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 a year a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic, archives, and special libraries, at the entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I did 2 summer internships while in grad school: reference and archives. I worked almost full time through grad school so I was unable to intern during the semester, and only one day per week during the summer.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is not willing to move.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Where do you look for open positions?
ACRL, Higher Ed Jobs, METRO, ALA Joblist, Indeed, SLA, NYFA Classifieds, lisjobs.com, INALJ, Archives Gig, Code4Lib
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?
1-3 hours. I print out the job announcement and underline specific qualifications and duties, then make sure to address each in the cover letter.
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 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?
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
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
√ Being able to present
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Communicate during each step of the process.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
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