Navigating to Search for Jobs
Search. Navigate. Explore. To Conquer.
Job Searching Leads To Nothing
How much patience needed to endure? How long is this journey? Where is it going to take me? What are my chances?
On the same boat with hundreds of other job seekers, frustration is slowly setting in for such a long journey.
But we do not allow frustration to take us down. The boat that is carrying us is a vessel to get us to our hoped destination.
There is something out there and believing that the job searching leading to nothing will yet soon be the best in something.
Job searching for five months now (and ongoing) has not led to anything except to a one phone call asking if I drive (to which I do not) and to another interview that I was so enthusiastic about and went really well (now on a wait mode after one interview with two personnel). I want to make sure that I do not sound like I am screaming my heart out on top of a mountain. I know for sure that the search MUST go on.
My résumé has been polished with the help of a friend’s advice and I have accumulated numerous tailored cover letters and resumes to employers I had sent them to. I have also kept a list to record to where and when they went out. It is disappointing as well as frustrating when a job ad looks attractive and that you feel positive that you fit right perfectly for the job description only to realize that there is no company name, no website, not even a contact number but only a postal code. You search for the postal code and it does not really give a very clear view to a company name. Where would that lead you and me to? It is like having a GPS but getting lost. In some cases, many companies would include all the necessary hiring information; the worst part is finding at the bottom of the page a line that reads- “Please no phone calls about this job.” Your jaw just dropped to the floor and you hit your head with disbelief. You believe that you deserve to make a follow-up of your submission; hence there is no guarantee that the hiring manager has seen it. You go on with the next one.
There is a flow of excitement in your blood veins and you are enthusiastic about dropping your résumé in person. The uncomfortable feeling of dismay and embarrassment just overpowered your sunny presence when not even a welcoming smile and a warm assurance that your dropped off résumé is accepted and will be passed on to the right person, instead the acknowledgement is a punch: “We really discourage dropping of or handing over résumés. Please apply online.” You just spent your time to reach the place and start to doubt as you turn your back if your résumé will sit peacefully inside the trash bin until the night cleaners come around.
I know that I am not alone and I am one of the hundreds of unemployed desperately in need for work, to work and do work. Because I want be a fulfilled individual, being jobless is a scare not just to myself but also to my family. Five months (and counting) being at home is becoming a bore and it does not make one like me very productive. Broad searches online on job tips thought could be encouraging and keep you on your tracks but what do they offer? They offer smart and positive information and you study those and you will be guessing “How come still no one is calling me.” I have spent hours and nights refining my résumés into suitable templates that would give the best fit. Registered myself and signed up for multiple job alerts. Visiting the job sites over and over is great if there are new jobs posted, but it seems that past postings going back 3 months are still on. Was some lucky job seeker gotten the job or the hiring ad has not been pulled out. The fair thing these companies could do is take themselves off the job search engines. Networking, done that too.
How discouraging it could be when you land on a job search that you are very much interested in but its listing of qualifications is overwhelming and often times look scarier than any frightening news online. You have your hopes up and then followed by a frustrating sigh on yourself. Not to worry about a long bulleted list of responsibilities though again very overwhelming (do they all have to be listed down), because that is the component of work. Not to mention that many of the job positions are in the minimum wage especially if you had previous experiences above the minimum wage bracket, you feel that you just have plunged back into the old dark pit and that you have to struggle to climb again. The tough choice is acceptance yet undesirable. It is discouraging but then you have to think of your future. You and I cannot rot at home. On your left shoulder, your conscience whispers to you “Consider joining a volunteer work.” That is right. To volunteer always brings out the best in yourself, the employer, as well as the others you would be able to give help, for all the smiles and hardworking attitude you have got to offer. But you will need to spend for fare yet there is no incoming income. My bank savings is going down the drain. There has been no unnecessary spending to ease the draining for the reality of this situation is obvious- what goes down will not be rising back.
Now, hope and effort have not really faded but is still colourful in anticipation; the journey must go on...