I would really like to know what you liked about me and where I can improve.

Woman with gun and hunting dogs Tallahassee, Florida by State Archive of Florida via Flickr CommonsThis 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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic and public libraries at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory, department head, senior librarian, branch manager.

This job hunter is in a small urban area in the Midwestern US and is not willing to move.

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

1.Salary that I can live on
2.Professional development opportunities
3.The ability to create positive change

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist
State library association websites
Higheredjobs website
Websites of places I am interested in working

Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

√ Other: No, even though it absolutely should be.

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

The time I spend depends on each application. I keep folders of all jobs I have applied for and if the job is similar to something I have applied for in the past I will work from that template. I will go through the requirements of the position and personalize the template to highlight skills that would be needed for the job. Sometimes I spend hours on an application and sometimes the process doesn’t take very long at all.

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
√ 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

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

Posting the salary being offered for the position is something I would like to see more of. Additionally, it is always helpful to have as many details about the job as possible in the listing.

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

If there is already somebody in mind for the position, be honest about that.
Give feedback after the interview process. I would really like to know what you liked about me and where I can improve.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

I don’t know what the secret is. Knowing somebody on the inside who can put in a good word for you is always helpful, but I really hope there are more secrets than that.

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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