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Stats and Graphs: 576 Job hunters

It’s Staturday!

It’s time for our annualish check-in with our surveys.  This week: the survey with the most respondents, which I affectionately call Job Hunter’s Revenge.

Last time we checked in, we had 543 responses.  Now we’ve got 576!  

Results!

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

salary


Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not 223    38.8%
Only for certain kinds of employers 80    13.9%
No (even if I might think it *should* be) 202    35.1%
Other 63    11%

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

liars

Yes              59         10.3%
No             446         77.6%
Other               60         10.4%

When would you like employers to contact you?

when to communicate


To acknowledge my application    429    74.9%
To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage    519    90.6%
To follow-up after an interview    373    65.1%
Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me    511    89.2%
Other    69    12%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

communication method


Phone    47    8.2%
Email    245    42.6%
Mail    1    0.2%
Phone for good news, email for bad news    238    41.4%
Other    39    6.8%

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

important events


Tour of facility    394    70%
Being taken out to meal    18    3.2%
Meeting department members/potential co-workers    521    92.5%
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary    217    38.5%
Being able to present    73    13%
Other    127    22.6%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Demographics

Are you currently employed, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

currently employed
Yes    464    80.7%
No    108    18.8%

Have you been hired in the last two months, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

hired last 2 mos

Yes    128    22.3%
No    438    76.2%

How long have you been job hunting (or if recently hired, how long did you look before that)?

length of search


Less than six months    184    32%
Six months to a year    156    27.1%
A year to 18 months    83    14.4%
More than 18 months    147    25.6%

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

org type

Academic library    468    82.1%
Archives    196    34.4%
Library vendor/service provider    163    28.6%
Public library    382    67%
School library    92    16.1%
Special library    311    54.6%
Other    132    23.2%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

What position level are you looking for?

pos level

Entry level    382    67%
Requiring at least two years of experience    349    61.2%
Supervisory    150    26.3%
Department Head    81    14.2%
Senior Librarian    86    15.1%
Branch Manager    60    10.5%
Director/Dean    35    6.1%
Other    52    9.1%

People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Where are you?

where 1


Australia/New Zealand    0    0%
Canada    22    3.8%
Midwestern US    150    26.1%
Northeastern US    170    29.6%
Southern US    104    18.1%
UK    1    0.2%
Western US    110    19.1%
Other    17    3%

Where are you?

where 2


Urban area    217    37.7%
City/Town    177    30.8%
Suburban area    116    20.2%
Rural area    54    9.4%
Other    9    1.6%

Are you willing/able to move for employment?

willing to move


No    155    27%
Yes, anywhere    209    36.4%
Other    204    35.5%

Would you like to include a short bio with your answers?

org type


No    439    76.3%
Yes    113    19.7%
Other    18    3.1%
This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

Also if you’re job hunting, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

Finally, if you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them.

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: 543 Job hunters

It’s Staturday!

Have you been enjoying the follow ups with individual job hunters?  

Last time we checked in, we had 428 responses.  Now we’ve got 543!  Here are the year-end

Results!

(As always, please forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity)

 

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


Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not 216   40%
Only for certain kinds of employers 73   13%
No (even if I might think it *should* be) 188   35%
Other 59   11%

 

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?


Yes 57   10%
No 420   77%
Other 56   10%

 

When would you like employers to contact you?


To acknowledge my application 405   75%
To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage 489   90%
To follow-up after an interview 353   65%
Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me 480   88%
Other 67   12%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

Phone 47 9%
Email 231 43%
Mail 1 0%
Phone for good news, email for bad news 222 41%
Other 37 7%

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?


Tour of facility 374 69%
Being taken out to meal 18 3%
Meeting department members/potential co-workers 491 90%
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary 202 37%
Being able to present 68 13%
Other 121 22%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Demographics

Are you currently employed, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

Yes 438 81%
No 102 19%

Have you been hired in the last two months, even if part time or in an unrelated field?


