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 special libraries, at the following levels: entry level.
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Midwestern US and is not willing to move.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Job in my specialty (health science)
Job within a reasonable driving distance
Full time employment
Where do you look for open positions?
Indeed, professional listservs, and I Need a Library Job Newsletter
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?
I review the job application. Rewrite my cover letter to highlight my qualities that specifically meet the job’s requirements. Log in to the company’s/library’s job application system and fill out the application. All in all, I spend at least an hour for each application but could be up to 2 hours.
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
√ 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)?
√ Tour of facility
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
I don’t think that they have to do anything. In the area that I live in there are two library schools and any number of unemployed graduates and librarians looking for work. If an employer posts a job, even if just on their website, they get flooded with applications.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Contact applicants at some point during the process to let them know whether or not they are seriously being considered for the position. The position that I was just hired for took over three months from answering the job posting and accepting the offer. At points during the process, I thought that the position must have been filled.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I think that the secret is attitude and being able to explain how you are the best candidate for the position. Job applicants should be enthusiastic and put their best foot forward during the entire process. I have taken part in group interviews before and you would be surprised how ill prepared some applicants are. They do not research the library and its patrons. They do not review the job posting and have examples ready as to why they are the best candidate and have all of the skills and knowledge necessary to perform the duties of the job.
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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!