This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for Six months to a year. This person is looking in Public libraries, at the Entry level. Here is how this person describes his or her experience with internships/volunteering:
I volunteered at my local library for several years, starting about midway through my four-year master’s degree program. I then spent one semester interning at this same library. I’ve recently been upgraded from the sporadic, meager hours of an on-call reference librarian to having a solid, regular 16 hours a week at this library.
This job hunter is in a city/town in the Western US and is willing to move anywhere.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1) Position—entry level librarian in a public library
2) Hours—what days/shifts does the position entail?
3) Proximity—how close to my house is the library?
Where do you look for open positions?
My job search has been quite passive. I’ve filled out job cards for the public libraries near/nearish to me, and I keep an ear open for other positions.
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Only for certain kinds of employers
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
Hrm. After my resume was updated, then the only other thing I’ve done is answer supplemental questions. These vary in length of time to complete, depending on if I’m able to copy and paste an answer or not. Maybe an hour or two?
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
√ Phone for good news, email for bad news
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
The current library hiring process does not lend itself to getting the “best” candidates, it is geared toward weeding out the masses through a long and painful system of tests and interviews.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
I would like to see the process streamlined and the tests made more relevant, though I understand why things work the way they do.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Having someone that makes the hiring decision know and like you makes a difference. Otherwise, knowing the right answers to jump through the various interview hoops helps.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
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This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!