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 and public libraries, at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory.Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
Currently in grad school and working paraprofessional jobs / graduate assistanceships.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move regionally.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
A living wage and health benefits
Self-actualization (feel like I’m accomplishing something)
Where do you look for open positions?
INALJ, listserv, jobs blogs
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 spend about an hour, tweaking my resume and cover letter to fit the position. Of course, I’m currently a paraprofessional, so it will probably take me longer in the future.
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?
√ 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?
Be truthful about their desires in the job listing.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Communicate! Even if it’s a fill-in-the-blanks mass market email, it’s still nice to know you haven’t been forgotten.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Knowing the right person.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
good luck to everyone!
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!