Stats and Graphs: 543 Job hunters

It’s Staturday!

Have you been enjoying the follow ups with individual job hunters?  

Last time we checked in, we had 428 responses.  Now we’ve got 543!  Here are the year-end


(As always, please forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity)


Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?

Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not 216   40%
Only for certain kinds of employers 73   13%
No (even if I might think it *should* be) 188   35%
Other 59   11%


Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

Yes 57   10%
No 420   77%
Other 56   10%


When would you like employers to contact you?

To acknowledge my application 405   75%
To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage 489   90%
To follow-up after an interview 353   65%
Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me 480   88%
Other 67   12%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

Phone 47 9%
Email 231 43%
Mail 1 0%
Phone for good news, email for bad news 222 41%
Other 37 7%

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 374 69%
Being taken out to meal 18 3%
Meeting department members/potential co-workers 491 90%
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary 202 37%
Being able to present 68 13%
Other 121 22%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.


Are you currently employed, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

Yes 438 81%
No 102 19%

Have you been hired in the last two months, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

Yes 123 23%
No 411 76%


How long have you been job hunting (or if recently hired, how long did you look before that)?

Less than six months 171 31%
Six months to a year 146 27%
A year to 18 months 82 15%
More than 18 months 139 26%


What type(s) of organization are you looking in?

Academic library 445 82%
Archives 188 35%
Library vendor/service provider 155 29%
Public library 361 66%
School library 90 17%
Special library 291 54%
Other 129 24%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

What position level are you looking for?

Entry level 362   67%
Requiring at least two years of experience 326 60%
Supervisory 139 26%
Department Head 75 14%
Senior Librarian 82 15%
Branch Manager 57 10%
Director/Dean 33 6%
Other 49 9%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Where are you?

Australia/New Zealand 0 0%
Canada 19 3%
Midwestern US 146 27%
Northeastern US 154 28%
Southern US 100 18%
UK 1 0%
Western US 106 20%
Other 16 3%


Where are you?

Urban area 199    37%
City/Town 171 31%
Suburban area 111 20%
Rural area 53 10%
Other 7 1%


Are you willing/able to move for employment?

No 145 27%
Yes, anywhere 200 37%
Other 194 36%


Would you like to include a short bio with your answers?

No 415 76%
Yes 108 20%
Other 15 3%

Number of daily responses

This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

Also if you’re job hunting, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

Finally, if you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them.

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.


Filed under Job hunter's survey, Stats and Graphs

35 responses to “Stats and Graphs: 543 Job hunters

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  2. Pingback: If you state less than two years of experience, give a newbie like me a chance to prove myself! | Hiring Librarians

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  5. Pingback: Don’t expect too much. | Hiring Librarians

  6. Pingback: Let your personality shine. | Hiring Librarians

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  9. Pingback: The survey is very biased and makes a lot of assumptions. | Hiring Librarians

  10. Pingback: If I can find out from someone’s Facebook page that we have some interests in common … I will try and fit it in to my letter if appropriate. | Hiring Librarians

  11. Pingback: I did not meet certain qualifications (though these were not originally in the job posting) | Hiring Librarians

  12. Pingback: I used to get hired easily. Last 2 years, not so much | Hiring Librarians

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  15. Pingback: I don’t want to move | Hiring Librarians

  16. Pingback: Having skills that match the position, being confident, and it never hurts to know someone involved with the hiring process. | Hiring Librarians

  17. Pingback: Please, for the love of Pete, do NOT call a position entry level if it requires X amount of experience. | Hiring Librarians

  18. Pingback: I’ve held more than one position where the requirements in the ad and what I do every day don’t resemble each other at all. | Hiring Librarians

  19. Pingback: Don’t plan to only hire MLIS students for shelving positions and leave no intermediate positions for students | Hiring Librarians

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  25. Pingback: I’m primarily looking for jobs on the East Coast, and it’s not going very well | Hiring Librarians

  26. Pingback: Most of us have big chunks of student debt | Hiring Librarians

  27. Pingback: Personally communicate with potential candidates. | Hiring Librarians

  28. Pingback: More library school graduates are going straight from undergraduate into a library program, and might not have three-five years experience coming out. | Hiring Librarians

  29. Pingback: They need to COMMUNICATE. | Hiring Librarians

  30. Pingback: Print the application, think about it for a few days, apply at last minute (sad, but true). | Hiring Librarians

  31. Pingback: I think it’s more important to get the best candidates to accept the job | Hiring Librarians

  32. Pingback: Further Questions: What advice do you have for long-term job seekers? | Hiring Librarians

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