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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic and public libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory,
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Western US and is willing to move with some limitations
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Stimulating work that resonates with my areas of interest.
Open communication, inclusion, trust.
Good pay and benefits
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, Library Listservs, Individual websites, such a certain public libraries and colleges, INALJ, Facebook (via library groups), Linkedin.
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Usually a few weeks. Part of this is research, part is writing my cover letter and updating my CV. The least amount of time I’ve spent on a job application is one day.
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?
√ Phone for good news, email for bad news
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
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Interview panelists, please at least act as though you are pleased to be there. I have been interviewed by three different panels recently. There has been at least one person in each panel who has a grumpy look on their face or a disinterested air about them. I have worked hard to get to this stage, done my research, spent hours on my application, and decided on an appropriate wardrobe, and it’s very difficult to speak to a group of people who asked me there, only to find one of them looks as if they would rather have stayed home.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Being prepared, knowing someone, timing.
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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!