Yes 123 23%
No 411 76%

 

How long have you been job hunting (or if recently hired, how long did you look before that)?


Less than six months 171 31%
Six months to a year 146 27%
A year to 18 months 82 15%
More than 18 months 139 26%

 

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


Academic library 445 82%
Archives 188 35%
Library vendor/service provider 155 29%
Public library 361 66%
School library 90 17%
Special library 291 54%
Other 129 24%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

What position level are you looking for?


Entry level 362   67%
Requiring at least two years of experience 326 60%
Supervisory 139 26%
Department Head 75 14%
Senior Librarian 82 15%
Branch Manager 57 10%
Director/Dean 33 6%
Other 49 9%

 People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Where are you?


Australia/New Zealand 0 0%
Canada 19 3%
Midwestern US 146 27%
Northeastern US 154 28%
Southern US 100 18%
UK 1 0%
Western US 106 20%
Other 16 3%

 

Where are you?


Urban area 199    37%
City/Town 171 31%
Suburban area 111 20%
Rural area 53 10%
Other 7 1%

 

Are you willing/able to move for employment?


No 145 27%
Yes, anywhere 200 37%
Other 194 36%

 

Would you like to include a short bio with your answers?

No 415 76%
Yes 108 20%
Other 15 3%

Number of daily responses

This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

Also if you’re job hunting, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

Finally, if you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them.

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: More Secrets of Getting Hired (Coding in Process)

It’s Staturday!

Building on what went up last week, I looked a little more at the answers to the question:

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

So far I’ve looked through the first 100 responses (we’re up to 389 total responses now, by the way).  I’m continuing to refine answer categories. Here’s what I have so far:

(what will eventually be) Results!

Networking/Who you Know: 37
Reputation, online or otherwise: 2
Presenting yourself well: 28
Positivity, enthusiasm, and/or passion: 7
Knowledge: 9
Experience: 6
Fit: 11
Luck: 18
Being flexible, thinking outside the box: 5
Persistence, never giving up: 10
I don’t know, you tell me: 21
Research: 7 (such a librarian answer)
The secret is that there is no secret: 3
Youth/Other demographic factor: 4
Not being me: 3

Other: 21

Here is one of the answers I’ve got coded as “other”

Humility. I think employers are scared by people who think they know it all. And no matter how much previous experience or training a candidate has, there will still be a period of adjustment after the hire. The key is admitting that you’re not perfect and projecting enthusiasm, determination, and positivity toward any potential obstacles.

I marked this one for Presenting yourself well and Positivity, enthusiasm, and/or passion, but “humility” is a separate secret I think, so I’ve marked it for other as well.  What do you think?

If you’d like to take a look at the raw data – all the answers to this question – it’s attached here:

Secret to Getting Hired_385

If you decide to do anything with it (and you are welcome to), I ask for three things: make your work freely and publicly available, email me at hiringlibrariansATgmail to let me know what you’ve done, and then link back to this site.


If you’re job hunting, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: The Secret to Getting Hired (Coding in Process)

It’s Staturday!

I’ve started taking a look at the answers to the question:

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

So far I’ve looked through the first 50 responses, in an attempt to build answer categories (we’re up to 385 total responses now, by the way).  Here’s what I have so far:

(what will eventually be) Results!

Networking/Who you Know: 19
Reputation, online or otherwise: 2
Presenting yourself well: 17
Positivity, enthusiasm, and/or passion: 6 
Knowledge: 4
Experience: 2
Fit: 5
Luck: 6
Being flexible, thinking outside the box: 4
Persisitence, never giving up: 9
I don’t know, you tell me: 7
Research: 5 (such a librarian answer)
The secret is that there is no secret: 2
Youth/Other demographic factor: 2
Not being me: 2

Thoughts and observations are very welcome – please comment away!

