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Job Seeking Realities - You’re Not Going Crazy…!

So, you’re in the midst of trying to find a job. Well, there’s a lot of craziness going on and we hear you - your struggles are valid, and #YouAreNotAlone. Today’s job market, to put it lightly, is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going get. But the truth is, that what’s happening to you is, more than likely, happening to all job seekers.


 

Today, you have to face more challenges and uncertainties than ever before that can evoke feelings of fear, frustration and over all defeat. From dreaded ghosting to enduring long and arduous interviewing processes and witnessing hundreds of applicants apply within minutes of a job posting, navigating the job search journey can often feel like a daunting task. In this article, we'll explore these common job seeker realities, shed light on their underlying causes, and offer strategies to overcome them.


Ghosting: The Silent Treatment


Perhaps one of the most unsettling

experiences for job seekers is this phenomenon. Ghosting occurs when employers or recruiters abruptly cease communication with candidates, leaving them in limbo about the status of their application or interview feedback. This lack of closure can lead to feelings of frustration, rejection, self-doubt, and uncertainty about where things went wrong.



Causes: 

Ghosting can stem from a variety of factors, including overwhelmed recruiters, automated (ATS) application tracking systems, or simply a lack of professionalism on the part of the employer. In some cases, employers may opt for silence rather than delivering potentially uncomfortable news, such as rejection or negative feedback. It’s not right or fair, but it is reality.


Strategies: 

While ghosting can be disheartening, frustrating and make you want to pull your hair out, focus on taking proactive steps to mitigate its impact. Follow up politely with recruiters to inquire about the status of your application and keep moving on. Remember that ghosting reflects more on the employer's communication practices than on your qualifications or worth as a candidate.


Long and Arduous Interviewing Processes

Enduring long and arduous interviewing processes that seem to drag on indefinitely is another common situation occurring among job seekers. From multiple rounds of interviews to extensive skills assessments, personality tests, and project requests – watch out for these, the prospect of investing time and energy into a prolonged process can bring you to your knees and evoke false hope.


Causes: 

Long interviewing processes may be driven by employers trying to thoroughly evaluate candidates and ensure a good fit. However, they can also be indicative of inefficiencies in the hiring process, such as indecisiveness among hiring managers, lack of coordination and communication between interviewers or in cases where funds are not fully allocated for the position, but they proceed to screen candidates anyway.


Strategies

While you may not have control over the length of the interviewing process, you can manage your expectations and advocate for yourself throughout the process. Ask for clarity on the timeline and next steps and communicate any scheduling conflicts or concerns that may arise. Remember that a thorough interviewing process can also be an opportunity for you to assess the company and determine if it aligns with your goals and values. It’s always a two-way street and opportunity to hone your interviewing skills.


Competitive Job Markets and Rapid Application Responses

In today's digital age, you may find yourself competing with hundreds, if not thousands, of other applicants for coveted positions. It's not uncommon for job postings to receive an influx of applications within minutes of being posted, creating a sense of urgency and intensifying the competition. Also, consider that opportunities close to you still have candidates from all over the country – and maybe other countries too – applying, especially for remote roles. Add in what we call “serial appliers” a.k.a. people who apply to anything and everything no matter what their skillset, and this compounds the numbers.


Causes: 

The rise of online job boards and automated application processes has made it easier than ever for job seekers to submit applications quickly and effortlessly. Additionally, the globalization of the workforce has expanded the talent pool, leading to increased competition for desirable positions.


Strategies: 

To stand out in a competitive job market, focus on highlighting your unique skills, experiences, and accomplishments in your application materials. Tailor your resume to the specific job and company and leverage your network to uncover hidden job opportunities. Remember that quality is often more important than quantity when it comes to job applications, so invest time and effort into crafting targeted applications rather than adopting a spray-and-pray approach.


Job seeker realities such as ghosting, long arduous interviewing processes, and competitive job markets are legitimate and affecting all candidates far and wide. Understanding this new and yes difficult landscape, and adopting proactive strategies to overcome it, can help you navigate the job search journey with confidence and resilience. Setbacks and challenges are inevitable, but with perseverance and determination, you will overcome obstacles and find success in your career endeavors.

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