March 20, 2020

I HATE being Unemployed

I’ve decided I’m going to try and be more public and transparent about my experiences on social media. This is something that almost everyone has or will go through and can relate to. Especially with the world seemilgly falling apart all around us.

I’ve been using an app called MindNode to track which jobs I’ve applied for a at what stage I’m at in the interview process. The mind map is starting to get quite large. I have only interviewed for a few, and spend most of my days in crushing anxiety over what I’m supposed to do next. Ok, that last sentence is maybe exaggerating a little bit, but if you do suffer from anxiety, being unemployed does not exactly help.

I spent 10 years at my last job. 10…years! Who does that these days? Nobody, and for good reason. People who change jobs every three years or so typically make more than people who stay with the same company. There’s not much incentive to stay put. Company loyalty means absolutely nothing in the 21st century. Everyone is replaceable..everyone. I’m not saying that to sound cold, it’s just reality. I’ve worked in HR and have been involved in the hiring and firing process. Seeing how the sausage is made doesn’t inspire confidence when you’re on the other side of the fence.

In the 10 years I was employed with the same company the job landscape has changed dramatically. Now when you apply for a job you’re extremely lucky if a human being ever looks at your resume. It’s all handled by software looking for key phrases or words. Some companies even use facial recognition tech in interviews to determine whether or not you’d be a good fit”. Holy fuck I hate that term. Every time someone mentions it I imagine my fist being a good fit for their face. If you work in HR, please, for the love of God stop using that phrase with people you have to turn down. Be honest with them. If they really aren’t a good fit, tell them why. Be specific.

The last time I felt like I came close to getting a role I went through seven interviews, including one presentation I had to put together for the leadership team. A few days after the presentation the HR rep called to let me know I wasn’t getting the role. I asked for feedback from one of the people I interviewed with. I had to contact him twice and both times me said he’s get back to me with feedback. It never happened. I understand that people are busy, but if you don’t have the time then be open and honest about it. Don’t string people along. I and most people are completely fine with companies not wanted to pass along feedback. Most have policies against it.

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