I am signed up with a number of online job sites, plugging in my keywords to see if they match those set forth by prospective employers. Problem is, these words trigger potential jobs regardless of the degree to which such a position might apply.
For example, one of the sites I use is Ziprecruiter. I love their radio commercial. It’s all about the employer, how the worst part of their job is going through resumes and how Ziprecruiter makes it soooo effin’ easy? They make it sound like Tinder: swipe one way if you like the applicant, swipe the other way if you don’t.
Boo-hoo. Hey, Mr. or Ms. Employer, did you ever think about the people on the other end? You think we like going through the process? Agonizing over if we’ll get asked to the dance or if we just sit home another day because someone who doesn’t even know us has decided we’re not good enough? We might have all the desirable qualities in the world, but because we haven’t triggered those key words, we sit and wait by the phone.
One of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies — It’s A Wonderful Life — is when George Bailey and his uncle Billy are waiting for brother Harry to get back from college. It should have been George but… oh, just watch the movie. It should be on any day now.
Oh, there are plenty of jobs around for somebody that likes to travel. Look at this. (takes some folders from his pocket) There . . . Venezuela oil fields –– wanted, man with construction experience. Here’s the Yukon, right here –– wanted, man with
The WHISTLE of the approaching train is heard.
Thar she blows. You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are?
Uh-huh. Breakfast is served; lunch is served; dinner . . .
No, no, no, no! Anchor chains, plane motors, and train whistles.
I’m sorry, just where did George get construction and engineering experience? He’s been working at the Bailey Building and Loan since he got out of high school. Not important; suspend disbelief.
Where was I? Oh, yeah.
So I signed up with Zip, which is pretty much what I’ve gotten in terms of jobs that actually, you know, have anything to do with what I’m looking for or my experience. According to Zip, I must be perfectly matched to drive trucks, since I get so many leads about such openings.