It’s Never Been Easier to Look for a Job
Unfortunately, that coin has two sides
➔ Maybe Charles Dickens said it best when he opened A Tale of Two Cities with, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” He could have been talking about looking for a job in 2022.
When you examine the entire process, comparatively speaking, looking for a job today can be pretty easy in some respects. But then again…
Do you want the good news or the bad news?
The good news is the easy aspects of today’s job search. Only in the past few years have job seekers been able to see thousands of job openings while wearing their pajamas. Online jobs boards and company websites are open for business 24/7. You can apply for a job and submit your resume whenever – and in some cases, wherever you like.
You reach out to hiring managers and colleagues through email. You also can discover hiring managers and new professional contacts through LinkedIn – which also affords you the opportunity to essentially advertise yourself online 24/7.
You can find out almost anything about a company through online databases. You can review commentaries as to how good is a place to work through properties such as Glassdoor. You even can be interviewed for a job from the comfort of your own home with a Zoom meeting saving you time, gas, parking fees, etc.
You can apply for jobs at companies which exist at distances never before thought possible. And, if you get such a job, you can work remotely from literally hundreds, if not thousands of miles away… again from the comfort of your own home.
And now for the bad…
Because applying is so easy, the competition that awaits you is geometrically greater than ever thought possible. Employers can reject you through digital screening systems without ever having seen your resume or application. In 2022 you’re much more likely to be “ghosted” by an employer than ever before.
Of course, to partake in today’s job search, a certain degree of technical expertise is more than just mandated, it’s essential. Without knowledge of email, Zoom and the like, you’ll for sure be left at the starting gate.
Much like other aspects of life in today’s modern world, job seeking bears little, if any resemblance to the job search you employed only a few decades ago. It’s a time when you must learn to take the good with the bad… if you hope to survive.