Combing through a pile of job applicants is one of my least favorite parts of my job.
When the job demands clear communication skills and attention to detail, I suggest not including a page long paragraph in your cover letter, also, I suggest paying attention to which is your resume and which is your cover letter when uploading your documents.
Telling an academic library that one of your “founding” memories was learning how to read the Dewey Decimal system as a child is not endearing. We use Library of Congress, and don’t do the job because we love books. We serve our students and faculty in their education process. This has very little to do with a love of books.
There are a lot of really experienced and talented people willing to take a new job for less than $40k a year.
I’m very grateful that I can make coffee in my cubicle.
I’m very grateful that my talented and hard working staff have not lost their $#!+ yet this very difficult semester — at least that I know about.