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    25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Anyone out there currently searching for a job, another job, or just trying to switch it up a bit? Well, here's a little something that will hopefully get laughs out of a few of you.

    25 reasons the job search sucks, as told by frustrated cats

    As someone trying to find my way into a solid career, so many of these resonate with me. It was an interesting read, because the cat gifs (which I adore) make you laugh, while at the same time reminding you just how frustrating it is trying to find a job.

    Sometimes you have to just laugh at yourself, the system, and everything else.

    Also: DEAD @ number 5. So fucking true. What's that about?

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    Oh god, so many of these take me back to a couple years ago.

    Not looking forward to doing it again in a year.

    And YES - FUCK NUMBER FIVE. FUCK YOU FUCKING HR DEPARTMENTS WHO DEMAND THIS SHIT - FUCK YOU RIGHT IN THE FUCKING EAR. DON'T YOU REALIZE THIS IS A PARADOX!?!?!?

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    They just don't care.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by Harke the Boeotarch View Post
    They just don't care.
    I just want an interview.


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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by Huntneo(PT) View Post
    I just want an interview.
    Keep the interview. I'll take the job.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    I've dealt with almost every one of these. #24 particularly pisses me off. I've sent out almost 150 applications, and a friend of a friend had the cojones to say "Well, you just need to send out more." Seriously? Fuck you, fella!
    Recently I heard a 'wise guy' story that I had a party at my home for twenty-five men. It's an interesting story, but I don't know twenty-five men I'd want to invite to a party. ~Joan Crawford

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Oh dear! Finally, sitting on the other side of the desk and even the questions I have been asking potential applicants and their responses are downright pathetic.

    The question I asked a recent applicant was [it's essentially an auditing position]: "What is your favorite aspect of accounting?" Their response was "tax". I wanted to end the interview right then because I would not hire them.

    Another applicant struggled to answer the simple task of listing their hobbies. It's meant to be a "softball" question but so many are caught off-guard by it as it's more of a blind date question.

    Another one was a simple requisite of having a valid US driver's licence ["field trips" are a requirement for the position] and one applicant did not bring said license to the interview as mandated in the HR screening. I had to basically reject them right then for not coming prepared.

    I was also told by HR to not hire any smokers. Yeah for legal discrimination!

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    I know it's no conciliation, but someone will see your value. I hired a guy a few months ago who had no qualifications, no experience, no real references. But when I asked him why he wanted to work for my company he was honest....he said " 'cause I'm tired of hearing my kids say "Mac and cheese...again?" and he did a whiny impression of his kids...So I told him if you pass the drug screen you're hired. He's worked out pretty good.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    This made me laugh so HARD!

    Its so true.

    But, wait you guys...I can't list Microsoft programs as a skill ? ....seriously.
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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    I really like this!

    Another applicant struggled to answer the simple task of listing their hobbies. It's meant to be a "softball" question but so many are caught off-guard by it as it's more of a blind date question.
    I think questions like that are BS . Even if I can (to some degree) see why they could be useful, I think there are other relevant questions you could ask that would give you the same (or at least similar) information.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnne View Post
    This made me laugh so HARD!

    Its so true.

    But, wait you guys...I can't list Microsoft programs as a skill ? ....seriously.
    Not unless you have certification in any of said programs. I wouldn't call you "proficient" in Excel if you didn't know what a pivot table is. Fuck, I had to explain to someone what a "query" was in Access during an interview. Keep on lying on your resume and you will be shown the door.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    I'm surprised there are only 25!

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    OK -- I STOLE your link and sent it to an unemployed friend of mine...

    She IS the cat lady...

    I HAD to do it!!!

    THANKS!!!

    "Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it..." Goethe

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by maxpowr9 View Post
    Not unless you have certification in any of said programs. I wouldn't call you "proficient" in Excel if you didn't know what a pivot table is. Fuck, I had to explain to someone what a "query" was in Access during an interview. Keep on lying on your resume and you will be shown the door.
    Idk, leaving Microsoft word, excel and powerpoint (atleast) off of your resume may lead people into thinking that you dont know how to work them. They are important, especially if you are applying for a clerical position.

    Plus saying that you know Microsoft Word isn't lying if you actually know how to work Word. In college the computer teacher told us that we should put those on our resume if we got a good grade in the class.
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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    #15 is spot on

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by LilBit View Post
    I've sent out almost 150 applications, and a friend of a friend had the cojones to say "Well, you just need to send out more." Seriously? Fuck you, fella!
    Joan!! You forgot your own quote??!!??

    It's not, "Fuck you, fella!!" It's, "Don't fuck with me, fellas!! This ain't my first time at the rodeo."

    And why are you looking for work, anyway? Did the Pepsico board finally let you go? I guess "Don't fuck with me, fellas!!" worked in the sixties, but today it doesn't really pack the same punch.

    "Everybody wants to be adored."

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fly View Post
    I know it's no conciliation, but someone will see your value. I hired a guy a few months ago who had no qualifications, no experience, no real references. But when I asked him why he wanted to work for my company he was honest....he said " 'cause I'm tired of hearing my kids say "Mac and cheese...again?" and he did a whiny impression of his kids...So I told him if you pass the drug screen you're hired. He's worked out pretty good.
    wow...you are such a sweet person. That was a heartwarming story (for me, at least). Thanks for sharing that...and you should really feel good about yourself for taking a chance on someone who didn't have the traditional 'sparkles' that prospective employers look for.

