This 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 academic, public, and special libraries, and library vendors/service providers, at the following levels: supervisory, department head.
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Western US and is willing to move almost anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Salary commensurate with my qualifications.
A forwarding-looking organizational approach receptive to change
Supportive librarian colleagues
Where do you look for open positions?
Primarily on established joblists, including ALA, but I expect to see numerous postings appearing on listservs also
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Other: I don’t necessarily expect it, but it is a red flag.
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
That depends on whether or not it goes beyond the simply resume/CV, cover letter, & list of references sent via e-mail. For that scenario, I usually spend ~30 minutes. Any major customization takes longer – for example, if I have to write a cover letter which is substantially unique.
For the standard online application process via the HR interface, as long as an hour, depending upon how much data must be entered into the forms.
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)?
√ 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?
The keys are providing salary information from the outset and presenting the most accurate description of the duties associated with the job
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Avoid the assumption that the current employer’s organizational structure represents the candidate’s point-of-view as to how a library should be organized, etc. This includes what positions do and do not exist.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Being perceived as the best fit for the current organizational needs
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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!