Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Job-hunting in 500 words + 5 things I'd rather do instead

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Okay, so I don't know whether this will actually be 500 words, but it sounded like a catchy enough title. And because I've always liked stating the obvious, I'm just going to say it plain: job-hunting is the worst.

Actual working, I'm all for. But getting the job? Well, I think Stitch has illustrated it best. 

I've already mentioned that I'm in the middle of a job search having just moved back home, but today I'd thought I'd share some of the worst aspects about applying (you know, so I don't continue to go crazy all by myself). 

1. The online applications that ask you to upload your resume but then make you fill out all of your qualifications into their own program.

Me while applying, complete with the glass of wine* and dress. (via)

2. Entry-level listings that require experience. I don't even like the Princess Bride (oh, hush) but that's not going to stop me from making the, "you keep using that word... I do not think it means what you think it means," reference.

3. When you're required to provide the minimum salary you'd accept. As if I know what the right answer is. I usually google the average salary for the job and then write something on the lower end, hoping they'll say, "ooh she'll work for cheap. Let's take her!" Because, who am I kidding, most of the jobs I'm looking at now pay better than my last job.

4. When job listings are super vague but contain a lot of explanation points. "We're looking for a real go-getter!" "Are you an ambitious leader?!"

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It's a sales job, isn't it? Just tell me it's a sales job. 

5. When you find that listing for the job you sound perfect for a month after the ad went up. Yep, that's definitely still available.

6. That this isn't true:

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OH WAIT IS IS. I just wasn't invited to the party.

What I'd rather do instead:

--watch the paint on my nails dry.
--clean out my cat's litter box.
--eat chocolate-covered cockroaches.
--walk through a haunted house alone.
--watch that scene in The Hobbit with Gollum that goes on for 30 minutes too long.

*I realized I put an asterisk next to "glass of wine" in my post from Monday and then it didn't lead to anything, but I think I was going to joke about how I always have a glass of wine in hand or something. Haha, too funny I know. So I'm going to do it now. You're welcome. 

[Also, completely unrelated, but bloggers, how much do you use Facebook for your blog? I'm seriously contemplating getting rid of my page because I only use it to advertise new posts. I never use it to actually interact with other bloggers, because I prefer Twitter for that. If you do like using Facebook... what do you like about it?]
 
 
 

34 comments:

  1. Lol, I'm looking for internships right now, and I'm actually thinking to write this kind of post! For Facebook, I haven't really utilized it fully yet, but I think if I have enough followers I'll maybe sometimes post questions that got everyone thinking... Maybe.

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  2. How much do you expect to make is the worst question, who knows just pay me something you think is fair.


    I do not use Facbook for more than promoting posts but I've been thinking of trying to up my game over there.

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  3. UGHHHHHHHHH thanks for articulating my thoughts! I'm job searching too, but NOT blogging about it because it's a big secret I'm keeping form my co workers. Online applications are the invention of Satan--there is a 0.0001% chance that you will get contacted for an interview. I HATE IT.
    I also hate how EVERYONE seems to use the description "be ready to work in a fast paced environment!" What you're just trying to say is "we expect you to work 60 hour weeks AND love it!"

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  4. I loathe entry-level listings that require experience...and at what point are you NOT entry-level anymore anyways? Ugh. But anywho, I use Facebook for my blog but not quite as often as I'd like. I think when I have more time I'm going to schedule some prompts and photos and try to use it as a mix of Instagram and Twitter more. I've seen people have great success with it, and it does bring some traffic. Have you checked out The Nectar Collective's Facebook?? Melyssa does a great job of using hers!

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  5. YESSSS!!!! This is what I've felt like soooooooo many times!!! The search is always asinine!!!


    -Kate
    www.theflorkens.com

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  6. Ugh, applying for jobs is awful but these gifs made me laugh--especially for #4. And yes, "It's a sales job, isn't it? Just tell me it's a sales job." Good luck out there! I use FB pretty much like you do but I'm not a huge FB participant on my personal page. I gravitate towards more visual social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram.

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  7. Ugh, nothing is more annoying than uploading your resume and then submitting all your information into separate fields anyways. You never seem to get it memorized either, no matter how many times you enter the dang information in!

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  8. job hunting is THE worst. i hate it so so much. id rather do just about anything

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  9. Hot damn....you said chocolate covered COCKROACHES....You are deathly afraid of roaches...you know like the running screaming and throwing yourself on the ground kind of scared. DANG.

