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 six months to a year. This person is looking in academic and public libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience : Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I have worked a public and academic library in varying capacities, but mostly circulation. However each experience provided me with an opportunity to utilize reference skills, different software and hardware, and my educational background.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Southern US and is willing to move anywhere, depending on the salary.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
-Environment that is open to new ideas and is less rigid
-Specific job tasks
Where do you look for open positions?
INALJ, Texas Library Jobline, HigherEd, Indeed.com
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?
Break down the requirements to see where my skills, knowledge, and abilities fit in. Highlight those that match. One job position asked for a KSA (Knowledge, skills, and abilities) statement and I have found that very useful to set up for other applications. I spend half a day to 2 days working on an 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?
√ Other:To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
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?
Please be specific on what kind of candidate is best suited for the position. I have seen one job posting for two or three different positions with very little description for each. Note not just the requirements but common tasks this position needs. The same job positing was listed on the city website with a very general librarian posting information. This does not let potential candidates know what you want and most likely result in several unnecessary applications.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Again please list what you want. Be succinct and clear as to what the job entails and the abilities needed to performed that job. Do not put up generic postings if it is not entry level.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
It is a combination of luck, experience, and knowing people. Its not just one thing. The best thing is to learn from your mistakes and bring that new knowledge to your next application process.
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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!