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 less than six months. This person is looking in Academic libraries and Archives, at the following levels: Entry level and Requiring at least two years of experience. This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US, and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Working with metadata
A position which encourages me to participate in national groups
Where do you look for open positions?
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 save jobs to work on and flag them based on due date. I have several saved cover letters and generally take about an hour to adapt them based on the job posting. I also go over my resume to see if there’s any work experience not mentioned on there which is relevant to this position.
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 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 do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Post jobs that are targeted to people with the specific skill sets they’ll need (don’t frame a fairly reference job as metadata, etc.).
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Communication is really important, as is communication method. I greatly appreciate email updates regarding the process. And if it’s bad news, I want to hear it via email. I once got a very painful phone call (on both ends) telling me they went with another person and profusely apologizing because apparently we were essentially tied in the running. It would have been a much easier conversation to have via email.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Confidence. Knowing your stuff. And if you find any other secrets, let us know!
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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!