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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic libraries and archives, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience.
This job hunter is in a city/town, in the Eastern US and was willing to move, but not anymore.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Independence, hours and compensation.
Where do you look for open positions?
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?
The first two years I searched for positions that suited transferable skills, on job training and internships full time days. The second two years I continue to attend workshops, webinars and to adjust my resume and cover letter to specific and individual requirements of positions.
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
√ Other: To inform me of what to improve.
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?
Eliminate personal biases, financial compensation that does not equate with personal worth, explain the job and the best fit with those other than management.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Ignorance of surplus labor.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
Thank you. Best luck to the newer generation.
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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!