This librarian works at a library with 0-10 staff members in an urban area in the Midwestern US.
Approximately how many people applied for the last librarian (or other professional level) job at your workplace?
Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?
√ 25% or less
And how would you define “hirable”?
Meets minimum qualifications, wrote specifically to the job description (was actually focused on *this job* not any job), had realisitic understanding of how much librarians are paid. (no, sir, you will not get $55,000 for 32 hours a week)
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
Applications were reviewed by the Head Librarian. (We are a small, two-person library)
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
Lack of a degree, poor writing/editing, did not address the job specifically in the cover letter, too focused on their accomplishments, but not on how those accomplishments could serve our library/students/faculty
Do you (or does your library) give candidates feedback about applications or interview performance?
What is the most important thing for a job hunter to do in order to improve his/her/their hirability?
Show how your strengths/accomplishments have prepared you to fufill the needs of the library. Make it a no brainer – this person has what we need, let’s make sure we interview them.
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How many staff members are at your library/organization?
How many permanent, full time librarian (or other professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?
How many permanent, full time para-professional (or other non-professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?
√ Other: 0
Can you tell us how the number of permanent, full-time librarian positions at your workplace has changed over the past decade?
√ There are more positions
Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with part-time or hourly workers over the past decade?
Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with para-professional workers over the past decade?
Does your workplace require experience for entry-level professional positions? If so, is it an official requirement or just what happens in practice?
Not an official requirement, but our last hire had grad assistant experience. I did pass on a candidate once who had great grades, but had never had any intern/work experience in a library.
Is librarianship a dying profession?
√ I don’t know
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