This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not 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, archives, public, and special libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory.
This job hunter is in a rural area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
People needing access to information
Helping people discover good reading materials, both fiction and non-fiction
Where do you look for open positions?
INALJ, local job boards (NYS, MO, MS), USA JOBS
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?
As much time as it takes to create an application packet that promotes my skills and illustrates my research into what the job, geography, and demographics present.
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
√ Being able to present
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Write job descriptions that illustrate the pros AND cons (positives and troubles) related to the position. Every job has good and bad aspects. I believe it’s important to know the tough parts of a job before accepting a position to insure you ARE in the right spot. Some difficult aspects of job some people are not equipped to deal with, either psychologically or emotionally.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
I’m not sure a broad answer can apply here.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Many times is comes down to the right time for both organization and applicant. While this is denied by organizations, they may have a person in mind for an opening and go through applicant-interview process simply to fulfill EEO requirements.
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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!