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 less than six months. This person is looking in academic libraries, at the following levels:requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory, department head.
This job hunter is in an rural area in the Western US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Place – This would not have been #1 years back, but now it matters.
People – I want to work with people I like.
Job – It has to be a job I’m interested in.
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, Chronicle, and many others.
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?
I rearrange my resume to better show my skills that match the job. I rewrite my cover letter to fit the job description. I start gather information on my possible future employer.
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?
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?
Be painfully honest. I once applied for a job that was only a temporary appointment. It did not say that in their ad, and they got no one to take the job. I saw an ad for an assistant director at a small public library. They printed the salary. It was painfully low, but I’m sure they got applicants will to accept that salary for the position and experience they would gain.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Have a good system in place that includes good communication with potential candidates.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Researching and preparing for the interview.
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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!