Job Hunter Follow Up: Sylvia Bly

Sylvia Bly took the original survey on January 4th, 2013.  Her responses appeared as Security, Wage, Satisfaction.

Your Background

How long has it been since you got your library degree?

One year, seven months.

How many years of library work experience do you have?

About 10

How many years of work experience outside of libraries do you have?

Over 20

How old are you?


Your Job Hunt

How long did it take you before you found your job?

One year

How many positions did you apply to?

I really cannot recall. In excess of 20, at least.

How many interviews did you go on?

Maybe 5?

What was your work situation while you were job hunting?

Laid Off

Were you volunteering anywhere?

Yes, at the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. Library work.

Did you travel for interviews? If so, who paid?


Did you decline any offers?


Your Job

What’s your new job?

Construction Records Specialist at Wayne State University

Is your job full or part time? Permanent or temporary?

Full time, Permanent

Did you relocate? If so, who paid?


How did you find the listing for your job?

Through Wayne State University Career Website

Did you meet all of the required qualifications? How many of the desired qualifications?

No, but more than half

What was the application process like? How many interviews did you do?

One interview. I was hired within a week

How did you prepare for the interview(s)?

No preparation, other than dressing appropriately and bringing a couple copies of my resume

Did you know anyone in the organization that hired you? If so, how?

Other than fellow students and professors, no.

Is your job commensurate with your skills, experience and expectations?

For the most part

Is the pay scale higher or lower than you were looking for?


What do you think was the biggest obstacle in your job hunt? How did you overcome it?

Lack of opportunities in the field

What set you apart from the other applicants? Why did they hire you?

Available immediately, and I had already done the clerical exam

State of the Job Market

What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve seen on a job announcement?

None comes to mind

What was your favorite interview question? What was the worst?

Tell me about yourself. Worst is what is your weakness?

Any good horror stories for us?


Has job hunting been a positive or negative experience, for the most part?

Positive, because I got a job, but also negative, because it was frustrating getting here.

Would you change your answer to “what’s the secret to getting hired”?


If you took the Job Hunter’s Survey some time in the last year and are interested in doing a follow-up, even anonymously, please contact me at hiringlibrarians AT gmail.

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