“getting rejected does not mean you’re unqualified or unworthy”

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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?  

√ This is the next step after finishing library/archives/other LIS graduate degree 

Where do you look for open positions?  

LinkedIn, Indeed, Jobsuk

What position level are you looking for?  

√ Entry level 

√ Clerk/Library Assistant 

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

√ Academic library 

√ Public library 

What part of the world are you in?

√ Other: France

What’s your region like? 

√ Urban area

Are you willing/able to move for employment? 

√ Yes, anywhere 

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

location, missions and salary

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


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

√ Pay well 

√ Having a good reputation 

√ Funding professional development 

√ 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?

2 hours

What are the steps you follow to prepare an application packet?

I read the job description and work on a cover letter

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 

How long do you expect an organization’s application process to take, from the point you submit your documents to the point of either an offer or rejection?

no more than 3 weeks

How do you prepare for interviews?

I practice interview questions and prepare questions for employers

What are your most hated interview questions, and why?

“why should we hire you?”

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

  • Submitted an application and got no response  √ Happened more than once 
  • Had an interview and never heard back  √ Happened more than once 
  • Interviewed for a job where an internal candidate was eventually chosen  √ Happened more than once 
  • 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 asked for an accommodation, what happened?

they usually tell me to look myself

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

tell us as soon as possible that we’re rejected especially after interviews, there is nothing worse than waiting or even having to call them because they “forgot” to tell you.

You and Your Well-Being

How are you doing, generally?

√ I’m optimistic 

√ I’m frustrated 

√ Not out of money yet, but worried 

What are your job search self-care strategies?

maintain a schedule like job search between 10 to 4 and rest during the weekend. 

Do you have any advice or words of support you’d like to share with other job hunters, is there anything you’d like to say to employers, or is there anything else you’d like to say about job hunting?

getting rejected does not mean you’re unqualified or unworthy 

Job Hunting Post Graduate School 

If you have an MLIS or other graduate level degree in a LIS field, what year did you graduate? (Or what year do you anticipate graduating?)

I graduated in 2022

When did you start your first job search for a “professional” position (or other position that utilized your degree)?

√ After graduating with my MLIS/other LIS degree 

In relation to your graduation, when did you find your first “professional” position?

√ Hasn’t happened yet – I’m still looking 

What kind of work was your first post-graduation professional position? 

√ N/A – hasn’t happened yet 

Did you get support from your library school for your first job hunt (and/or any subsequent ones)?

if I have a question about applications or job interviews  my lecturers/tutors are happy to help but I feel that they should share opportunities with us more often. 

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