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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in library vendors/service providers, public libraries, and outside of libraries, at the following levels: supervisory, department head, branch manager, and sales rep. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
Not at all new. 🙂
This job hunter is in a suburban area in the Midwestern US and is not willing/able to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Ability to use all of my skills and knowledge
Where do you look for open positions?
Regional consortium website
All listserves I’m on
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Other: I think it should be but so few do. It would save seekers and posters time if it were.
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Application packet ? It’s all online now.
I’ll still draft a cover letter which can take 3 hours.
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 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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
List the salary.
Give an idea of the work environment–not just area but level of formality etc.
Be clear on what duties the job encompasses. Be willing to look at applicants who have experience that covers those, not necessarily in libraries.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
If there’s a delay–communicate.
If someone else is hired–communicate.
Don’t leave people hanging!
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Good experience–and being in the right place at the right time.
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!