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 and special libraries, library vendors/service providers, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
Graduated in December 2011 with a 3 years of student library work and a semester-long internship, currently have 14 mos part-time experience, volunteer 1-2 days a month at a museum library
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Challenging and engaging work, respect, collegial atmosphere
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA, ILI-L listserv, local joblists, institutional websites
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 the most time on my cover letter, then tweak my CV/resume according to the specific job requirements
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 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
√ Being able to present
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Be specific and realistic about job requirements and duties, clearly differentiate between required and desirable qualifications, be respectful of candidates during the application process
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Communicate in a timely manner and respond to all applications, even with a form rejection
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Knowing someone on the inside, being in the right place at the right time
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!