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
√ 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
How much time do you spend preparing an application packet?
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?
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?)
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)?