If you’d like to take a look at the raw data – all the answers to this question – it’s attached here:

Secret to Getting Hired_385

If you decide to do anything with it (and you are welcome to), I ask for three things: make your work freely and publicly available, email me at hiringlibrariansATgmail to let me know what you’ve done, and then link back to this site.


If you’re job hunting, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: Where We Look (Coding in Process)

It’s Staturday!

So I’ve started taking a look at the answers to the question:

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

In total, 377 respondents named 1729 venues.  That’s not 1729 distinct venues, that’s just taking each place a person named and counting it.  And a lot of people named very general things like:

professional listservs

and

the standard boards

Right now I’m in the process of coding.  By that I mean, I’m deciding when answers are distinct from each other, and when they can be grouped together.

We left this “Where do you look?” question open ended, which means that there are a lot of variant terms. It would have been simpler to have made this a multiple choice question, and to have restricted the answers to a particular controlled vocabulary.  However, this restriction would have also reduced the range and detail of answers.

I’ve consolidated some answers together already (for example I Need a Library Job and INALJ).  But many are still distinct, either because they may not be the same thing and I am still deciding whether or not to combine, or because I thought the answer was funny.

I’d like to share with you this week a little bit of commonalities and variation included in the:

Results!

ALA 197

ALA 26
ALA JobLIST 168
ALA listserv/listservs 3

Chronicle 24

Chronicle 2
Chronicle for Higher Education 3
Chronicle of Higher Ed 7
Chronicle of Higher Ed job lists 1
Chronicle of Higher Education 10
Chronicle.com 1

Higher Ed 31

Higher Ed 1
Higher Ed Jobs 29
Highereducattionjobs 1

Inside Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed 2

Etc. 21

etc 20
etc., etc. 1

I Need a Library Job? 138

INAJ 1
INALJ 128
INALJ (Newsletter) 1
INALJ Blog 1
INALJ digest 3
INALJ! 1
INLG 1
INLJ 2

NJLA 8

NJLA 5
NJLA job postings 1
NJLA Listservs 1
NJLA website 1

Indeed 83

Indeed 35
Indeed (app) 1
Indeed (RSS for library positions in my area and areas nearby) 1
Indeed.ca 1
Indeed.co.uk 1
indeed.com 42
Indeed.com (email alerts) 1
Indeed.com internet job search engine 1

LIBGIG 32

Libgib 1
LibGig 29
LibGIG (on twitter) 1
LibGig (RSS) 1

LIBJOBS 6

Libjobs 3
libjobs (RSS feed) 1
LIBJOBS email list 1
LibJobs listserv 1

LIS JOBS 28

LIS Jobs 24
LisJobs.com (RSS/Combined Library Job Listing) 3
LIS-JOBS-LIST 1

LinkedIn 81

Linked in 78
LinkedIn (INALJ) 1
LinkedIn groups 1
LinkedIn’s RSS 1

METRO 14

METRO 3
Metro (ny) joblist. 1
METRO job bank 1
Metro Job Postings 1
METRO Jobs 1
METRO library council job board 1
METRO NY Roundtable 1
Metro.org 2
MetroLibraries.net for job opportunities in Minnesota (where I live) 1
Metromode 1
Metronet Jobline (specifically for MN library jobs) 1

MLA 6

MLA 2
MLA Jobline & Careers 1
MLA joblist 1
MLA jobs 1
MLA website 1

Newspapers 11

Newspapers – Print Classifieds 1
Newspapers – washingtonpost.com 1
newspapers/local papers 9

Listservs 121

Professional listservs 116
Professional listservs – Cataloging-related listservs 1
professional listservs – lotsa listservs 1
Professional listservs – Various listservs 1
professional listservs (and over two dozen) 1
Professional listservs (emails) 1

RAILS 15

RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System) 9
RAILS (RSS) 1
RAILS Job Board 4
RAILS website 1

SAA 13

SAA 5
SAA Career Center 2
SAA job board 1
SAA Job Center 1
SAA job list 1
SAA listserv 3

