Ever since the Recession of 2008, the process of acquiring employment has become extremely challenging and exhausting. After months of searching, a significant amount of job seekers are willing to accept any job offers that will allow them to put food on the tables. If you follow the United States’ economic recovery, you probably know that there are about 10.5 million unemployed Americans and constant debates about how to create more jobs. What you may not know is that there are actually four million open jobs waiting to be filled. So how is it possible and who is there to blame?
First, in order to better understand the scale of the problem let’s take a closer look at the numbers. Since late 2007, nearly 8.5 million jobs were lost; in most severe times 11 thousand people were receiving pink slips on a daily basis. As of today, official unemployment statistics represents 10.5 million of Americans who are actively seeking employment within the last four weeks. However, this number excludes so called “discouraged workers", those who have no luck in their job search for a period longer than that. If we add to this list those who are currently employed, but looking to change their workplace, the competition becomes sky rocking. But even without looking at the numbers, those who face job search these days know that it takes months, if not years to get one; acquiring employment becomes exhausting and affects one’s economic and emotional wellbeing. However, there are also people who solely blame unemployed for their hardships, and those who underestimate the dangerous effects that long-term unemployment has on a society as a whole.
It takes a lot to get noticed these days. One might fill out hundreds of resumes, go job fairs, and even show up to companies in person and still have no luck. There are certain standard job search approaches that most of the candidates use, such as applying through online job search engines and corporate web sites, attending job fairs, showing up in person, and seeking help of employment agencies. Let’s look at all of them and see why they do not always work.
Online job search engines are not being a lot of help these days. Oftentimes the only people you will hear back from would be scammers and employment agencies seeking to make money on potential hires. After posting a resume on such web sites, there is a high chance that you will receive hundreds of emails offering work from home, or immediate job opportunity. Further research on the company will uncover numerous complaints or scam alerts.
When it comes to applying through a corporate web site, there is one thing to be aware of: companies these days use help of automated resume scanners. With competition being as high as it is, one job listing attracts hundreds, if not thousands of job applications. In order to sort them out, corporations utilize special software that scans resumes for specific key words. Even though it makes the process a lot faster and easier,...