Applicant Tracking Systems make things worse to the point where I do not even bother to apply anymore.

Picnic lunch on a hunting party, Queensland, ca. 1912This 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 than18 months. This person is looking in academic, library vendors/service providers, and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is not willing to relocate.

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

Interesting subject matter, unorthodox people (by which I mean co-workers who are not micromanaging slaves to procedure because “it’s simply always been done that way.)

Where do you look for open positions?

Online library sites.

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

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not

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

In a perfect world I would take the time to write a new cover letter for each job and to tweak my resume. However, I have discovered that it is pointless to do so as I have sent thousands of applications and recieved not one response (and even in the VERY rare instance I get an interview where they swear on a stack of bibles that they will call me one way or another….you guessed it, NOTHING!). I can’t be the bottom of the barrel in terms of intelligence, therefore, I conclude that only the top .001% with ten years of experience are ever considered for these openings. And the Applicant Tracking Systems make things worse to the point where I do not even bother to apply anymore.

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?

√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Other: Via email and not an ATS system. I am at the point where I will just not apply rather than retype my resume for the millionth time.

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?

Don’t assume that the best candidate is the one that spouts all the “orthodox” buzz words and give someone less experienced a shot.

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

Get rid of the ATS system. Do not say you will follow up on an actually interview and then disappear and refuse to even acknowledge several follow up attempts. I always feel like an idiot reaching out, but it’s what all those so called experts tell you to do. I got news for you. It doesn’t work.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Having one of your best friends own the company. This was the only thing that worked for me.

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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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