Be specific about what they are looking for, and not looking for

Hunting Season, 1918This 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 six months to a year. This person is looking in academic libraries, public libraries, and special libraries at the entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

I volunteered at 4 cultural special libraries, worked 2 years as a student assistance in reference at an academic library, 2 years as a page in a public library.

This job hunter is in an Urban area in the Midwestern US and is willing to move anywhere.

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

Benefits, similar to my background and interests, location.

Where do you look for open positions?

School list serv, ALA, local library networks, Linkedin, Craigslist, Simply Hired.

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?

Adjust my resume to position, write a new cover letter, gather other documents as needed, 2-4 hours on each.

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 tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Phone

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
√ Being able to present

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

Pay well, offer good benefits.

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

Be specific about what they are looking for, and not looking for.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Knowing someone.

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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