Love of teaching and putting students’ learning first

Hunting with Texas Jim Mitchell and friends in the Florida EvergladesThis 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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic, public, and special libraries, at the following levels: supervisory, department head, senior librarian, branch manager, director/dean.

This job hunter is in an rural area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move within the state

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

Located close to family (no more than two hour drive); instructional opportunities (both F2F and online); and health insurance.

Where do you look for open positions?

LibGig, Chronicle of Higher Ed, LinkedIn,,

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

√ No (even if I might think it *should* be)

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

about 3 hours

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?

√ Email

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?

List positions in several online sources and be flexible about required degrees over years of experience.

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

Keep the applicant in the loop. Let us know where you are in the process and give an estimate of when a decision will be made.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Enthusiasm about the job and the institution. Love of teaching and putting students’ learning first.

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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!

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