SLA 36

SLA career center 1
SLA Job Board, 1
SLA job list 8
SLA Jobline. 1
SLA listserv 2
SLA local chapters listservs 1
SLA locals joblists 1
SLA Michigan Chapter Job Listing 1
SLA NY-NJ job blog 1
SLA/Special Libraries Association 16
sla-dbf 1
SLA-ny 2

This is just a small portion of all the answers! What do you think?  Here are some of my questions:

  • Are Job Lists, Job Boards, and Job Lines all the same thing?
  • Should I try to make distinctions for format – RSS v. email v. visiting the website?
  • Are INAJ, INLG and INLJ really typos for INALJ?  Are any of the NJLAs typos for INALJ or vicey versy?
  • Should I lump all the ALAs in together?
  • How do I decide which METRO comes from which state?
  • Are all those Higher Education sites distinct, and are all the answers assigned to the right places?

Thoughts and observations are very welcome – please comment away!

If you’d like to take a look at the raw data – all the answers to this question – it’s attached here:

Data for 377 places

If you decide to do anything with it (and you are welcome to), I ask for three things: make your work freely and publicly available, email me at hiringlibrariansATgmail to let me know what you’ve done, and then link back to this site.


If you’re job hunting, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Stats and Graphs: 360 Job hunters

It’s Staturday!

Have you been enjoying reading the individual responses from job hunters?  

Last time we checked in, we had 103 responses.  Now we’ve got 360!  Here’s the full circle of:

Results!

(Please again forgive the cut off labels on the charts – this is how Google forms deals with verbosity)

 

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

job ad 360

Yes, and it’s a red flag when it’s not      150    42%
Only for certain kinds of employers        47    13%
No (even if I might think it *should* be)      122    34%
Other        41    11%

Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?

Lied 360

Yes               45         13%
No             273         76%
Other               42         12%

When would you like employers to contact you?

contact 360

To acknowledge my application     261    73%
To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage     322    90%
To follow-up after an interview     237    66%
Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me     316    88%
Other       42    12%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

Communicate 360

Phone        38    11%
Email      158    44%
Mail         1      0%
Phone for good news, email for bad news      134    37%
Other        29      8%

Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?

Events 360

Tour of facility      235    67%
Being taken out to meal        12     3%
Meeting department members/potential co-workers      321    91%
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary      137    39%
Being able to present        51    15%
Other        65    19%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Demographics

Are you currently employed, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

currently employed 360
Yes        293       81%
No          65       18%

Have you been hired in the last two months, even if part time or in an unrelated field?

recent hire 360

Yes        93     26%
No      264     73%

How long have you been job hunting (or if recently hired, how long did you look before that)?

job hunt length 360

Less than six months       99    28%
Six months to a year     102    28%
A year to 18 months       55    15%
More than 18 months     100    28%

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

org type 360

Academic library       292    82%
Archives       119    33%
Library vendor/service provider       110    31%
Public library       241    68%
School library        73    20%
Special library       197    55%
Other        72    20%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

What position level are you looking for?

Position Level 360

Entry level      233    65%
Requiring at least two years of experience      206    58%
Supervisory       86    24%
Department Head       50    14%
Senior Librarian       63    18%
Branch Manager       39    11%
Director/Dean       24     7%
Other       36    10%
People may select more than one checkbox, so percentages may add up to more than 100%.

Where are you?

Country 360

Australia/New Zealand          0      0%
Canada          8      2%
Midwestern US      107    30%
Northeastern US      107    30%
Southern US        70    19%
UK          1      0%
Western US        60    17%
Other          7      2%

Where are you?

where 360

Urban area       124     34%
City/Town       113     31%
Suburban area         83     23%
Rural area         35     10%
Other           5       1%

Are you willing/able to move for employment?

move 360

No       106    29%
Yes, anywhere       135    38%
Other       119    33%

Would you like to include a short bio with your answers?

bio 360

No       276    77%
Yes         70    19%
Other         14      4%

Number of daily responses

No Responses 360

This survey was co-written by Naomi House, of I Need A Library Job.  If you’re job hunting, INALJ is a wealth of information and it has job ads up the wazoo.  

