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Oh Hey, Share Your Salary Info Today!

Oh Hey Everybody!

Remember Hiring Librarians? Let’s all take a moment to think back on our favorite post, be it inspirational or infuriating.

Have you thought of it? Wasn’t that fun!

Did you know that even though there haven’t been any new posts since 2016, people have still been using some of the resources? Most notably the Interview Questions Repository, which now has over 475 responses! Isn’t that cool?

But wait there’s more!

This week my colleague Megan contacted me with an idea. She said that some folks on Twitter had been sharing salary info, and that @paraVestibulum, was hoping to collect the data on a spreadsheet or somesuch.  She thought, why not add it as a new tab in the Interview Questions Repository?

I said, “that’s a great idea!”

So she put together a new form, with some input from me and @paraVestibulum, and I am now proud to share it with you here.

If you’re interested in sharing your salary info, please go to the form

If you’d like to check out what others have shared, the repository is here. It now has a tab for interview questions and a tab for shared salary information.

I hope you’ve all had, and continue to have, excellent experiences in your library careers.

Best Wishes,

Emily

PS A recommendation: if you haven’t already, read Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves by Fobazi Ettarh. It is an incredibly useful framing of how we think about our work, and how we value ourselves and others.

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More Opportunities for Professional Development

Hunting Party in the Pinelands by the Florida State ArchivesThis anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for less than six months. This person is looking in Academic libraries for positions at the entry level and requiring at least two years of experience. Here is this person’s experience with internships/volunteering:

I volunteered for a prestigious library in the DC area as well as for a private institution with a small library and archives.

This job hunter is in an urban area in the Mid-Atlantic, and prefers to remain in his/her current state of residence.

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

More opportunities for professional development
Decent pay
Good work environment

Where do you look for open positions?

Professionsl listservs and INALJ.

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

√ Other:I merely hope to see one, but I do try to research the salaries of a similar position in the same area

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

1. Read the job announcement several times
2. Research the institution
3. Customize my resume/CV and cover letter
4. Proofread it myself, then have a friend or two proofread it as well
5. Submit the application via email or online application system, depending on the instructions

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

Yes
√ No
√ Other:

To acknowledge my application, To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage, To follow-up after an interview, I appreciate any form of contact!
When would you like employers to contact you?

To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ To follow-up after an interview
√ Other: I appreciate any form of contact!

How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?

√ Other: Phone or email; doesn’t matter.

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
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
√ Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary
√ Other: The atmosphere during the interview. If I’m feeling positive vibes, then I’ll have a better feeling as to whether the position’s for me.

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Ask for recommendations from current employees. There’s a good chance they may know someone who meets their qualifications.

Don’t lowball the salary. Offer a liveable wage!

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Let me know either way whether they can move forward with the interview or offer me a position

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

Demonstrate enthusiasm and knowledge about the position and institution during the interview. Continue to apply for jobs until you find a job that you like or that you can live with. Be friendly and smile.

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!

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Fewer “Must Have” Requirements and More “Desired” Qualifications

Man and Hunting Dog: Tallahasee FloridaThis anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for A year to 18 months. This person is looking in Library vendors/service providers and Special libraries, at the following levels:Requiring at least two years of experience, Supervisory, Senior Librarian.

This job hunter is in an urban area in the Midwestern US and is not willing to move.

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

1. Salary at least on par with the area.
2. Benefits at a decent cost and decently generous (e.g. more than 2 weeks PTO, health premiums less than 10% of salary)
3. Flexible time and/or work location.

Where do you look for open positions?

LinkedIn, Indeed, INALJ, SLA Job Board,

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

No (even if I might think it *should* be)

What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?

Depends on the size of the packet and the type of firm. For a special library I spend an hour or two on the cover letter crafting to fit the ad specifications. For government jobs more time spent on KPIs and showing where my qualifications fit each position point.
Generally would say I spend 3-4 hours on an application.

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

Yes

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
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

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

Meeting department members/potential co-workers
Meeting with HR to talk about benefits/salary

What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?

Fewer “must have” requirements and more “desired” qualifications. This way people who have say 2 years instead of 5 years but every other desired qualification may apply.

What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?

Contact us when we’re not getting a shot. Most firms now have emails into their contact databases, it would be easy to send out thanks but not at this time letters en masse.
Acknowledge when things don’t go forward. Sometimes I have had a great interview, the recruiter is very positive, but something happens and I’m not the candidate. I simple, we’ve gone another direction is very useful at that point.

What do you think is the secret to getting hired?

I don’t think there is one, I think it is more of a match. I got my recent job because they needed someone they didn’t have to train much to stabilize a situation. I had worked at the firm in the past, left on good terms, and was trusted by the project head.
If your personality doesn’t match the firm’s culture it simply won’t work and that is really one of the most important pieces in today’s workplace.

This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!

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