This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field) and has been looking for a new position for less than six months. This person is looking in academic, archives, library vendors/service providers, public, and special libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory.
This job hunter is in a rural area in the Southern US.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
- Location, as I am bound to a specific geographic location because of my spouse’s job
- Type of position (is it professional? academic? tenure? etc.)
- Salary and benefits
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA, specific institutions’ websites, lots of professional listservs like ILI, RSS, INFOLIT, state library association websites, Libgig, INALJ, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Archives Gig, city employment sites
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?
Read the job description through 2 or 3 times. Highlight key phrases or job responsibilities that correspond with my own experience or skills. Do a little research on the employer- check out their website, staff (if available), try to get a sense of company culture. Edit resume/cv to reflect job description. Write cover letter- this can be long or brief depending on if I am submitting a resume or a CV. Prepare any other parts of the application that are required and submit. I usually can do this in a day or two if I have the time but sometimes it can take longer.
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
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ 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
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Offer a competitive salary & benefits package and state that in the job announcement. It’s becoming less common to see this and it’s frustrating to apply for a position only to find out that the salary & benefits are not what you expected.
Express enthusiasm during the interview process. I want to feel like this would be a great place to work.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Communicate throughout the process. Even if HR is behind or the interview process is taking longer than you thought, keep me updated so I am not obsessing over it.Smile!
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Timing, who you know, and knowledge.
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This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!