Communicate frequently and personably

Goose hunting in Klamath County, Oregon, OSU Special Collections via Flickr Commons
Goose hunting in Klamath County, Oregon, OSU Special Collections via Flickr Commons

Please note: this is an anonymous response to an online survey; I do not have any way of contacting the respondent or verifying responses. Their answers may reflect good, bad, or middling job searching practices. I invite you to take what’s useful and leave the rest.

Your Demographics and Search Parameters

How long have you been job hunting?

√ Less than six months 

Why are you job hunting?  

√ Looking for more money

√ Looking for a promotion/more responsibility 

√ I want to work at a different type of library/institution

√ I want to work with a different type of collection 

Where do you look for open positions?  

USAjobs, Twitter, professional listservs

What position level are you looking for?  

√ Supervisory

√ Department Head

√ Senior Librarian 

What type(s) of organization are you looking in? 

√ Academic library 

√ Special library 

What part of the world are you in?

√ Mid-Atlantic US 

What’s your region like? 

√ Urban area 

Are you willing/able to move for employment? 

√ Yes, to a specific list of places 

What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?

Good pay, pleasant working environment, interesting work.

How many jobs have you applied to during your current search? (Please indicate if it’s an estimate or exact)

exactly 2

What steps, actions, or attributes are most important for employers to take to sell you on the job?  

√ Pay well

√ Having (and describing) excellent benefits 

√ Prioritizing work-life balance 

Do you expect to see the salary range listed in a job ad?

√ Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not  

The Process

How much time do you spend preparing an application packet?

4-6 hours 

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Email 

When would you like potential employers to contact you? 

√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me

√ Other: Prior to checking references

During your current search, have you had any of the following experiences:

  • Submitted an application and got no response  √ Not Applicable
  • Had an interview and never heard back  √ Not Applicable
  • Interviewed for a job where an internal candidate was eventually chosen  √ I don’t know 
  • Asked for an accommodation for a disability √ Not Applicable
  • Withdrawn an application before the offer stage  √ Not Applicable
  • Turned down an offer √ Not Applicable

If you’ve turned down an offer (or offers), why?

A combination of pay rate offered and holding out for a better position applied to (but not yet selected to interview for)

What should employers do to make the hiring process better for job hunters?

Communicate frequently and personably.

You and Your Well-Being

How are you doing, generally?

√ I’m optimistic 

√ I’m frustrated 

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