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 academic libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory, department head.
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Southern US and is willing to move. In fact,
I want to move, that’s the only reason I’m looking.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1. location: I want to move to the metro area where my partner has a job
2. match on my experience/preferred type of library
3. location again!
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA, listservs, individual library/institution sites (for schools I’ve determined are in the metro area I’m interested in), state/regional library association job boards
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 take this very seriously and spend a lot of time on it. I review my resume/cv and references to make sure they best fit the job ad. I print, then highlight, the ad or other job descriptions for the position to make sure I use relevant words and phrases in my cover letter. I make sure the letter shows that my experience matches up with what they are looking for. I usually spend a week refining the letter before I submit my packet.
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?
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?
I think they probably already get the best candidates, since the market is so overwhelmed.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Keep communicating with applicants, even those who aren’t hired. Keep candidates informed of the timeline. Be upfront about the salary and benefits, so the candidates don’t have to raise this thorny topic.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
if I knew, I’d have a job in the location I want!
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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!