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 more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic and special libraries, archives, library vendors/service providers, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
Worked in a special library for 6 years, Interned at library school’s cataloging department, graduate research assistantship, graduate assistantship to the Executive Dean
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Midwestern US and is willing to move to a connecting state.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Location, Upward Mobility, Ability to Use my Training
Where do you look for open positions?
IU SLIS listserv, LinkedIn, INALJ, WebJunction, Chronicle of Higher Ed, University job banks
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Usually, 2-3 hours for each application. I read the job description, begin a cover letter with the reasons I would be the best fit for the position, reread the description and list my demonstrable skills with their requirements and desires. Adjust the CV if needed. Proofread and check for formatting errors.
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
√ Other: If there is a significant delay in the hiring process.
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?
Request recommendations, communicate with prospective employees before meeting with them
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Make it faster, update the candidates
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Being the person they want to work with… Really, I think it all boils down to personalities and being liked.
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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!