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, library vendors/service providers and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
1.5 years as a research assistant to the department chair, 1 academic year as a practicum student in an academic library, 1 academic year as a paid virtual reference librarian for the university where I received my MLS
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Northeastern and is willing to move anywhere with some limitations
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Position description, ocation/school, and salary.
Where do you look for open positions?
INALJ, listserv, Indeed.com, college websites
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?
Revise resume/CV, revise cover letter or create new one based on the position, gather references, update e-portfolio and LinkedIn (if necessary), review materials, submit application.
Anywhere from 1-4 hours
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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Have an open mind to those newer to the profession. Experience does not guarantee performance or determine potential.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Be open and communicate with applicants.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Having a connection
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!