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. This person is looking in academic, public, school, and special libraries as well as in
anything related to libraries, education, or office work,
at the entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I’ve been volunteering at my local public library. Because I am a current student, they allow me to sit at the reference desk, weed the collection, and order books.
I will soon be starting an internship at a small academic library. I believe I will learn all aspects of running an academic library because it is so small.
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Western US and is not willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Something I believe I am very qualified for.
Where do you look for open positions?
Many library listservs. (calix, MLA, SLA)
City and County employment sites.
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?
Answer all the easy questions first. Copy and paste job addresses, descriptions, etc. I do not want to spend more than 30 minutes on it.
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 follow-up after an interview
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)?
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Make job postings more casual in nature. Write in common words what the position is responsible for. Too much formality makes it hard to know if a person is qualified or not.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Hold group interviews.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Knowing people/ networking.
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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!