Sep 23, 2011

Random Thoughts pt. 3

Here's one for those of us who have been looking for a (good/better) job recently.

Have you ever found a job post online and applied to it? You go through the process of writing a job-specific cover letter, attach your resume, maybe a writing sample or two (depending on the job) and then send it out into cyberspace.

If you've gone through this, then you know what happens next. Nothing. No response, no notification beyond some automated email saying your application has been received, and that's if you're lucky.

But what happens when you actually get a response, from a human no less? You kind of freak out, right?

A friend of mine got an email response to an online application within ten minutes of sending it out. She was so caught off guard that she asked me to take a look at the email to make sure it wasn't a scam (we concluded that it wasn't, but it was still odd).

Are jobs so scarce these days that when you get a response you're skeptical of its origin? Or have we job seekers become so accustomed to being ignored by companies "looking to hire" that a response from these companies freightens us?

I think it's a little of both. Job seekers are gun-shy because all we deal with is rejection and being ignored.

Which makes it difficult for companies to appear genuine in their attempts to contact us for interviews.

No real point here, just a random thought... 

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