The struggle of job hunting


Job hunting is stressful.

We can agree on that without any doubt. Even if you are employed at the very moment, and just want to bring some refreshing change into your carrier, browsing on the job market for better payment, more flexibility or healthier work-life balance. Not to mention if you are unemployed currently.

This certainly depends on the exact field, but let’s face the facts, just a few of us are so lucky to be approached by headhunters, bombed with pleasing and desirable offers from numerous companies.
The rest of us, normal human beings from the middle class, civic people, might send hundreds of applications out until finally find that one position, which will meet most of the expectations at least for a period of time.

Sending out those CVs

is basically sharing personal information with a bunch of unknown people sitting in hr departments.
As job seekers, we are judged after reading a one-page cover letter, by a degree or a previous employer. This is clearly a position of being exposed, and as it is, not the most comfortable for most people. Also, putting ourselves out there does not automatically mean that we are also going to be accepted.

Not just the feeling of being vulnerable but also the fear of rejection makes jobhunting stressful.
Depending on the job market and the culture hr professionals do or do not send confirmation letters to unchosen applicants.
About repulsive emails, people might have different opinions. From one point of view it is indeed a respectful and welcomed act, so the job seeker can know her/his odds, where from not to expect further information. But on the other hand it is really frustrating to receive “thanks for your application, but unfortunately….” type of emails. Even the ones with tight skin and great self-confidence feel neglected or turned down sometimes.

The hiring process, in particular, the interview situation is about the partners trying to figure out if it is a good match if the needs are meeting, mutually. jobseekers quite often forgot about the thing that not just the applicant has to fulfil the criteria of the hr department of a company, but it has to be vica versa. The applicant is interviewing the company at the same time.
The employee offers her/his talent, skills and experience in exchange what they have to offer. Getting a deserved title/position/salary is not favour!

We spend at work at least one-third of our time daily,

and that is a significant amount. So it is crucial to find at least some source of joy in it. Let it be the salary, how interesting or challenging the tasks are, the level of appreciation, whatever makes one satisfied.
So at the interview lets not be afraid to ask questions about the workplace culture, benefits, beanbags or whatever is important for you regarding a pleasing work atmosphere.

Some of you might say, this is such a y-generation idealistic point of view, but I still state that everyone deserves a job that (s)he actually enjoys, and no one should accept anything less than that.

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