“I went to two in person interviews during the pandemic and they ghosted me.”

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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?

√ A year to 18 months 

Why are you job hunting?  

√ Looking for more money

√ Looking for a promotion/more responsibility 

√ My current job is awful/toxic 

Where do you look for open positions?  

Local job sites like NJLA and LubrarylinkNJ

What position level are you looking for?  

√ Requiring at least two years of experience

√ Supervisory 

√ Senior Librarian 

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

√ Public library 

What part of the world are you in?

√ Northeastern US 

What’s your region like? 

√ Urban area

√ Suburban area 

Are you willing/able to move for employment? 

√ Yes, within my state 

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

Better pay better coworkers, 

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

Four or five estimated

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 

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?

Reposting the job a lot

The Process

How much time do you spend preparing an application packet?

An hour

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

Work in my cover letter

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Email 

When would you like potential employers to contact you? 

√ To acknowledge my application

√ To tell me if the search is at the interview stage, even if I have not been selected

√ 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?

One to two months

How do you prepare for interviews?

Looking up interview questions online and going through my successful programs

What are your most hated interview questions, and why?

What is your biggest weakness because frankly it’s bullshit

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  √ Happened once 

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

Would basically be taking a pay cut for a worse commute 

If you want to share a great, inspirational, funny,  horrific or other story about an experience you have had at any stage in the hiring process, please do so here:

I went to two in person interviews during the pandemic and they ghosted me. 

You and Your Well-Being

How are you doing, generally?

√ I’m despondent

√ I’m frustrated  

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?)

2017

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

√ Six months before graduating with my MLIS/other LIS degree 

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 

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

Not really 

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