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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in public libraries and private or charter school libraries at the entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I did a Practicum during my final semester in school. I volunteered at a local library for 7 months, and was hired there last month as a part-time Library Page. I am hoping this will be a step toward being hired as a Librarian.
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Midwestern US and is not willing to move.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
A position in the area I specialized in during my schooling.
A location within 30 minutes from where I live.
A position with competitive salary and good benefits.
Where do you look for open positions?
University listserv, The Library Network, LinkedIn, local library/city websites.
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 fill out the application first, if there is one required. Next, I make sure my resume is up-to-date and has all information pertinent to the position I’m applying for. Finally, I write my cover letter. I prefer to mail in application packets, but will email them if it is an accepted method.
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 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?
√ Other: Email or phone
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 is the secret to getting hired?
I wish I knew!
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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!