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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic libraries, library vendor/service providers, and special libraries at the following levels: Entry level and requiring at least two years of experience.
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Southern US and is willing to move,
but not out of state.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Type of library, location, specialization (reference).
Where do you look for open positions?
State/local job listing blog, college/university system 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?
Read through job requirements and match them to my skills, update resume, write cover letter. Usually several hours.
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?
√ 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?
Give a detailed job description, be willing to consider new graduates.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Try to give timelines on when to expect a response. I don’t mind waiting a while for a response if an employer has mentioned the possible wait time.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
It seems to be who you know in many cases. But also having a carefully put together application packet, and getting it in as early as possible.
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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!