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 less than six months. This person is looking in public libraries at the entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
academic library – outreach. small public library – youth services.
This job hunter is in a City/Town in the Midwestern US and is willing to move
to New England.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
programming, reference, and collection development duties in youth department
an administration that welcomes ideas from all staff and appreciates innovation
Where do you look for open positions?
professional listservs, state library association, joblines, INALJ
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
I compare the listing to my resume and make sure that I emphasize the skills and experiences that overlap. I research the library (and the people accepting applications, if possible) through social media and professional networking sites and incorporate some of our common interests into the cover letter. I let these sit for a day or two and come back to them with fresh eyes.
I probably spend about 3-7 hours on a job application packet.
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?
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?
If they have particular schools they have had good experiences with, getting in touch with the career resources people at those schools would be a good start.
Publicizing opportunities on relevant listservs.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
make sure the closing date and qualifications and such are in the job description
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
having the necessary skills and showcasing them properly
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!