My secret is to maintain eye contact

Hunting Giraffe, Kalahari.' Author of work: Lulu Farini. via National ArchivesThis 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: entry level.

This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

Learning new ideas, creativity and challenge.

Where do you look for open positions?

LinkedIn and listserves

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?

It can take from 2 to 4 hours if I need to redefine information that pertain to specific position.

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 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?

To stop feeling pressured in order to fill a job opening, try to focus on employee referral and accept the candidates coachability. Candidate can be great fit and some training can be worth the company’s time.

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

Letting all the candidates know about their decision, because if they avoid the communication, than the candidates may not try to apply for another position opening with that employer. The professional approach is more important for the employer more so, than it is for the employee, in my opinion.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

If I was in the position where I would feel motivated and professionally challenged, I might have given you the answer for the question. My secret is to maintain eye contact, shake hands firmly and smile.

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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!

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