a quick note saying that applications are still being reviewed and that mine hasn’t fallen into the black hole

Hunting party, probably Christchurch district, [ca 1915]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 libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory.

This job hunter is in an city/town in the Southern US and is willing to move within Texas

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

Instruction as a main duty of the position
Colleagues that have a sense of humor
Professional development support

Where do you look for open positions?

Instruction as a main duty of the position
Colleagues that have a sense of humor
Professional development support

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 spend most of my time drafting the cover letter (about an hour). I usually take the job description, review previous cover letters I have written and cut/paste relevant sections and re-draft them to make them relevant for the position I am applying for. I also restructure my resume as applicable.

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 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
√ Other: If the review process is taking longer than expected (a quick note saying that applications are still being reviewed and that mine hasn’t fallen into the black hole)

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
√ Being able to present

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

– Honestly list expectations of someone in the open position. Some institutions have a blanket librarian job description that doesn’t cover actual expectations.
– List a salary range in job postings.
– Advertise the position through professional organizations.

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

– Communicate at all stages with applicants.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Not applying for jobs for which you don’t have the qualifications. It bogs down the selection committee unnecessarily, but also wastes your time. And be yourself, it comes out in the interview anyway, so try to portray your personality a little in the cover letter so the interviewers know what to expect and it may help you get to the interview stage in the first place!

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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