Czar Ferdinand hunting (LOC)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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic and special libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in an urban area in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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




Where do you look for open positions?

listservs thru school



Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

Depends on how invested I am in the job… sometimes a day, other times a few days

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)?

√ Tour of facility

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

List a close date

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

Provide emails if the posting has been closed and/or filled

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Being published

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!


Filed under Academic, Job hunter's survey, Midwestern US, Special, Urban area

3 responses to “Unionized

  1. Can we get an idea of how and why responders may have stretched the truth?


    • I don’t have addresses to follow up with survey respondents, so on an individual basis, no.
      I do have plans to eventually write a statistical post looking at just this answer – it may take a while for me to get to it though.


  2. Thanks Emily – it comes up just often enough to be intriguing.


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