make the application process simple

Kimberley is currently employed as a Retention Specialist at a casual yet professional law firm, where most employees have been around for ten + years and she is the newbie with ten months. She has been looking for a new position for less than six months. She is looking in Library vendors/service providers and corporate/legal, for positions requiring at least two years of experience. Her hobbies are hobbies are reading, cooking, and long urban walks.Kimberly is an urban area in the Western US, and is willing to move,

if salary is good enough.

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

salary
responsibilities/duties
growth potential

Where do you look for open positions?

listserv
linkedin
professional associations
colleagues

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?

10-15 minutes

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

√ No

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)?

√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

list salary – wont get people applying whom you can not afford
make the application process simple – anything more than a resume and a writing sample (if the position requires the employee to regularly post/submit articles) should be required

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

have very clear job descriptions posted
never do more than 2 on site meetings and more than one pre on site phone call or video interview
interviews should be with those who have decision making abilities only

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

knowing someone already at the company

Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?

i love this survey idea
found you on twitter
hope some employers are reviewing this as well

For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.

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!

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