This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not currently employed, 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. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I interned at two local historical societies for projects. Both started as volunteer, but one progressed to a wage position for a set-length project.
This job hunter is in an urban area, in the Midwestern US and when asked if willing to move, replied
not at first, but now considering it
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Location, Location, Location
Where do you look for open positions?
University job sites
discipline specific job 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 have a few portfolios ready to go with education, experience, skills, and projects. I also have a few letter templates that I start with and edit for specific positions. It took many days to make the initial documents. Maybe 40 hours. I now spend the most time on each cover letter -maybe 5 hours each.
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
√ Other: I unintentionally made it seem like I had written multiple grants, when I had only written 1. I was asked about it, and it was awkward.
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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
I think that reaching out to departments, and even individuals can work. If they know what they are looking for, why not initiate some of the searching rather than waiting for applicants to find you?
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Going out to lunch is sort of tiring during a long day. My last interview was 9 straight hours of face time except for going to the bathroom. I would prefer to eat by myself and get a nice break- then meeting up again afterwards.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I don’t want to sound cynical, but it seems like having friends in the right places seems to work the majority of the time.
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