This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has 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 libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience, supervisory. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I had a grad assistantship at the reference desk at my graduate school library, and an internship at a prestigious local art school. I was asked back for temporary contracts at the school where I interned. I also have had several part time and temporary positions at the community college in my area.
This job hunter is in an urban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere, but closer is better.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1. position related to fine arts.
2. ability to have an impact on the institution.
3. location in the northeast.
Where do you look for open positions?
LibJobs listserv; arlisna jobnet; google searces
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?
It depends on how much I want a particular job. Usually I type up a fresh cover letter outlining my qualifications for the particular job. I will also adjust my resume if it doesn’t seem to match well to the position. Usually I wait about a week, have a co-worker read the letter, and do a last revision.
Mostly it takes about a week for an average job.
If a job looks like ‘the perfect fit’ I will spend a bit more time polishing my cover letter/ resume.
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
√ Being able to present
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Posting jobs in multiple locations. Targeting the specific communities in their specialized areas.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Clear job postings.
Consistent and timely follow up to application materials, interviews etc.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
If I knew the answer to this I would have a permanent job already.
I think it is important to have a network within the community, and to be constantly gaining experience, working, volunteering.
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