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 Six months to a year. This person is looking in Public libraries, at the following levels: Entry level, Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory, Senior Librarian, and Branch Manager. This job hunter is in an urban area, in the Western US and is willing to move
to the Seattle Metro area.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
In three years I plan to retire, but I would like to work part-time on a temporary basis–like when someone calls in sick, or when they go on vacation. So I am looking for an employer that will hire an older, dependable, smart librarian with great people skills. I’m no drama, low maintenance, and I can provide folks with resources they seek, reader’s advisory, computer/technical instruction. I earned my MLIS just 10 years ago, but I believe I’m still the whole package–just want to be part-time temp three years from now.
Where do you look for open positions?
PNLA, because I want a job in King County, WA–near Seattle.
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 haven’t yet, except, last year I applied for a job in Pierce County, WA and was turned down. I spent at least 8 hours on it–resume, cover letter, and application. Also a media attachment from the Idaho Statesman where a library customer and I made the front page for Book-A-Librarian service.
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?
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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Keep an open mind.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
You need to know the people at the library where you apply for the job.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.
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!