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 a year to 18 months. This person is looking in academic, archives, library vendors/service providers, public, and special libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I did a small internship at the library where I have been working full time for several years.
This job hunter is in an city/town in the Northeastern US and is willing to move a specific area
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
*Opportunities for growth
*Engagement with others
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, LIBJOBS email list, INALJ
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Other: Yes but it’s not always a red flag
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
1-2 hours. I read through the job description again, give my resume any tweaks it might need, then set to writing the cover letter. This is what takes the longest amount of time for me.
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
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)?
√ Tour of facility
√ 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?
I wish I do.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Engage in more communication, even if it’s a form letter saying the person is not being considered. My biggest frustration has been applying for many jobs but never hearing a word back.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Are you hunting for a new LIS job? Take the survey! http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!