This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for six months to a year. This person is looking in academic libraries, archives, library vendors/service providers, at the following levels: Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory, and technologist Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
Whenever unemployed, I’ve volunteered for the Armenian Library Association, Massachusetts Archive, the Cambridge Historical Commission, and others.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Western US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
health benefits, career opportunities, income
Where do you look for open positions?
LinkedIn, USAjobs.gov, DigitalKoans, ALA, SAA, and Baynet joblists
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?
1 day, my cover and resume are tailored to the position each time
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?
√ Phone for good news, email for bad news
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?
Build a good reputation, be consistent, and word the position description as accurately as possible, surveying the landscape first
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Be prompt, clear, and responsive in communication. Keep applicants informed about timeline and timeline changes.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Be the best fit for the position (description is very important to consider). Answer all of the employers’ questions ahead of time, before they need to ask them.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
What reasons have I been given for not getting the job?
Not having completed the MLS program – not having my master’s
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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!