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 public libraries, at the following levels: entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I interned for the a major urban library and have been volunteering for them for almost a year.
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?
Decent pay, enough to live on without worrying about the rent.
Proactive co-workers who want to provide services to all members of the community.
Ideally an entry level position with a supervisor who can help train me.
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA joblist, indeed.com, inalj.com, my grad school listserv, and state library job banks
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 spend anywhere from half an hour to 2 hours. I tend to value applying to many different jobs, over agonizing over one specific application.
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?
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?
Make sure that the application process isn’t needlessly convoluted. List the job in the major places, such as ala job list.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Why all the lengthy application pages? Some places seem to do fine with just resume/ cover letter, so I am confused why some places require extensive applications.
Make sure that the website actually works. Hard to apply to a job when it isn’t possible to upload my required resume.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Having enough experience and clicking with the people doing the hiring. Knowing someone helps, but isn’t necessary or always sufficient.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
I have been pleasantly surprised by the hiring process within libraries. Yes, aspects are frustrating and I would like if every job got back to me quickly, but compared to my experiences before in other fields, it has been better.
Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!