Adventures in Job Hunting

14 Feb

The title of this post is rather misleading. In reality my job hunt over the past few months has not been very adventurous. Go to web site, fill out online application, click button, wait, not hear from company, lather, rinse, repeat. It’s very dull. It’s very discouraging. It’s very depressing.

This past two weeks I’ve sent in about nine applications. Which is roughly one application a day. Some would say I should be sending in about 9 a day but when you’re only two jobs ever have been retail as a sales clerk it’s very difficult to find anything. This is mainly because you share this trait with a good deal of the population. I’m very positive that I am not the only unemployed college student with a retail sales background running around on the internet trying to find a job. The other problem with this is being a student your schedule is kind of wonky. So all the non-students get snatched up first because they have completely open schedules.

Then there’s the dreaded online application process which pretty much feels like you’re jumping through flaming hoops over a shark tank blind folded and backwards. After you’re done you take the blind fold off to realize that the audience left half way through and the only person still in the stands is some dude reading a news paper who wasn’t paying attention anyways. Basically, you don’t feel like anyone will ever see your application and thus your likely hood of getting the job is very very slim if anything at all.

There is some upside to it. You get very good at answering silly questions about your personality, work ethics and basic reasoning capability. If ever you are stuck in a video game-like scenario where answering such questions mean that you either move on to the next level or fall into a pit full of acid you’re set. Otherwise you have acquired a useless skill that will never really serve you well.

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED!!!!: Useless Question Answering Skill Aquired

I miss the good ol’ days when you could walk into a place and ask if they were hiring and if they were you could talk to the manager and get to know them a little and leave an impression on them before you took the application home and then brought it back after taking your time to fill it out. Now you’re just a name and a number without a face that some poor human resources person has to look at and most likely will just skim over.

There are days when I think there is too much automation in the world. How will these places that only take online applications function if the internet stops existing. I’m hoping it’s some sort of Mad Max style Thunder Dome contest because if it is I am totally getting a job. Or maybe it can be rock/paper/scissors and all those hours spent at LARP will finally pay off. Not likely but one can dream… one can dream…

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Posted by on February 14, 2012 in Random Stuff


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