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 six months to a year. This person is looking in public and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
As part of my library school experience, I was required to do a semester-long internship called a Professional Field Experience. I had to fill out a PFE agreement, signed by the professor and site supervisor, indicating what my activities would be and how I would fulfill specific objectives of the library program. I chose to do the internship at a small public library, where I performed weeding & collection development in the 500s (Dewey) and worked on organizing a collection of older books left by the library’s founder.
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Northeastern US and is willing to move depending on the area.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
in no particular order: variety of tasks/duties; health benefits; full-time hours
Where do you look for open positions?
emails from NH and CT library job pages; RSS feeds from ALA Joblist, MA and ME state library job sites, RSS from RI state library job list; NH library listservs
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ No (even if I might think it *should* be)
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
print the job listing, assuming it’s online; modify my resume (and references if requested); send with cover letter or email.
I typically spend 10-15 minutes; right now most of my positions are similar, so my materials don’t require a lot of modification.
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
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
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
√ Other: ability to ask questions that didn’t come up during the interview
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Be honest and specific about requirements and duties in the job posting.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
For the interview phase, only select candidates who have a serious chance of getting hired.
Also, for unsuccessful candidates, let them know the position has been filled and — if possible — advice on what they could do to improve hiring chances elsewhere.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Be honest throughout the process. Apply for positions that you are genuinely interested in, and let that enthusiasm show (while still being yourself) during the interview.
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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!