Top seven worst things about job applications

Graduating college means all that homework is finally behind you. Unfortunately, the job application process looms and it may as well be a class on its own with all the time it consumes. Gone are the days where you simply list your waitressing and summer work on a two page application and hand that in. Granted, the reason your attended college in the first place is to find a position that requires a more extensive application. But still, a girl can dream.

As exciting as it is to enter the career world or seek a “next-step position,” job applications can be a pain. Especially if you are filling out more than one in a small amount of time. If you’re reading this and nodding your head, this post is for you. Here are the top seven worst things about applying for jobs:

1. Listing all of your work experience in addition to your resume
There’s nothing more frustrating than submitting your resume and then proceeding to copy and paste the same information into the work experience portion of an application. Do you want my resume or not?

2. Needing all the experience in the world for an entry level position
It’s not impossible to get job experience in college, but it is difficult. For those that are lucky enough to get some experience, it is usually only a year or two maximum. So why do entry level jobs ask for years of experience? Do you want us to enter the career world or not?

3. Online application systems that just don’t work
It’s always nice when you’re using an online application system and it refuses to work. Especially when you waited until just before the deadline to apply so you had time to perfect your cover letter. Awesome.

4. When the job is already gone
If you hire someone, take the job down. It’s not that hard. Don’t get the hopes up of other applicants because you’ve been busy. Try to remember what it was like when you were in our shoes.

5. No response, at all.
I’m pretty sure the only thing worse than being rejected for a position is being ignored completely. Enough said.

6. Vague response time
Whether you apply for a position and receive a confirmation email or interview for a position and they tell you when you can expect to hear from them, vague answers suck. Does a few weeks mean two weeks? Three weeks? A month? Is Wednesday included in early next week? How do I know if I can follow up with you or not?

7. The false positive
Phrases like “we’re pleased with” are really confusing. Does that mean I’m doing better than the other applications or are you pleased with lots of people’s resumes and/or interviews. I take it as a good sign so it’s a huge bummer if I don’t get that job. That’s like leading someone on.

The struggle is real. Now, fortunately, I am not currently looking for a new job but just writing this makes me cringe as  I recall past experiences. I wish the very best of luck to all job applicants and soon-to-be graduates. If you you experience any of these situations or others, don’t give up!


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