Job seekers aren’t going to be upset with the hiring team personally if we’re not selected

OP_82 US Cavalry Hunting for Illicit Stills in SC 1870This 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, archives, library vendors/service providers, public, school, and special libraries, at the entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

Volunteer with the public library downtown handling book sales, outreach, and a bookstore within the library. Also an editor for a local museum, working directly with archives and archival projects.

This job hunter is in a city/town in the Midwestern US, and when asked if willing to move for a job wrote, 


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

– Challenging problems.
– Ample hours.
– Interaction.

Where do you look for open positions?

SimplyHired, Craigslist, INALJ, etc, etc.

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?

Depends on the job and what they require.

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ Yes

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?

√ Email

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?

Post a thorough job description. The employer should ask for exactly the candidate they’re interested in: nothing more, nothing less.

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

Communicate. Let us know you’ve received our application, and contact us even if we’re not a match at any stage. The number of times I’ve gone to an interview, had references contacted, and then heard nothing is astonishing and disheartening. (For my references, too.) Job seekers aren’t going to be upset with the hiring team personally if we’re not selected – it’s a business, and we understand – but please, let us know where we stand.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Who knows? Being the right age. Asking for the right salary. Knowing someone within the department. Getting the right degree. Choosing the right references. Anything and everything.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey!

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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