The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for me as I tried helping out a young friend (a dental hygienist) with his applications for dental jobs
. I only felt the need to interfere after I saw him losing his mind over it. I thought my experience and worldly wisdom would help him deal with it all better. Ha! One day into his quest and I was desperately trying to hold on to my own mind!
Here are only four reasons why:
1. It’s overwhelming
The options online are endless. It makes you feel like this country is swarming with jobs. There are so many of them and not enough people to fill them.
Our leaders, on the other hand, tell us something else entirely. The slow moving economy and a lack of jobs have been hot button topics for the past few years. So what causes the busyness in the online job space? I can only wonder.
2. It’s endless
The number of search options on most job portals seems exciting in the beginning, but it only leads to despair. One keeps wondering endlessly what if they had set their search criteria differently?
And then we go about incorporating all kinds of combinations into our search, and each combination that fails (which it does way more often than not) leads us closer and closer to total, utter, and absolute despair.
3. It’s time-consuming and stressful
Executing all the aforementioned search combinations and criteria can take up the better part of your day before you even realise it.
One needs to create profiles for all job portals and keep thinking about new passwords as per their requirements. One then starts looking for jobs as per their desired criteria, which keeps expanding due to the choices available.
These choices falsely lure us into thinking that if only we persist with them for some more time we will hit the jackpot. So we keep going, never knowing when to call it off. We even sign up for ‘jobs by email’ and never get anything remotely related to what we are looking for.
And, of course, if one does find something interesting one has to tweak their covering letter and/or the CV for it since our entire future rides on how we pen the whole thing.
If that is not stressful, I don’t know what is.
4. It’s heartbreaking
is so yesterday. The experience of looking for jobs online requires a whole new skill that can only be called grief management. The atmosphere is very harsh. You are just another job seeker in the sea of millions, something you knew already but which is brought home very cruelly by the online medium.
Nobody even bothers to inform you that you have been rejected. You are supposed to just ‘get it’ if you don’t hear from anybody a few days after submitting your much carefully crafted application, like an ex who did not bother informing you that they had dumped you. Don’t act so naive now, just get the frikkin’ message already!
Yes, I understand that online job searching
has its positives and is the way of the future. My friend, like millions others in this country and around the world, has finally learnt how to do it without going utterly mad. I, however, do not find myself excited over the prospect of doing so myself. What do you hate the most about looking for jobs online?