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, public,and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory, and I will apply on jobs that I am slightly under qualified for- you never know what they might accept! I consider the posting a wish list. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I have never volunteered in a library but I have worked at circulation and page services before
This job hunter is in a city/town in Canada and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Location, wage and Academic libraries- no particular order
Where do you look for open positions?
I’m in Canada so Partnership Board (BCLA), FLA (Alberta, but has positions everywhere), CLA (has positions in the States too).
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?
I always tweak my CV for the job, highlighting the asked for skills. I always write a new cover letter. The process takes me 3-5 hours broken up over a few days so I can proof the final product before I send it out.
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
√ Other: Is highlighting a skill that I have done only a few times stretching? This question lumps everything together with lying….If I have done something I think it counts.
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ To acknowledge my application
√ 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?
Make the requirements easy to understand in posting. Be realistic about who you want and who you will get. I don’t want to read: You are an energetic team player….I like concrete information so I can see if I fit. Make the interview about the actual skills needed
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Take less time in the whole process…. Tell when you will be calling to set up interviews and hiring dates and stick to them… It is frustrating to hear 2 months past when I applied.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Something on your resume has to pop out to get you into the interview room… then, for me anyway, its the interview. I think I interview very well but I have sat in on interviews where the interviewees are very nervous or give one word answers. You have to wow them. Be prepared and have scenarios based on the job posting
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
Other questions you can ask: What do you do to prepare for an interview?
Comments: So often I see entry level librarians not willing to move for a job… there are a lot of great opportunities in rural areas where you can learn all aspects of running a library but no one wants to move… They need to know that moving for work does not have to be forever and it is sooo worth it!
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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!