I can’t help but feel I wasted a lot of time if not hired

Hunting Party in the Pinelands by the Florida State ArchivesThis 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 less than six months. This person is looking in public libraries, at the entry level. 

This job hunter is in a city/town in the Midwestern US and is not willing to move until they complete their MLIS

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

1) Part time schedule
2) Pays more than $10/hr (I’m wrapping up my Bachelor’s so still paraprofessional)
3) Within 15 miles

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA joblist
City and surrounding towns HR
State HR
State Historical Society

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

√ Other: yes, I might still apply but it is a turn off

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

Not enough. Don’t know what you mean by packet but I spend most of my time on the cover letter

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?

√ Other: Email, phone regarding whether or not I got the job.

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

Don’t make it too drawn out – I can’t help but feel I wasted a lot of time if not hired

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Experience, resonance with interview panel

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!

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