Ruth Owens received her MLIS from Syracuse University in 2010 and holds a BS in Zoology from Colorado State University. She is currently the Instructional Technologies Librarian at Cayuga Community College. She has been looking for a new position for six months to a year. Ms. Owens is looking in Academic, Public, and Special libraries, at the entry level and for positions requiring at least two years of experience. She lives in a city/town in the Northeastern US, and is not willing to move. Ms. Owens is treasurer for the Upstate New York chapter of the Special Libraries Association.
What are the top three things you’re looking for in a job?
1. A place I can use my skills
2. A place I can be a part of a team
3. A place I can grow and advance
Where do you look for open positions?
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?
-Update and polish resume for the position
-Write a draft cover letter, review it many times, have someone else review it, save the final copy
-Fill out online application if required (sometimes this takes hours and hours of entering information right from my resume which is also always attached)
-Double and triple checking everything for grammar and accuracy
-I usually spend two or three evenings or even a week making sure my application is complete
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 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
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
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
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Make sure the position duties are accurate and clearly stated. Describe what kind of candidate is desired.
What should employers do to make the hiring process less painful?
-Either ask for a resume or fill in an application – not both
-Keep candidates updated (especially the ones who are immediately weeded out – it’s so annoying to apply to a job and finally hear a peep after three months that you were not selected for anything)
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
Tailoring your experience to the position requirements (without stretching the truth) and showing that you are a team player on paper and in person.
Do you have any comments, or are there any other questions you think we should add to this survey?
Great survey! I was actually hired at my current position three months ago and it’s temporary, so I’m still looking for more permanent work.
This survey was co-authored by Naomi House from I Need A Library Job – Do you need one? Check it out!