[Michlib-l] About that job posting

Evie Lyzenga elyzenga at alleganlibrary.org
Mon Jun 5 15:16:53 EDT 2017


As the employment specialist here at our library, when people come to have
help with their resume, I also give them information about conducting
themselves at an interview and how to respond to a job posting. Connie, you
are so right about this person - he/she does not read instructions well
which also may lead to they may want to do what they think is right
regardless of instructions. Certainly if a person does not respond to your
posting in the way you requested (someone they do not know), the question
could be asked how will they respond to you if they know you better. Your
reaction is so right on to the fat envelope and the person who sent it.

One of the things I say to people is the person with the job available does
not want to know everything you have ever did in great detail. Keep your
resume and responses down to the basic information requested. No one is
interested in the life history of our individual working lives to be hired
for a job. I also let them know a person with the job does not have time
for all that information as well.

It is too bad that people do not ask for help when out job hunting, maybe
after several years of not being in the job hunting marketplace.

Evie



Evie Lyzenga
Administrative Assistant
Allegan District Library
Email: elyzenga at alleganlibrary.org

On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 2:26 PM, <susan.wess at milanlibrary.org> wrote:

> I agree. Reminds me of the cover letter I received for a ref librarian.
> "I would love to join the staff at Washtenaw Community College and would be
> an asset". I've often thought I'd like to write up a list of dos ad don'ts
> for people applying for jobs.
>
> If it says no phone calls, do not call.
> If it says electronic submissions, do not mail a hard copy.
> When interviewing, do not tell me how you hated your last boss and how
> mean everyone was to you.
> Do not arrive late dressed for an alt rock concert
>
> and the list goes on .....
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> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [Michlib-l] About that job posting
> From: Phillip J Kwik <KwikPJ at troymi.gov>
> Date: Mon, June 05, 2017 2:07 pm
> To: "'ConnieJo Ozinga'" <cjozinga at commercelibrary.info>,
> "michlib-l at mcls.org" <michlib-l at mcls.org>
>
> Hello Connie:
>
> I think that your first reaction was correct. I have a fourth reason: the
> applicant is not comfortable with, or does not believe in, technology. In
> any case, I do not believe this person is right for your library.
>
> Any such applicant did not follow the submittal directions. If it were my
> call, I would not accept those applications.
>
> Good luck with your search.
>
> Phillip
>
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> *From:* michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org [mailto:michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org
> <michlib-l-bounces at mcls.org>] *On Behalf Of *ConnieJo Ozinga
> *Sent:* Monday, June 05, 2017 1:58 PM
> *To:* michlib-l at mcls.org
> *Subject:* [Michlib-l] About that job posting
>
> A few weeks ago I posted a job listing on Michlib and my coop's job
> board.  The listing very clearly states that resume etc. should be
> submitted to the following email address.  The listing did not include any
> mailing address.  Today I received my second fat envelope full of paper in
> application for the job.
> I have 3 reactions to this fat envelope.
> 1. This person does not do well at reading directions.
> 2. This person does know how to look up addresses.
> 3. The wastebasket.
> How would you react? Am I wrong here?  Interested in your comments? Also
> note, that so far I have 20 apps.
> Connie
>
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> Connie Jo Ozinga
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