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 six months to a year. This person is looking in public and school libraries at the entry level. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:
I volunteered in a school library for a year before graduate school. I student taught in two locations. I did practicum work in various libraries. I have substitute taught in many different schools and grade levels.
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Northeastern US and is willing to move within [a] 100 mile radius.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Consistent Schedule, working with students (k-12), in a library.
Where do you look for open positions?
ALA Joblist, INALJ, BOCES website, school websites, newspaper.
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?
Fill in all of the easy information first. Review and think about any additional questions. Take a break. Fill in the remainder of the application. I spend 30 minutes to a few hours.
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 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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Advertise more widely for school library positions.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
Advertise available jobs for school library positions, and when calling to offer an interview tell candidates what grade levels they are interviewing for.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
If I knew, I’d have a job…
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
How many interviews have you had for a library position and for how many jobs? 11 interviews for 4 positions.
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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!