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Looking for Work Ain’t for Suckers

Ugh looking for work ain’t for suckers. As a jobseeker, I’ve experienced some stuff that made me scratch my head. If you haven’t searched for work in a while consider yourself lucky. However it probably will happen to you or someone you know soon. Be warned, things have changed a bit out there. Lots more competition, lots more places to search and communities to source. It’s time consuming and grueling.

Applicants can become tired and weary. They get plenty of calls from many different people, some savvy and professional, some are not. And when you’re upset and feeling helpless an untimely insensitive remark can send you right over the top. It’s really a powder keg ready to explode. On this end of the phone is the aggravated discouraged worker and on the other line we often have the worn out recruiter with no hiring software (except for maybe Excel).

Why is the process so frustrating? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here’s what the average active job seeker has to deal with.

Job boards, social networks and recruiters:

    • Job BoardsThere are plenty of boards to go around. And each has its own resume posting and application processes. All with different formatting rules, online applications to be filled out and questions to be answered. You can spend over a half hour just to apply for one job.
    • Social NetworksNot to leave any stone unturned, you’ve got to create your profile on the professional network sites. You’ve got to fill out all the sections, get your recommendations (fun), organize your work history in the most positive order and you have to add that awesome photo showcasing all 32 pearly whites.
    • Recruiters. Now the recruitment calls begin. Not all recruiters or recruitment firms are united by SmartRecruiters. That may explain why you may get multiple calls from the same recruitment company for the same position. No one knows who’s doing what. Those same questions over and over can make you wonder if they are paying attention at all.
It’d be real nice if everyone used SmartRecruiter software, that way the job seeker wouldn’t be pushed to the brink of a tumble by a redundant call again.


cost of workChris Fields is an HR professional and leadership guy who blogs and dispenses great (not just good) advice at Cost of Work. Connect with Chris via email at  Photo Credit CognitiveBias.

[Editor’s Note: Last week, a new client called us, raving about how thrilled she was to have all applicants in one place. The client proceeded to tell us a story. Previously, all resumes were kept in a file cabinet. One day the company received a promising resume, and invited the candidate in for an interview. When the candidate arrived, the company realized this face is familiar.  Shortly into the interview, the company realized, GEE WHIZ we have already interviewed this candidate. The file cabinet is NOT where resumes belong.]

Chris Fields

Chris Fields is an HR professional and leadership guy who blogs and dispenses great (not just good) advice at Cost of Work & ResumeCrusade.