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 six months to a year. This person is looking in public and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I have not done any internships or volunteering (as of now) because I was already employed in my current position when I started earning my MLIS.
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Northeastern US and does not want to move but is fearful that there will be no other choice.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1) Good Boss(es)
2) Freedom to provide the best service possible – and improv/get creative where necessary
3) close to my home
Where do you look for open positions?
Ads posted in staff room (i work pt at one library and am looking for an additional pt position)
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Only for certain kinds of employers
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
I make sure I have all the information i need to include down pat and spend as much time as I feel I need to get everything right (i.e. – spell-check, provide enough details, etc)
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
√ 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)?
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Be truthful in the ad and during the interview process. Be a great place to work (word tends to get around which places are good environments and which aren’t).
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Honestly not exactly sure.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
If I knew, I’d have a job! ; D But in all seriousness, I think it may be a combo of the right chemistry with the hiring party/interviewer and possessing most or all of the other qualities the employer is looking for (you live locally, have experience or training and so forth). I know it also can’t hurt to know the right person(s) – keep networking until you do!
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
I think surveys like this can be very valuable and hope my input helps. Thank You and best of Luck!
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!