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 less than six months. This person is looking in academic, archives, and public libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Midwestern US and is willing to move contingent on ability to transfer by the the job hunter’s husband.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Meaning, pay, location
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, Wayne State Listserv, SLA locals joblists, INDEED.com, specific institutions, LinkedIn.com
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 probably spend 1 to 2 hours revising my resume, writing a cover letter, and editing my reference list for each job. I have basic documents for certain types of jobs and just adjust them to each specific job. For instance, I have a set of documents for archives jobs/special collections jobs and a separate set for academic library jobs.
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
√ 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?
√ 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
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Be specific about the position. Do not give vague descriptions of the job duties, but explain exactly what the employee will do and who they will work with.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Employers that use systems like People Admin should find a way to inter connect so that people are not entering the exact same data for 40 jobs with 40 institutions.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I think the secret to being hired is being realistic. You may not turn up your dream job that pays a dream salary. But be on the look out for something that will be a great experience.
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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!