It’s hard to apply for a job only to find out that there is no health insurance for the first three months or that the pay rate is less than $30,000 annually

A hunter and his dog quail hunting De Funiak Springs, FloridaThis 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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic libraries, archives, library vendor/service providers, public libraries, special libraries, and corporate libraries at the following levels: Entry level, requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory.

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?

Remote status (work from home), challenge, health insurance

Where do you look for open positions?

Everywhere! I look at the ALA Joblist, on professional listservs,,, etc.

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 spend at least an hour on preparing an application. I prepare my resume specifically for that job, answer all the questions, edit everything, and turn everything in.

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ No

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
√ Other: When they hire 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)?

√ Other: Finding out more about the job

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

They should state how much they pay and what their benefits are. It’s hard to apply for a job only to find out that there is no health insurance for the first three months or that the pay rate is less than $30,000 annually.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

They should be honest and state the relevant info up front.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Honestly, determination, and hard work.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey!

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!

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