Send a group email to let those who are not getting interviews

Rabbit hunting on the Otago Central Railway, ca 1900This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not 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, library vendors/service providers and public libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in an city/town in the Western US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

1. Positive work environment
2. Salary
3. Location

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist, inalj.com, ACAT

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

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 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?

√ 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
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

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

State why the job is unique and be explicit on salary, benefits, environment, and location.

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

Send a group email to let those who are not getting interviews know so that they can move on.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Personality. Skills are important but if your personality is repellent then there’s no hope.

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!

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