Be specific in your job ad

The job hunt continues and the rejection letters occasionally trickle from my old address in the Big Apple. There’s a hope that now that I’m a local candidate the trickle will become a drip or shut off entirely.

One request I have to employers: please be specific in what you are looking for when you post a job ad. If you want years of experience or specific experience in a certain kind of library, be up front about those requirements. It is unfair and unkind of you to not put it in the job ad and then site it in my rejection letter.

I received one note which stated that I was not selected for an interview because I didn’t have experience in that kind of library. I opened up the saved copy of the job description on my computer and carefully read through it. Had they asked for experience? They had not. No mention of preferred background or experience was mentioned anywhere in the ad. This made me mad. I had applied for a job where I met all of the posted requirements and where I believed I could be successful. No, I don’t have years of experience in that particular type of library. I only got my degree a year and a half ago…

I don’t want to rant about the lack of entry level library jobs (though it’s true) but I do ask that if you’re looking for something specific…tell me. Let me know if I could meet the needs you’re looking for in a candidate. If I’m not, why make me waste my time pouring myself into a cover letter, sending it with the trepidation of a teenager asking someone out for the first time, and then be crushed when I’m told that I’m being rejected because of a scale I didn’t know existed. I’d rather read the ad, be mildly frustrated that I don’t meet your requirements, and move on to something where I could be their ideal candidate.

For those employers who do put detail–believe me, it’s greatly appreciated!!!!!