    And the encouraging words are appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnne View Post
    This made me laugh so HARD!

    Its so true.

    But, wait you guys...I can't list Microsoft programs as a skill ? ....seriously.
    I'm seriously thinking about just taking it out of my resume period. lol I keep hearing/reading about all these things that turn prospective employers on/off...and it's all so conflicting, back and forth, etc.

    Totally over it.

    At this point, I think I'm just going to have to do something I (nor anyone else) have never done before to get someone's attention. Walk into a business naked and sing a song about how I want a full time job again/how hard I work, etc. etc.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by MissAnne View Post
    Idk, leaving Microsoft word, excel and powerpoint (atleast) off of your resume may lead people into thinking that you dont know how to work them. They are important, especially if you are applying for a clerical position.

    Plus saying that you know Microsoft Word isn't lying if you actually know how to work Word. In college the computer teacher told us that we should put those on our resume if we got a good grade in the class.
    At least for Word, yes. Not knowing Word regardless of your education background pretty much means you're flippin' burgers.

    Pivot tables are a vital aspect to Excel and Access especially in a service-type business. Not being able to know how to organize a client list and their payments is a detriment to the business. Computer skills are still part of the on-site job training [especially with more advanced software like Oracle or SAP] but basic stuff like Access and Excel you should know prior to the interview. I'm not gonna waste time teaching data entry when that is something someone should know already.

    @altlover

    I think the question is fine. I downright refuse to ask the dreadful question: "what is your weakest personal attribute?" because people just BS, lying their way through it and it just makes the whole interview even more awkward. I hated that question whenever I interviewed. At least when you ask about someone's hobbies, you get a further understanding of the person [what sane person lies about their hobbies?] and you can talk about stuff not listed on the resume or about the job. Mind you, I am not some HR shill [they pre-screen the apps for me] as these potential employees will be working under me so there needs to be some repoire.

    Although, the last question I always ask is: "What is my name?" Only one person couldn't remember it so far. As an interview tip, try to use your interviewer's name when you respond to some questions.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    All of these are very true, and worth a few laughs...

    Ultimately, it seems more and more that it's less about what you know and more about who you know. I'm only working where I am now (even if it is contract work) because one of my friends, who is the program manager, recommended me for the job to the executive director...

    I've now laid the work for my boyfriend to come join the office as one of our summer students, and he's got an inside track simply because my friend and I have vouched for him.

    You don't need to become friends with the CEO of a company, but if you know someone inside who can at least say "Oh him, he's a good guy, I'd trust him to work here." can go a very long way...

    I'm sorry to have kept you waiting, but I'm afraid my walk has become rather sillier recently...

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Referrals and networking are the most common ways to land a position in the industry that I'm facing. An excellent portfolio certainly helps, but having your name floating around to be mentioned is unbelievably valuable. People love to talk, and that can be a great thing or a terrible thing. Fortunately most of the professionals that I've met have been incredibly kind and interested in paying things forward.


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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by maxpowr9;8817267@altlover

    I think the question is fine. I downright refuse to ask the dreadful question: "what is your weakest personal attribute?" because people just BS, lying their way through it and it just makes the whole interview even more awkward. I hated that question whenever I interviewed. At least when you ask about someone's hobbies, you get a further understanding of the person [what sane person lies about their hobbies?
    and you can talk about stuff not listed on the resume or about the job. Mind you, I am not some HR shill [they pre-screen the apps for me] as these potential employees will be working under me so there needs to be some repoire.
    I don't love the biggest weakness question either, but I feel like asking about hobbies might make someone feel uncomfortable and throw them off uneccesarily. And honestly, on an interview, I don't want to think that if I don't answer the question with the right hobby, I could lose the job offer.

    Although, the last question I always ask is: "What is my name?" Only one person couldn't remember it so far. As an interview tip, try to use your interviewer's name when you respond to some questions.
    I think that's a good tip.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Lots of truth in that list

    This is what I'm going through as I try to move beyond my low paying internship. Thankfully, my BF just got hired for a very good (real), well paying job so both of us don't have to be poor. Though... things are going to get awkward if I'm earning min wage and he's making a great salary. Just thankful not to be unemployed, one of the most frustrating periods of my life.

    It's unfortunate since many companies are being very pick with who they want to hire and how long the hiring process takes during the downturn. I feel online job searching is nearly useless and it's time to start forming networks. That's how my BF finally landed his job- through contacts. It's not quite fair but seems to be the most effective way in this economy.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    taking notes




    apparently I need to do more networking or make friends with better "connections", because the people I know aren't a help at all.

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    Re: 25 Reasons the Job search sucks

    Why interview questions are difficult for me to even consider as I havent gotten a job in 22 years, I have been looking deep into follow on career paths after the Navy.

    Number one thing I am finding is that most listed jobs are done so for legal reasons. The positions is often filled. The insiders? Head Hunters. Professionals can also help you hone that resume and work on interview skills. I have a shit ton of managerial experience but NOT in corporate America, so I will need the coaching and the companies pay them to find talent. I wont pay a head hunter a dime. If you have the ability to use a headhunter I would suggest it....

    After reading that link.... maybe I just need to start a business.... I know my boss would be a demanding dick but at least I have known me for a while.


    .....for those just starting out on the path with no experience... I have no idea what to tell ya....umm send out more resumes...
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