Doing what we librarians do best

PhC42.Bx17.Hunting.F12-1This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for six months to a year. This person is looking in academic, archives, library vendors/service providers, public, school, and special libraries, at the following levels: senior librarian.

This job hunter is in a city/town in the Midwestern US and is willing to move, preferably in the state in which the job hunter lives now, but moving elsewhere will be considered if the position and other personal factors are right.

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

I’m looking for an interesting, fulfilling job in a public or school library, doing what we librarians do best: connect our patrons with the riches of libraries’ resources; connecting people to their communities; and keeping up with technology as it applies to libraries.

Where do you look for open positions?

publib, Wisconsin online job searches, networking, in-person contacts at libraries, etc.

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 check my resume to ensure that it highlights relevant and pertinent experience for the prospective job; update cover letter as needed; research the library or other employer to prepare for a potential interview, etc. I generally spend two to three hours applying for a position.

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)?

√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

They should post job opportunities on library list servs such as publib; advertise at universities with library science programs; advertise on the ALA website; and post positions on state employment websites.

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

Employers should make very clear what the experiential expectations are: i.e., they should have expected qualifications and experience unambiguous on the job descriptions.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

I’d love to know.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey!

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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