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 less than six months. This person is looking in academic, archives, library vendors/service providers, public, special libraries and museums, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I have a professional position (PT) that I undertook concurrently with my graduate education. I also have prior library experience.
This job hunter is in an city/town in the Midwestern US and is willing to move to certain cities
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Location, pay, interesting responsibilities
Where do you look for open positions?
Twitter, organization websites, job aggregators such as ALA Joblist, professional association sites
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 do drafts of both the cover letter & the CV/resume. The amount of time spent depends on the position, how badly I would like to work there, and how easily I can tailor previous application packets to the current one.
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)?
√ 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?
Make salary ranges transparent.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Acknowledge where in the hiring process they are: clear review dates for applications, notification of selection and decline.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
The perfect combination of previous experience, enthusiasm for the position & organization, and honestly, the most important is probably just timing and a network connection never hurts.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
I’m pretty interested in people with MLS/MSI degrees pursuing opportunities in other fields – I consider myself one of them, although I am also applying to library positions. Not sure if you’re interested in that, or if it is beyond the scope of the survey…
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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!