Remember the blog Hiring Librarians?
The basic premise was that I created a survey which could be completed anonymously (or not), by anyone who might hire a librarian, in all library types, as well as in non-library organizations that hire information professionals, and then I posted responses to that survey on the blog. You can see what that looked like here.
I stopped posting new content in 2016 because I was working full time and wanted more of my non-working hours for fun things. But now I am transitioning to consulting and have a lot more flexible time. So, I’ve been thinking about starting the blog up again. I’m currently looking at how I might revamp that original survey
So my question for you is:
If you could ask a large number of people who do library hiring some questions, what questions would you ask?
If you’re interested, the questions I asked on the original survey are:
- Do you have any instant dealbreakers, either in the application packet or the interview process?
- What are you tired of seeing on resumes/in cover letters?
- Is there anything that people don’t put on their resumes that you wish they did?
- How many pages should a cover letter be?
- How many pages should a resume/CV be?
- Do you have a preferred format for application documents?
- Should a resume/CV have an Objective statement?
- If applications are emailed, how should the cover letter be submitted?
- What’s the best way to win you over in an interview?
- What are some of the most common mistakes people make in an interview?
- How has hiring changed at your organization since you’ve been in on the process?
- Demographic info (library type, region, size, etc.)
I’m also happy to hear any other feedback you might have. Thanks!