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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in library vendors/service providers, non-profits, government agencies, academic, public, and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience.
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Southern US.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
– varying, challenging duties
– positive, growth-oriented environment
– interesting work (whatever that may be for the environment and position)
Where do you look for open positions?
– Indeed, INALJ, lisjobs
– State library association website
– individual libraries/organizations (I am limited by location)
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
I look for where my resume meets the language from the advertisement and when necessary make changes (e.g., “research assistance” to “reference interview”). I also take out/add duties and accomplishments least/most relevant to the position.
I tailor every cover letter, so it takes quite a while to complete application materials. The letter is much harder than the resume.
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
√ Other: I left a position after being bullied, but saying that in an interview puts a critical eye on me. So, I give other reasons. All are true but are kind of weak as far as motivating factor for leaving a job.
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ 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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
I see hampering of the process with HR and/or automated application systems. For example, in an automated system, my application was labelled as not meeting the minimum requirements for a position for which I was overqualified. This is not to say I was the “best candidate,” but I was definitely a qualified candidate. This is when I learned to be more careful about the language I use and match it to the advertisement.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Even if it’s negative, I would like feedback, especially after an interview. This may be “painful” in the moment but could certainly be productive in the big picture.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
If there is a secret, I would like to know it! 🙂
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
Thank you for this website.
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