The Job Seeker

Most of us have looked for a job. Some people like A.K. actually enjoy the job hunt. Being happy in her role, she’d search for jobs just to see what’s out there. As a competitive individual, she would apply to high-standing positions just to see if she’d get a call back or an interview.

Fast forward a bit to when she actually wanted to find a new job. When it was no longer a game but a necessity, it was no longer all that much fun. Here is the general job seeking process and what makes it flawed in the opinion of a job seeker:

The Application

Many people looking for jobs will agree: A site will ask you to upload your resume, then have you fill out the exact same information into their format. Yes, there are some companies that have adopted software which just copies your LinkedIn profile, which is very helpful. Similarly, there is software used where the information is auto-filled when you upload your resume. According the A.K., this fails her every time due to the way her resume is set up.

The Hope To Be Rejected

Out of approximately every five job applications filled out, MAYBE one company responded at all, A.K. said. Rejection emails are so important and rarely practiced. Of course, an interview notification is much more preferred but job seekers rather know when they’re not being considered anymore. A.K. explains,

“I’m in marketing as well as recruitment. I know how easy it is to export a list people that apply to a position, add it to an email list and send a mass email to rejected candidates. If recruitment and/or human resource departments aren’t familiar with how to do this, please talk to your email marketing specialists. Similarly, if you use platforms like Indeed, their is a ‘reject’ button right there where you can notify an applicant right after reviewing their application.”

Job seekers are already stressed and panicked about getting a job, so the least companies can do is tell applicants not to wait around for a position they aren’t going to get.

People may argue that big companies don’t have time to do all that. But a prime example of that being false is Macy’s. According to their corporate website, Macy’s has approximately 130,000 employees, locations in a variety of states and countries, and two corporate offices. When applying to a job, you get an automated message stating that they take approximately 24-48 hours to review an application and will send information about the status of your candidacy within that time frame. A.K. got a rejection email 11 hours after applying and she was thrilled.

“If a company the size of Macy’s can have the decency to reject me, anyone can.”

Small companies, on the other hand, likely don’t have thousands of people knocking down the door to work there. However, large quantities of applicants or small, creating an email list for rejected candidates is just as easy as it is for anyone else.

Standing Out is Harder Than Expected

Every life coach, career coach, and just anyone familiar with the job seeking world will tell you to do things to stand out. This includes but not limited to: sending personal emails, LinkedIn messages, even snail mail. That’s all great, but it’s worth nothing if the person on the receiving end doesn’t want to listen. A.K. has sent countless emails and messages kindly introducing herself, attaching her cover letter and resume, and of course stating that if she reached the wrong person if she could be pointed in the right direction. And what happens? …Crickets… There have been a handful of people who were nice enough to reply to her, but seldom does that happen.

“We’re all fully aware people have busy lives, things to do, emails to read and all that but it doesn’t hurt to take a few moments (it could be literally seconds) to simply reply. The time taken to find the appropriate people in the company, finding their contact information and drafting the perfect massage is a lot of work. Putting in efforts like this clearly show that someone is genuinely interested in the company and what it offers its clients, not simply someone that needs any kind of job. Moreover, many people pay for services like LinkedIn to be able to send messages, the least we can get is a rejection or a “we’ll be in touch.”’

The Interview Process

A.K. has seen it happen herself: After the annoyance and work put into rewriting resumes into the format that the company prefers as well as uploading your actual resume, you may actually get an email to schedule an interview! Wonderful! After a nervous hello and a sweaty handshake, the recruiter likely says, grinning, “Did you bring a copy of your resume?” A.K.’s responses (in her head, of course) is:

“I’m not sure why you need a hard copy along with the electronic copy I’ve already sent and had rewritten for you, Tree Killer, but even so this is a professional business that I’m applying to here so I’d assume you have your own printer and could have printed it yourself.”

Asking for the individual’s resume isn’t even the worst part though. It’s when it follows with the question, “So tell me a bit about what you do.” There is no way to start that answer other than “Well, as seen in my resume…” as you proceed to repeat your written content orally. A.K. would rather the recruiter ask something difficult, something specific on her resume and to elaborate on it, such as asking about favorite projects. Recruiters shouldn’t waste the job seekers time nor their own by asking about things that are so clearly stated in the piece of paper they now received three times.

“People may call me an entitled millennial that expects to just be handed a job with lots of money and benefits with no work on my part. That is not nearly what I am pitching here. I’m simply trying to shed some light issues within the process that could be mended to save time and effort on all sides.”

A.K. wants to assure that many of you are going through the same struggles of finding your dream job, and in some cases, a job at all. Be sure to keep at it and don’t get discouraged with the process, you will find something soon.

A.K., 25

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