Six things I hate about jobseeking

I’ve been out of work for over three months now. It’s not a long time in the grand scheme of things, but I will confess to starting to worry about eroding all of our savings and didn’t think it would take me this long to find a new job in my field. I’ve come agonisingly close to landing one I really, really wanted and got excellent feedback from the interview panel, so I must be selling myself well but, unfortunately, there was someone better than me on the day. Oh well.

Searching for jobs is stressful, but there’s so much that could be done to make it easier for the poor sods who are trying their best to find appropriate roles. So here, for anyone who’s interested, are my observations and micro rants about the things that I’m fed up of in the world of jobseeking…

Show me the money!
I’m not a mercenary by any means, but why do so many job adverts fail to mention the salary? It’s not the most important thing to me, but surely it’s only fair to let prospective applicants know whether it would be financially viable before they invest time and effort into researching an employer and writing a tailored application letter?

Where in the world?
Yes, recruitment agencies, I’m looking at you in particular here. If a job is in the ‘South East of England’ or ‘Commutable from London’, that’s a really big area and therefore no bloody good to me. I need to know if I can get there from where I am in under two hours. The Domesday Book managed to list place names without the aid of Google maps, so why can’t you?

Hello? Is anybody there?
If I spend hours finding about your organisation and carefully crafting my application to show how my skills and experience could be of great benefit to it, I think it warrants a reply. Even an automated one would be nice. I’ve applied for 30 or 40 jobs that have been highly relevant to me, but only a third of them have as much as acknowledged me. Rude.

Get a room!
Maybe this is only a Brighton thing, but WHY did my interview have to take place in a café? Call me grumpy, but it’s difficult to concentrate when there’s a door constantly opening and shutting behind me, other people talking in the room and a radio belting out ‘music’. If you think someone may be worth employing, show them some respect and hire a meeting room if you don’t have one in the workplace.

Let me get a word in edgeways
In a couple of interviews I’ve had, I haven’t had much of a chance to sell myself because the interviewers kept interrupting and talking over me. I kid you not. Still, it quickly made my mind up about whether I’d be happy working alongside them…

Know the role you’re interviewing for
This isn’t a joke either. One interviewer didn’t seem to know much about the digital role they were hiring for and also thought that blogs were one-off publications. When I explained that they’re ongoing things, they hinted that they wouldn’t want me to carry on blogging if I got the job. Never!


  1. Daniel

    Nice post and an experience that I suspect will resonate with many who have been in a similar situation.

    As a seventh I’d add “company with demanding application process, which then recruits internally”. Do us a favour – search internally first so we don’t have to waste time on the pretence that you’re really looking for external candidates.

    Hopefully you’ve had the good fortune not to have dealt with recruitment agencies but if you have you’ll know how poorly most deal with job seekers, treating them like a low value commodity. It must be becoming more of a employees market now, though, especially where specialist skills are involved.

    All the best in your search!

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      Thanks Daniel. Yes, good addition – I’ve had that happen to me a couple of times and felt cheated of the time and effort I put in only to get an embarrassed apology from the recruitment agency when an internal candidate came from nowhere at the last minute. I hope you’re right about the balance of power shifting to employees – it would be wonderful to soon be in a position where I had to choose between roles!

  2. Paul Wandason

    I spent several months looking for a job, and you’re right that it’s psychologically a real drain – certainly not helped much by some poor communication.

    I’m with you on the recruiting companies – some are quite helpful, but with others it’s very clear that they only want to shove a large number of CVs under the noses of a company with very little thought behind it. It’s a waste of time for both job seekers and the companies.

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      Thanks Paul. Yes, I get the impression that several agencies are more bothered with bombarding their clients with CVs than with helping individuals to find the right roles.


  4. Jewel

    You make some good points here. It does seem to be a modern trend that employers don’t even acknowledge job applications. I think they ought to, as it wouldn’t take long and can be done by e-mail if you applied online, so wouldn’t cost anything. Can’t believe someone interviewed you in a café! It isn’t a Brighton thing, I used to live there and never once did a job interview take place in a public place.

    Wishing you success soon.

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      Thank you. Yes, they really ought to – even a simple copy and paste job would suffice. Guess I must have been unlucky with the interviews in that case – I’ve had two interviews in Brighton, both with different employers and both in cafés!

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