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
Where do you look for open positions?
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?
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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