This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not 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, at the following levels: entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
Work prior to MLS:
2 years, as a page
4 years, student doing reference work
Work during MLS
2 years, circulation
1 year, business reference/supervisory
1 year, archive reference
3 months, tech services – special collections/rare
Business Reference Internship, worked with wiki’s and chat & in-person reference
Paley Center for Media, NY – worked with reference department
Small Academic Library Internship, worked across departments for 1 semester. Met with director weekly, had a series of mini projects ranging from creating & manage budgets, collection development, weeding, A/V, cataloging, archives, and reference services
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere:
after summer 2013 (started looking Spring 2012).
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Where do you look for open positions?
si.all.open (university of michigan ischool open listserv)
newlib list serv
inalj.com (& linkedin)
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Other: Yes, but I will apply regardless.
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Around 4 days to 1 week on a cover letter. The more cover letters I do, the less time it takes to complete a cover letter. Overall, I do not spend more than an hour or two customizing/updating my CV. I normally finish additional forms beyond these after the fact. I absolutely hate additional sections that weren’t specifically outlined in the job description to talk about.
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
√ Other: No, but I think that my overconfidence is pushing it.
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
√ Other: If I am probably not going to get an interview, but they would like to keep me in mind in case everyone else drops out!
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
√ Being taken out to meal
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Other: Informal talks with new librarians
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Give a due date for applications.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
More communication for applicants, even in knowing internal deadlines/schedules would be helpful. Waiting for a rejection that comes 8 months later is dreadful!
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Already having a job as as a full-time librarian.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
I think it would be good to know if people are still looking for employment, if unemployed in a library field. And if they are employed in another field in the meantime. And if that field is relevant to their future career.
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!