“no boss-nanny software, no micromanaging”

Walton LaVonda, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia 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 remote/virtual work (or at least hybrid) 

√ Other: current job NEVER gives raises, even COLA is rare, and we’re facing big budget cuts which will significantly change the nature of my work in ways I do not want

Where do you look for open positions? (e.g. INALJ, ALA JobLIST, professional listserv, LinkedIn)  

all of the above, plus Indeed and a Discord I’m part of

What position level are you looking for?  

√ Other: expert in grant writing, maybe something like project manager? feeling necessary to look outside libraries

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

√ Academic library 

√ Library vendor/service provider

√ Public library 

√ Special library

√ Other: outside of libraries but still in information-based roles

What part of the world are you in?

√ Midwestern US 

What’s your region like? 

√ Rural area 

Are you willing/able to move for employment? 

√ No 

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

100% remote, relative autonomy (no boss-nanny software, no micromanaging), pays decent with benefits for me + spouse

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

0 yet

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 

√ Having a good reputation 

√ Prioritizing EDI work

√ Prioritizing work-life balance

√ Other: assurance of relative autonomy to do my job without being babysat

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

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

Other than not listing a salary range, are there other “red flags” that would prevent you from applying to a job?


The Process

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 

You and Your Well-Being

How are you doing, generally?

√ I’m optimistic  

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?)


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

√ I was actually hired before I graduated 

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

√ Full Time 

Leave a comment

Filed under 2023 Job Hunter's Survey

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.