This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has 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 academic and public libraries, and library vendors/service providers, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience.
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere in the Midwest.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1) A good fit with my experiences and skills
2) Good pay & benefits
3) Room for advancement or at least the ability to gain more skills
Where do you look for open positions?
Indeed.com, ALA joblist, university hr pages, tln.lib.mi.us
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Other: It’s nice when it’s obvious, but as long as the pay grade is available I can look up the salary range elsewhere on the HR pages.
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
At least a day to two days depending on when the end date for the application is.
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?
√ Phone for good news, email for bad news
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 completely honest about the responsibilities of the job and what they expect from someone they hire, and how that person will fit into the organization.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Notifications when you have not made it to the next round so you’re not waiting for a call that never comes.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Right time and place.
I have my current job because I’m still in the LIS program. Just having a BA would technically qualify me for the position but I’d be in competition with people who had more education. On the same note having the MLIS would make me somewhat overqualified for what I currently do and might make me look like someone who is just working until they could find something better.
Finally the hours that I work are a huge turnoff for most people (midnight – 8:30am) so I had less competition for this job and once I got accustomed to the hours they ended up working perfectly for me.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
I’m curious to see how many people that are employed feel that they are underemployed considering their education.
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!