This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for less than six months. This person is looking in academic libraries, for positions requiring at least two years of experience.
This job hunter is in a city/town, in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
interesting and relevant work, stability/tenure, positive work environment
Where do you look for open positions?
MLA website, MEDLIB-L, local library websites
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Only for certain kinds of employers
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
5-12 hours, I tailor my CV/resume for each application, research the position and institution/company, and labor over the cover letter
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?
√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Post, post, and repost, and have a lengthy open application period to attract the most candidates.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Instead of asking for cover letters, employers should provide a test or research assignment for the candidates and judge based on that, not on cover letters.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
networking and personal recommendations from current employees
Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!