Also if you’re job hunting, and haven’t taken the survey yet, please do!  If you’ve got friends, please share the link:

http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibJOBHUNTERsurvey

Finally, if you have questions, comments or concerns, we’d love to hear them.

You can either comment below, or email hiringlibrariansATgmail.

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Job Hunter’s Web Guide: Archives Gig

This week we’re showcasing a resource for the archivists out there.  I don’t know much about archives and archivists, so I’m glad to be able to learn more with Meredith Lowe, and her awesome resource: Archives Gig.

Archives Gig

What is it?  Please give us your elevator speech!

I curate postings of careers, jobs, and internships in the world of archives & records management, and post them to Archives Gig.

When was it started?  Why was it started?

Archives Gig was created on February 5, 2010.  As part of my job, I was contributing to the student job listserv at the University of Wisconsin – Madison SLIS.  I thought that I could benefit a broader group of people by making a public website, so that’s what drove the creation of the site.  I really enjoy looking at all of the opportunities out there, too, so running AG is a fun hobby.

Who runs it?

Just me!  I have a MA in Library and Information Studies, with a concentration in archives, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  My training largely informs my decisions about which jobs I post.  I currently work in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS, so I coordinate continuing education and training for librarians and information professionals.  Check out our offerings at http://www.slis.wisc.edu/continueed.htm.

Are you a “career expert”? What are your qualifications?

I’m not a “career expert.”  I just post jobs that fall within the purview of the site.

Who is your target audience?

Archivists, records managers, and students.  I post jobs at all levels, from internships to directors.  Anyone who is interested in the current archives/RM career landscape would certainly find a lot of information here.

What’s the best way to use your site?  Should users consult it daily?  Or as needed? Should they already know what they need help with, or can they just noodle around?

I generally post daily on weekdays, and I exclusively post job announcements.  It’s in a blog format, so the most recent post goes up top. If you’re actively job hunting, check in at least weekly (or set yourself up to receive Twitter or Facebook alerts).  If you’re just casually interested in what’s out there right now, consult AG at your leisure.

Each job posting gets tagged with keywords that you can use to narrow your search. If you look at the main page (http://archivesgig.livejournal.com), the tags are listed down the left side of the screen.  The quick and dirty trick to searching: I always tag the state/geographical region of every job’s location, whether it’s permanent or temporary, and what kind of institution it’s in. For example, if I tag something as “status: internship”, and if you click that tag in the list, every entry that received that tag will come up (the most recent will be at the top of the page). If you’re looking for all jobs in a certain state (let’s say Iowa), go to the tag list on the left side of the page and look for “State: Iowa.” One caveat: the “skills” tags are NOT comprehensive. I often get a little more detailed with the tags, and specify particular skill sets that a job demands – but that’s basically if I have time to do so!

Does your site provide:

√  Job Listings

Should readers also look for you on social media? Or is your content available in other formats?

√  Twitter: @archivesgig
√  Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/archivesgig
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Do you charge for anything on your site?

Free! It’s completely free for anyone to search.  If someone wants me to post a job, that’s also free.

Can you share any stories about job hunters that found positions after using your site?

I’m always thrilled to hear from someone who found their job through Archives Gig.  It’s my mission to make job hunting in this tight market just a little easier.  I have heard from several archivists who found their jobs through AG, which makes my day every time.

meredith loweAnything else you’d like to share with my readers about your site in particular, or about library hiring/job hunting in general?

This is especially directed toward the newly graduated job seekers: Be Flexible.  If you can’t find your dream job in your ideal location, try and look for other positions (or other places) that you’re qualified to do, and that will give you some professional experience.  You’ll certainly learn something new, and you may find a job in a different area of the profession is a great fit.

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