This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for six months to a year This person is looking in public and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
Internships and volunteering in reference and outreach services in public libraries.
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Northeastern US and is not willing to move.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Career Growth, Ability to use degree, Work/Life Balance
Where do you look for open positions?
Indeed, INALJ, NJLA
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 customize my resume and cover letter to highlight my skills relevant to the position. I also research the library/organization/company beforehand and add any other relevant info from my background. I spend about 45 minutes to an hour.
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 do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
They can scout out profiles on linkedin, ask within professional organizations for referrals, and advertise through as many sites as possible.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Get back to applicants quickly, no matter what the news.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Answering questions concisely during the interview.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
Not at this time.
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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!