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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic, library vendors/service providers, public, special libraries or “Anywhere they’ll hire me”, at the following levels: entry level, and other: “Whatever they’ll hire me for” Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
2 years RA with the IPL. Couple years volunteering at the public library. Year and a half of webmastering a small site as a GA.
This job hunter is in an city/town in the Southern US and is willing to move within the region
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Requirements I can meet
Relevancy to a library career
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, LibGig, HigherEdJobs, GA library jobs, several Canada lists, alumni RSS
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?
Fill out the form, write a cover letter. ~ 1 hour
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
√ Other: If it’s full-time and it pays enough to live on, I probably want the job. People can afford to be this picky anymore??
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Humor is nice. Some attempt to allow people who have only done something for six months but are already experts/can learn to be quickly to apply, instead of just people who have done it for two solid years, even if they were mediocre or terrible at it as long as they can meet that time bar, would be kind of neat.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Fewer redundant forms– all the time, it’s upload your resume AND copy-paste it all into ten pages of text boxes. The better ones will at least auto-fill some of the text boxes, but that’s about 5%. What’s the point of uploading a resume, and REQUIRING uploading a resume, if you’ve asked for the entire thing in the application anyway?
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Luck, amiability, flexibility, and as much experience as possible. Mostly the first and last.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
Could have more about where one is currently employed. I’m technically employed, part-time in a State job with no benefits that has little if anything to do with my degree. Still looking. I don’t think “are you employed” and “how long were you looking before you were employed” accurately reflect my situation.
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!