This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is not 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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic and school libraries at the entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I did 150 hours of internships with another 100 hours of field work, for my grad work, and have had a six-week Summer School stint and a six-month leave replacement in a school district. I volunteered as a story time reader and summer program helper with two local libraries in the 1990s.
This job hunter is in a rural area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Permanence, proximity, salary.
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA joblist, professional listserv, but mostly websites of likely openings, (local school districts, local colleges, NYS Job bank).
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 rewrite my resume to address job descriptions, visit website to see if I can use information provided to enhance my cover letter, and make the cover letter as personalized to the person reading it as I can.
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
√ Other: I’ve gone the other way to get a non-teaching job. I’ve obfuscated the truth about my role at a school. It worked to get the interview but then I elaborated about my role on the actual application they had me fill out when I arrived for the interview and was then denied the interview.
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ Other: I would like to know why I was not selected for an interview; i.e., insufficient documentation, other more qualified candidates, too little experience, etc.
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)?
√ Other: Meeting with the principal
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Use established databases, i.e., ALA joblist, graduate school job lists, or olasjobs in NY.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Not waste my time by already having a candidate picked or need to fulfill a quota of minorities.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
I don’t expect salary to be posted, but another question could be would we like salary range to be posted? Yes! Accurate dates of start/end times would be appreciated also. Especially this time of year, are they looking for a leave replacement, or hiring for next year. Lastly, if three years of experience isn’t really required, just preferred, please state that.
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