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 libraries at the following levels: Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory, Department Head. When asked if s/he had internship/volunteering experience, this person said,
None. I have worked in academic libraries for 12 years in progressing positions. I finally took the step to get my MLS after ceiling myself out of advancement.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Southern US, and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1. Collaborative Environment – lack of us vs. them in regards to paraprofessional to professional and how well different departments interact.
2. Advancement opportunities – lack of stagnation in tasks, education and title advancement.
3. Pay/location of job
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, NC State Library job list, and several other state listings (from individual states/regions) I have about 8 different feeds go directly into my Feedly account. Works great!
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 have a few cover letters I use. I tweak them from job to job. Typically I spend about 30 minutes to an hour doing that. My resume does not get tweaked.
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?
√ 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)?
√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Be honest about expectations. If they want something specific in a candidate but up front about it. Don’t use the same old job listing they have used for years unless they want the same old candidates. If they want something specific list it.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
On-campus all day interviews are grueling; there is no way around that. But it would be nice to let a candidate know you are still interested in them after a month after interview. Otherwise you may loose a first choice due to them taking a job elsewhere.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Who you know and gaining measurable 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!