Decent salary, benefits and commute from home (within 30 miles)

Hunting Party Near The Writing-On-Stone Royal Northwest Mounted Police Detachment Galt Museum and Archives on the Flickr CommonsThis anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has 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, archives, public, school, and special libraries, at the following levels:requiring at least two years of experience, senior librarian.

This job hunter is in an urban area in Northeastern US and is possibly willing to move,

certainly within the state.

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

Interesting work
Congenial work environment (i.e. colleagues)
Decent salary, benefits and commute from home (within 30 miles)

Where do you look for open positions?

INALJ, New England Jobline (Simmons College GSLIS), Highereducattionjobs, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Harvard University, other college job sites

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 find the online applications to be very time consuming and often only repeat information that is easily found in the resume. For some organizations one must fill out the application, often providing references, for each job interview. I wish there was some way to stream line this process

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 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: Any contact. It feels like resumes just go into a black hole and are never acknowledged in any way.

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)?

√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

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

Include salary range and other benefits; advertise more widely; spend more than the mythical 30 seconds on each resume and cover letter.

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

Communicate in some way, even a form email note, with prospective employees so that the person at least knows that the application was received, is complete, etc.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?


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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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