April 11, 2020

unemployed

I hate being unemployed: part 2

I need to remind myself that I’m in a privileged position compared to most people. I don’t have any debt. I was given a nice severance package from my previous employer. Overall I have a nice cushion while I look for my next job. I need to constantly remind myself of this otherwise my anxiety might actually end up killing me.

I mentioned in my previous post that the entire hiring process has been automated in the past 10 years. It’s software and algorithms looking for specific phrases or key words. There are entire companies that will help you write a resume to game” the system. How is this helping recruiters find the best candidates?

As someone who’s approaching this having been on the other side, I can say that resumes are worthless. A roll of toilet paper is more useful when determining the fit of a candidate. It’s strange to me that most companies still hold this document up in reverence when it tells you next to nothing about the person you’re potentially interviewing. Work ethic, personality, and soft skills are far more valuable than relevant work experience. In that regard interviews are also a crap shoot. At the end of the day you’ll never truly know someone is a good fit until they start doing the job.

I have a lot of experience, but it’s not in one specific field. I’ve worked as a web developer, trainer, development specialist, and retail manager. It’s varied, and that’s the problem from a hiring managers perspective.


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