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?
√ I’m unemployed
Where do you look for open positions?
local lib and government sites, linkedin, institution specific job listings
What position level are you looking for?
√ Entry level
√ Requiring at least two years of experience
√ Clerk/Library Assistant
What type(s) of organization are you looking in?
√ Academic library
√ Public library
What part of the world are you in?
√ Western US (including Pacific Northwest)
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?
good wage, potential to branch out skills/ learn on the job, good work environment
How many jobs have you applied to during your current search? (Please indicate if it’s an estimate or exact)
2-3 (just started)
What steps, actions, or attributes are most important for employers to take to sell you on the job?
√ Pay well
√ Introducing me to staff
√ 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
Other than not listing a salary range, are there other “red flags” that would prevent you from applying to a job?
expecting tons of experience/education qualifications for a job that doesn’t require it (even if you have it)
How much time do you spend preparing an application packet?
at least a few hours to make, then a day or two to review
What are the steps you follow to prepare an application packet?
research institution, tailor resume to position, produce and tailor extra written material, give to others to review, submit forms
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?
usually around a month, if it is an educational institution preparing for a future semester I expect a while longer
How do you prepare for interviews?
check institution standards/mission if available, come up with answers to general interview questions, find key words/phrase to somehow include, practice with someone
What are your most hated interview questions, and why?
“where do you see yourself in 10 years?” that is a very long time, how am I to know??
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 √ Happened 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
What should employers do to make the hiring process better for job hunters?
You and Your Well-Being
How are you doing, generally?
√ I’m maintaining
√ I’m somewhat depressed
√ I’m despondent