It’s agony having to wait for weeks in between interview stages.

Hunting party on the shore State Library and Archives of FloridaThis 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 academic libraries at the following levels: requiring at least two years of experience.

This job hunter is in a rural area in the Northeastern US and is not willing to move.

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

– Instructional/information literacy responsibilities
– A good salary
– Clear job description

Where do you look for open positions?

ALA Joblist, Simmons Jobline, INALJ, individual institutions’ websites

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?

I write a new cover letter for every position but my resume more or less stays the same, as I am applying to all the same types of jobs. Generally 30-60 minutes.

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?

√ Email

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

√ Being taken out to meal
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

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

Many employers need to be more clear on what the *minimum* requirements of a position are, e.g. we will not look at your application unless you have an MLIS and two years experience and knowledge of MARC. A lot of job postings are vague or don’t list minimum requirements, even though the search committee is likely weeding through applications using some sort of benchmark.

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

Try not to drag it out – don’t start a search when a member of the committee is about go on vacation, or during a particularly busy time. It’s agony having to wait for weeks in between interview stages.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

You need to be prepared for the possibility that you’ll arrive at the interview and find that you are not a good fit for the position or it is not a good fit for you. I have had interviews where I found the position was not right for me, and the interviewers could tell. Be enthusiastic about the position, but only if you mean it.

Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey!

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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