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  10. Omg this job search thing, in the words of Peter Griffin, "Really grinds my gears!" The 'experience' part is the worst. All my professors are like, "well you just need to get an internship now for the next year or so, that way you'll have the experience." & meanwhile I'm sitting here like, um I need money now. Sooooo....how about, no.


    The struggle to be an active member of society is too real, smh.

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  11. Ooooooooooooh.....I'm a Twitter person, too. I DO use Facebook, though, just to 'advertise' my blog....only because a lot of people on FB aren't necessarily on Twitter............I interact when they interact with me first. *grin*

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  12. P.S. I recently re-discovered the pains of job-searching as well! Did you know you have to spend an hour filling out an application online, as well as take 2-3 TESTS.....FOR A JOB AT THE FUCKING PET STORE!!???? '
    It's ridiculous.

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  13. P.P.S. You're now followed by one more person on Twitter. :)

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  14. That's a good idea. I should definitely use mine to interact more and not just post when I have a new post. Good luck finding an internship!

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  15. Yeah, that's all I do too. It's pretty boring. And, right? Just make me an offer and we'll go from there.

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  16. Haha, yes. As I fill out all the fields for those online apps, I'm just thinking in my head, "this is not going to lead to anything. this is a total waste of time. awesome." And I hate any application that abuses exclamation points. Or applications that have typos in them. Try harder, companies. I'd get dismissed for a typo in my resume.

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  17. Thanks, Kayli! I'll have to check Melyssa's out. I've been looking at entry-level because I am trying to move in a different direction than news reporting, and it's so frustrating when they still want "2-3 years experience."

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  18. It really is. And you know resumes just have to be chosen so arbitrarily due to the volume most places get (at least in cities) or because the applicant knows the right person. And yet I still sit at my computer and fill out online applications like it might go somewhere.

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  19. Thanks, Amy! I think I might replace Facebook with an Instagram account, and be happier for it. Also, at least it's easy to spot sales jobs (which I would be terrible at). The listings all have the same vague lingo.

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  20. Exactly! I should have more of it memorized by now than I do. I just love when the listing tells you to send your cover letter and resume to an actual person's email. Makes me feel so much better that it's actually going somewhere.

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  21. I know, it's terrible. A job in itself.

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  22. I KNOW. Also I said I'd watch the paint on my nails dry. Because apparently I put paint on them and not nail polish. I'm cool like that.

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  23. Haha, I know. Unpaid internships are the worst. I mean, yeah, you get experience and can network, but like you said, people need to get paid! I also hate when I'm told that I have too much experience for a position. Awesome, but I need a paycheck. I wouldn't have applied if I didn't want the job.

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  24. Haha. See I think about that too (that some people aren't on Twitter) but right now my page is so boring and I just have no desire to post there. Such a hard struggle, I know.

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  25. UGH, I hate when companies act like the job is SO hard! Sorry, no, I shouldn't need to come in for more than a couple interviews for an entry-level job. Oh, and also, don't make me get philosophical about where I see myself in the future.

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  26. Oh gosh, I don't know what I would do if I had 'too little' experience, got an internship or something, and then applied only to be told I have 'too much' experience. Like, what even?!! I honestly think I would go crazy.

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  27. Oh I feel your pain, job hunting sucks. And I hate that thing too where you upload your CV but then basically have to copy and paste everything into their own form. Why ask for your CV!??


    On the Facebook question - I've been thinking the same thing. I work in social media so when I come home at night the last thing I want to do is sit on Facebook.

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  28. Haha, thanks, Elena! I think I'd rather stab myself with a fork too!

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  29. Right? I mean I don't work in social media, but I never actually use Facebook to read other people's blogs or interact, so it just seems wasted. I know I could start using it better, but I just have no desire to when I like using Twitter so much more.

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  30. I heart this list so much. The upload CV then copy/paste or fill out the same information kills me. And the salary thing. Like, come on. What are you possibly looking for?


    I've come to see the value of Twitter; I end up hiding any blogs I follow on FB because I don't want to mix my virtual/reality peeps. My page just has new posts and I only have it because. . .doesn't everyone have an FB page just because? Yeah, I'm just following the crowd on this one.

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  31. The salary thing is the WORST. I've never had a job! How the hell should I know what this one should pay?? You have a budget for this, surely, you tell me.

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  32. Haha, me too, and my boyfriend just convinced me to keep mine. I just usually don't use Facebook to even get to other people's blogs, so it seemed unnecessary but I guess I should probably just try to be better about using it. Post more stuff that isn't just "hey I have a new post!" etc..

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  33. Haha, exactly. Obviously they have an idea of what they'd like to pay for the job. Just make me an offer. I'm not very particular.

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