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 less than six months. This person is looking in academic libraries, archives, special libraries, museums, and historical societies at the following levels: entry level; requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
2 years of experience in university special collections and libraries.
This job hunter is in a city/town in Western US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Collecting policy subjects that I am interested in and have knowledge of
Where do you look for open positions?
University employment sites
SAA career center
Government employment sites
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Only for certain kinds of employers
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
I review my resume against the job ad, editing my resume based on the wording and responsibilities listed in the ad. Then I work on a cover letter, using a standard base, then catering it to the institution’s mission statement and objectives, as well as the position listing. After that, it depends on what the employer asks for. It takes me anywhere from an hour to a couple of hours for one application package.
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
√ 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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Knowing what they want and putting specifics in a job ad, specifically not putting unrealistic requirements for positions (i.e. for your ideal/dream applicant)
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Be in communication with applicants by acknowledging that an application has been received or if a position has been filled.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Confidence in oneself and your abilities. Also, being very prepared for an interview.
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