being awesome

Goose hunting in Klamath County, Oregon, OSU Special Collections via Flickr CommonsThis 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 libraries, library vendors/service providers,govt info orgs and outside the library field at the following levels: supervisory, department head, senior librarian, director/dean.

This job hunter is in an suburban area in the Northeastern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

1. an excellent culture of fun and innovative people where accomplishments are rewarded and not “hours in office.”

2. a job i can feel good about that is fun and makes a difference in the world

3. something that pays the bills (or more!)

Where do you look for open positions?

about 5 professional listservs, ala joblist, chronicle for higher ed, personal recommendations

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 can routinely spend about 4 hours on a non-government job application packet. each new application requires a completely new resume and cover letter geared to the specifics of that job and is quite time consuming.

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
√ 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?

√ Other: phone or email. mail is slow.

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?

make the job attractive explaining who you’re looking for and not just the skills you want.

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

depends on the employer. sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s not.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

being awesome, doing the right work, and finding the right fit.

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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