Shake up the job description so it’s not scripted and boring

Hunting guide Mr. Brown with wild turkeys near Green Swamp, FloridaThis 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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic and public libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in an urban area in the Western US and is willing to move with some limitations

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

Room to grown and learn and try new things, positive working environment with supportive management who are also advocates, competitive pay and opportunities for advancement.

Where do you look for open positions?, INALJ, Ala joblist, CLA listserv

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?

Depends on how many supplemental questions there are, but then I either revise or rewrite my cover letter to match the job description and type of position.

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ No

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?

√ Email

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

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Shake up the job description so it’s not scripted and boring, show some personality, have good interview panels with panelists who are engaged and interested, offer a competitive salary with room for advancement, offer support for professional development activities like conferences, support a positive culture of collaboration and transparency and make that apparent.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Make the application process more user-friendly (less repetitive, clear instructions, accessible website), consistent communication and clear timeline, creating a job description that is descriptive and encompasses actual job duties.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Luck, right time/right place, personality/connection, experience.

Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?

What are the secrets to finding a library job when trying to change library types? For example, how does one move from public to academic?

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey!

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!

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