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 less than six months six months to a year a year to 18 months more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic and public libraries, at positions requiring at least two years of experience.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Staff who work well together
Opportunity to work on forward-thinking projects
Where do you look for open positions?
Professional listserv, iSchool job postings, ARL job list, code4lib, INALJ, LinkedIn
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?
- Update my resume
- Write my cover letter
- Go through the online process
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?
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 employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Ask the right questions. Get a feel for the person’s working style and determine whether the person is a good fit with the rest of the staff. No mind games.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Be upfront with the process– let the applicants know at what point they are every step of the way. Be honest about why they chose a particular person- don’t sugar-coat it.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I’d love to know, because I haven’t found it yet.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
This was therapeutic– thanks.
Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!