Graduated students are entering the workforce after graduation. Many of us spent weeks, months, or even years to land on our first jobs. We experienced rejections, no responses, acceptance, invitations for interview, and some “hilarious” experience we encounter during the job search, or job hunt.
The five year experience entry level position
Remember the entry level position that require five years of experience while you just finished your four year college? There are memes all over the internet are making fun of such requirement. I believe many of us shy out of entry level position for a while and only looked for internship positions. And what were the HR thinking? Someone with five years experiences won’t apply for an entry level job!
The unpaid intern positions with long hours commitments
It is understandable of how startup companies with little funding only can hire unpaid interns, and some graduates with no working experiences only can work for unpaid intern positions, because they are truly still learning/under training. However, why do large companies and organizations still hire unpaid intern with working experiences? Would paying stipends to interns bankrupt the company in a brink?
The LinkedIn Superman and the person connected everyone in LinkedIn
As we were taught in college, it is important to have an awesome LinkedIn profile and networking to find a job. But in reality, LinkedIn is full of deceives. Besides the multi-level marketing scams, there is always someone who take LinkedIn networking to a whole new level. It is not news to see colleagues exaggerate their experiences in LinkedIn. (Usually the classmate with the worst performance exaggerate the most). Of course, there’s always one person you never met and keep sending you invitation, in the same time he connected with most of your connections. This leads to the next question “Should I accept him for the sake of +1 connection? I don’t know him!”
Mass resume sending and the over-confident employer
During the job hunt, we sent massive numbers with resumes and cover letters. Sometimes we sent more than 10 applications a day to similar jobs. We keep in track of which companies and positions we applied for, but a few days later we might forgot about the applications. Even this is not the best methods to land on a job, but it does help to get replies from employers.
The best part of this type of drama is the over-confident employers. Those employers usually are small-medium sized firms with an average 2.5 rating at GlassDoor. They would call you any time in business hour without setting up a schedule through email. When you ask who’s calling they expect you to remember the position and company you applied a week ago and get disappointed if you don’t. For those employers, I only can hope they can find someone know their company’s existence.
Setting up career accounts in different companies just to apply for one job
This is less likely to happen as there are more companies are adopting third party HR software. However, there are still companies require candidates to have a career account when applying for their job positions. As time goes on, applicants will have more career accounts and each accounts only applied for a few job positions they desired. The questions for this hassle is “Should I set the same password for different websites? If yes, would this too easy to be hacked?”
In conclusion, good luck for those who are still looking for their jobs after graduation. Sometimes we have the talent but not too great at expressing them. There are career service websites to rate resumes based on clarity and information. Check them out if needed. I am not posting the links here so I don’t look like I wrote this long article just to advertise a career service websites. But some of their advises are very helpful. Personally I get more interviews after following their advises like building a profile of published contents, GitHub Profile, and active verb use in resumes.