it would be nice to know what happened to the last person

Fall costumes seen at United Hunts Meet (LOC)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 More than 18 months. This person is looking in Academic libraries, Archives, Library vendors/service providers, Public libraries, at the following levels: Department Head, Senior Librarian, Branch Manager, Director/Dean. This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

Adequate Salary & Benefits
interesting work
mutual respect

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist
Higher Ed Jobs
Chronicle of Higher Ed

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?

15-30 minutes – choosing which of 3 CVs, an tailoring cover letter.

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
√ 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)?

√ Tour of facility
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers

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

openness and communication – also, it would be nice to know what happened to the last person (retired? promoted? moved on? won lottery?), but that is something you usually find out during your on-campus visit.

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

simple communication and acknowledgment. I hate when I find out that some place I’ve interviewed has hired someone by seeing the new name on their library staff web page, rather than being contacted or e-mailed to inform the unsuccessful finalists.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

I wish I knew

Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?

I appreciate this site and INALJ. thank you.

For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.

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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!

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