Tick Tock Tick Tock…..it’s scary how much time one can spend on the internet when you are looking for the one, the perfect match. No I am not talking about a girl or a boy or both. I think I’ve said this before, looking for work can take a toll on your mind and Jamie is being affected. In the past week, Jamie has spent countless hours staring at the screen on her purple laptop, trying to find her next employer, mostly on Indeed. Indeed can be a mind fuck. They send her all these alerts about new job openings and status updates on about 1/8 of the hundreds of applications she’s put in, which is fine. Its good to know what options are still out there and which applications actually made it to a human being. But these notifications can also be torture, especially this specific one; “DEF company looked at your resume and application.” Jamie was so thrilled to see that she may have a chance at the position she has been craving for, but is that really what that message means? What does it really mean when a company has reviewed your application on Indeed? NADA, NOTHING AT ALL! It’s just another one of those crappy traps to get you to visit a website so that they can earn a couple of cents in revenue. At least that’s how Jamie felt. Wouldn’t you think that if an employer takes a look at your application, that you would hear from them whether its a negative or positive? You would think they would have the decency of in-boxing you with an interview message or a “its not you its us” email. No, instead the days pass and you don’t hear anything else from DEF company. Instead you get feelings of anxiety and doubt, wondering why did they look at your resume? Why didn’t they say something after looking at it? Are they ever going to reach out? Who knows. Clicking the orange Apply Now button is like making another bet at a Texas Hold’em Poker tournament. It’s a gamble. However, just like the cards in your hands, Jamie knows what she’s working worth. Even though it feels like she’s never going to find the perfect match, she’s still confident in what she can offer as an employee and what she is capable of. I mean look at this mean ass cover letter she recently wrote:
“Go-getter, organized, passionate, reliable, a leader; are some of the words that my previous supervisor would use to describe me as an employee. These can also be cliche words that many would use to describe themselves to hiring managers and recruiters, but I am not a cliche. I am different, I enjoy being different. Being different is what sets us apart from the bunch, it helps us grow and achieve great things. From what I have learned, (Insert company name here) is different as well, and that’s why it was recognized by Google as the 3rd most searched (something) in 2018, and the most robust (something) database in February 2019. Coincidentally, I’ve also had my share of accomplishments that I’d like to tell you more about. If you have some time, maybe we can schedule an opportunity to discuss our pasts, presents, and possibly how I can be a part of (Insert company name here)s future.“
Sixty jobs is the total number of jobs that I have applied for in the past two weeks. Had it been 20 years ago, I think I would have been mentally and physically drained by now, but thanks to websites like Indeed.com, applying for jobs is a lot easier now. I’m sure everyone knows how to use Indeed this day in age, but just in case there are a few beginners out there, I will give a short explanation. But first, let me introduce you to Jamie. Jamie is a 39-year old female, who recently got screwed over by her last employer. Jamie loved her job and dedicated a big chunk of her life to this job. Her employer loved Jamie as well and practically ensured her job security for many years to come. However, one day, out of the blue, her employer decided they just didn’t need Jamie anymore and let her go! Welp….now Jamie not only has money issues, but trust issues as well. Jamie turns to Indeed for help. See, with Indeed she can create a new resume or upload an already existing one and use it to apply to thousands of jobs they have posted, which include a user friendly orange “Apply Now” button. It’s really that easy! It eliminates long applications that can take at least an hour out of Jamie’s life. Now in an hour, (depending on fast she can work it), hundreds of companies out there will know who Jamie is and that she is interested in working for them. But, and this is a really big but, were talking Nicki Minaj……Jamie still has to search through thousands of listings and decide if she should click their orange “Apply Now” button. Is this a drawback for Jamie? Well, it depends which way you look at it.
Things to Consider Before Clicking the Orange Button
Job Jargon Gibberish: Do you understand the qualifications for the position? Not all job postings are created by the actual company that you will be working for. Some companies outsource the task of recruiting to outside resources such as temporary job agencies or online job boards (Greenberg, 2013). They have individuals who are hired specifically to create job posts based off of some summary that was provided by the company. Many times these job listings include jargon that can just sound like a bunch of gibberish, therefore you should take your time to decipher what exactly is it that the company is looking for. You never know, what may at first appear like a job that only Jeff Bezos qualifies for, may actually be one that you are perfect for!
What do you know about the company? Remember Jamie? Yes, Jamie who developed a trust issue after being let go from her job. Jamie could have benefited from reading this article before accepting that position, if you know what I mean. If you are looking for a career or a long-term position with a company, then make sure you Google them or Glassdoor them. Glassdoor is a great website for researching any company. They provide you with good insight like real employee reviews, salary information, and a lot more goodies. You want to make sure you are pursuing the right company. One you can trust and not one that give you the boot after a couple of years, for absolutely no good reason (poor Jamie) or due to lack of stability.
Too good to be true? Maybe. If you are having a hard time conducting your background research on a company, it could be because they are bogus. Job searching websites do their very best at ensuring that the employers using their services for recruiting are real and not fake, but they’re not perfect not even Indeed. Every now and then you will see a job posting offering an abnormally high salary for minimal duties and responsibilities. For example, “Looking for full-time cashier, no weekends, no late nights, no experience needed. Pay starting at $18/hr.” Yeah right! If you’ve done your homework, then you know that this is straight up fishy! When you feel your gut filling up with question marks as you read the job description, Do Not click the orange button. This can be some pretend company or just some scammer named Joe Doe, using a job post to hack you for your juicy information. I know it sounds crazy, but it happens to the best of us, so better to be safe than sorry.
Well then, there you have it. Some basic no no’s to remember when you are looking for that next exciting career. Trust your instincts, use logic, and when all else fails then network. That way if someone tries to lie to you in person you can just knock em’ out. LOL. Just kidding, you want to get a job not a cell mate. Keep in touch by subscribing below and find out how networking is working out for Jamie.