Job Hunter Follow Up Year Two: Amber Hawkins

Amber Hawkins took the original survey in January 2013. Her responses appeared as Be more forthcoming about requirements. We last followed up with her on December 17, 2013.

Your Job

What’s your current work situation? 

Employed full-time.

Did you relocate for your job? If so, who paid?

No, I didn’t, but I do commute daily.

How did you find the listing for your job?

A former coworker told me about the job.

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

I did. The main required qualification was a bachelor’s degree.

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

I had two phone interviews.

How did you prepare for the interview(s)?

I didn’t really. They called after they had received my resume.

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

I didn’t know anyone at the company that hired me, but I knew one of the members of the team I was joining.

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

Not precisely. I have a heavy public library background and I’m doing digital content management.

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

When I first started, it was higher than I was looking for.

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

The biggest obstacle, in general, is getting interviews for positions out of state.

Your Job Hunt

How long did it take to find your job?

I wasn’t really looking for a job when my former coworker contacted me.

How many positions did you apply to?

Just the one told to me.

How many interviews did you go on?

Just the two phone interviews.

What was your work situation while you were job hunting?

I was working full-time.

State of the Job Market

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

Negative, mostly.

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


What’s your ideal work situation? (hours, location, library type, etc.)

Full-time, public library. I’ve really been focusing on the Pacific Northwest in my current searches because that is where I would like to live.


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