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 Less than six months. This person is looking in Academic libraries, Archives, Public libraries, Special libraries, at the following levels: Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory, Senior Librarian. This job hunter is in an urban area: in the Northeastern US, and is willing to move anywhere but,
Only for the perfect job.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
Location, type of position, salary
Where do you look for open positions?
INALJ.com, ALA Joblist
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Only for certain kinds of employers
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
I spend between 15-45 minutes per application. I usually don’t rewrite my resume but recycle and revamp a coverletter template. I hate when I have to refill out a separate application with all the same information.
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 acknowledge my application
√ 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)?
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Being able to present
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Honestly, I’m not sure. I know the places I want to work and where I don’t want to work, so as long as it fits within the type of library I’ll apply.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
PLEASE tell me when I don’t get a job. Also, be a little flexible with interview times, especially if I’m working.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Right place and the right time, persistence, patience.
For some context, take a look at the most recently published summary of responses.
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