I am unable to intern during “normal” business hours

ConDev5378A Hunting Dog, 1945, Washington County, NCThis 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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic, public, school, and special libraries, archives, library vendor/service provider, corporate / non-profit, at the following levels: I am in a unique situation with being in a current career having relevant experience in a myriad of areas along with my degrees. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

Due to my current career status, I am unable to intern during “normal” business hours, which makes this difficult for me to gain any experience.

This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Midwestern US and is not willing to move.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

Salary equal or more to what I am making in my current career.

Benefits similar (or paid time off just less than) to what I have in my current career.

A greater daily challenge than what I have in my current career along with a new career and position in which I can settle and plan to retire in many years down the road.

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist
Indeed
professional orgs
LinkedIn
INALJ
Crain’s
Metromode
University/College websites
Non-Profit Organization websites

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

√ No (even if I might think it *should* be)

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

Dependent on the position, its requirements and the hiring entity, I may send my “standard” cover letter and resume or spend several hours to a couple days researching the company, the position, general salaries of the position, and revising my documents accordingly.

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ No

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
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

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
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Provide specifics of responsibilities and measurement of goals in job posting.
Communicate salary if out of the general average range.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Provide specifics of responsibilities and measurement of goals in job posting.
Communicate salary if out of the general average range.
Be relaxed and friendly.
Treat the interview as a conversation.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Ask questions about specifics of responsibilities and measurement of goals in job posting.
Ask questions about the hiring entity, its employees, its short and long term goals.
Be relaxed and friendly.
Treat the interview as a conversation.

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!

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