Sea of Frustation/Resume Black Hole
[Chloe] Tyler, first it was the task of writing my resume.
How do I take a lifetimeís worth of experience and abilities and reduce it down
to just 2 pages? Then Betsy was telling me that a lot of companies scan the
resume for keywords and only look at the ones that have the most keywords. So
then I had to guess at what keywords to use in the resume. But then Betsy told
me about an article she read where they did an experiment; they wrote ďperfectĒ
resumes for a job opening, but only 12% of them made it through the scanning
process, even though they were all ďperfectĒ for the job. How aggravating! Iíve
sent out so many resumes already, and Iíve not heard back from any of those
companies; its like all that frustration and then the resumes just go into a big
The Forest of Have Nots
[Chloe] Tyler, it seems like companies are more interested
in what I donít have in the way of experience, education, or certifications,
than interest in what I can do and do possess. They spend more energy finding
reasons to screen me out than they do considering what I might do for them. Its
such a negative process.
[Tyler] I know, Chloe, but donít get discouraged.
Everything happens for a reason; you just have to keep that in mind. But because
humans can only keep track of a certain number of variables, and they get so
many resumes and applications for each opening, they have to have a way to get
the pile down to a manageable size, and they do that first by weeding out, not
[Chloe] Tyler, I went to an employment agency today, and
when they looked at my resume, they said Iíd have been perfect for a job they
filled just yesterday. And thatís happened like that more than once already. It
seems half of this game, if you want to call it that, involves being lucky
enough to be in the right place at the right time. Ahhh, this is so aggravating!
[Chloe] Tyler, I know itís important to keep a positive
attitude when Iím interviewing, but with all this rejection Iím beginning to
lose hope. When we decided I should return to the business world, I was kind of
excited. But now. . . all my enthusiasm is out the window.
[Tyler] Aw, Chloe, it will work
out. Donít get despondent; it will show through in your interviews.
Glad I saw you at the back fence, Betsy. I need to talk to somebody. I keep
sending out resumes for jobs that sound perfect for me, but I donít seem to get
a second look from the companies. If only I could get an interview, I know I
could do that job well and I could convince them Iím the right person for the
job. This ďresume firstĒ process is so unfair Ė it stinks!
[Betsy] The process sure could use
improving, but thatís how companies seem to go about the process. You just have
to play the game and hope for the best.
[Chloe] So thatís all I have to fall back on Ė hope?
[Chloe] If I
donít get a job soon, the bankís going to come and take our tractor; then how
are we going to work the farm? We wonít be able to generate income from the farm
and I wonít have a job in town either. Weíll lose everything, Tyler.
Should I Wait?
what do you think Ė I had a pretty good interview with a human last week, and
she told me to call back by the end of last week. I didnít hear from her, so I
called. . .and called. Each time when I tried to leave a message, I got a
mailbox full recording. Why do people tell you to call and then make it
impossible to get through to them? Iím overlooking the fact that she said she
would call me. What do you suppose this means?
[Tyler] Iím not sure Chloe, but keep trying. This is the
only glimmer of hope youíve gotten in weeks. Iím sure the human is just too busy
to call you or to clear out her messages.
Valley of Noís
[Chloe] Wow, the
last time I interviewed it was on campus. Everything was so positive and the
recruiters all acted like they were anxious for me to come to work for their
companies. Nooww, dog, have things changed. All I get, if I get anything at all,
is a form letter Ė sorry this and unfortunately that. All ďnoísĒ. And these are
all jobs I could easily do with my eyes closed; so whatís wrong with me?
No Related Experience Mountain
[Chloe] Tyler, I donít understand why companies only look
for applicants who have been doing the same job for their current employer that
the new company wants them to do for the new company? If I were already
performing the same job, in the same industry, in the same town, why would I
want to change employers and be the low dog on the totem pole? I wouldnít be
motivated, challenged, or inspired. Yet humans keep telling me I have no related
experience, yet I have all the personal qualities, attitude, and competencies to
perform the job well. Learning the ďhard skillsĒ would take me a week or two,
but I would be challenged and motivated by the new experiences. I heard a while
ago that some very successful airline company has a motto of hiring for attitude
and training for skill. If that makes them successful, why donít other companies
do that as well?
Job Fair Cattle Calls
[Chloe] Hoe, dog, Iím not doing that again.
[Tyler] Welcome home honey; what arenít you going to try
[Chloe] I went to a job fair, just to leave no
stone unturned in this job search of mine, and what a waste of time. I knew some
of the companies I have been applying to would be there, so I thought I could
get some ďface timeĒ and have conversations with the people that make hiring
decisions Ė you know, get some answers, and have a chance to tell them why Iíd
be good on the job.
[Tyler] Sounds reasonable; what
[Chloe] The place was flooded with people
pushing their resumes at the representatives, who were out of reach standing
behind tables like a barrier. The reps were junior employees who said they
couldnít make any decisions anyway. They even admitted they were only their ďto
represent their company to the employment communityĒ and that I should just
leave a resume and theyíd review it later. They kept getting interrupted and
distracted, and I couldnít even get any of my questions answered or get any info
on what the company was like, except from some brochure they handed me. W h a t
a n a b s o l u t e w a s t e o f t I m e!!!!
Field of Self-Doubt
Chloe, why are you crying? [Chloe] Oh Tyler, maybe I donít have marketable
skills and experience. Maybe those years when I was out of the job market have
left me behind. What if thereís no place at all for me in todayís world. I guess
Iím not as good as I thought I was. Nobodyís interested in what I have to offer.
Iím just getting so depressed. Canít I just stay on the farm and work with you?
This job searching is so demeaning. [Tyler] Come on now, Chloe, youíve got to
remember everything happens for a reason; that perfect job is out there, just
waiting to find you.
Prickly Cactus Credit Check
[Chloe] Ė Oh, great; that company that was interested in me
did a credit check and is no longer interested because our credit is not
perfect. First of all, what does my credit score have to do with my ability to
do the job? Second, farm income is not a weekly paycheck; managing cash flow is
a challenge and a couple of times we were late making a payment on the tractor
loan. Darn it, that doesnít make us a poor credit risk or irresponsible people
Tyler. We are customers of that company, we buy a lot of supplies from them, but
no more Ė they just lost a good customer!
Trough of No Feed-Back
Howís the job search coming along, Chloe? [Chloe] Iíd tell you if I knew myself,
Tyler. I never get any feedback Ė not when I send out resumes, not after Iíve
gotten a phone interview or onsite interview; nothing! You know, it would be
nice if I could at least find out where I stand. Or if Iíve got dog-breath, if
someone would just tell me that, I could do something about it. But Nnoooooo,
not a peep!
Garden of Abandonment
give up, Tyler. No feedback, black holes abound; mailboxes full; no company
reps. to talk to; starts/stops/restarts. . . I feel like Iíve been abandoned in
the world of work. It is so dog-gone humiliating and downgrading Tyler. [Tyler]
Donít feel abandoned, Chloe; you just have to keep your chin up, have faith in
your abilities, and keep in mind that everything happens for a reason.
Eureka! [Chloe] Tyler, Iím so excited. Yesterday I found a
job opening at this company that offered me an interview first thing; didnít
even request a resume first. I went through all the steps in their selection
process all at one time. Their questions were directly related to the job, so I
could tell them exactly how my experiences from the farm Ė handling that lease
arrangement for the new tractor and so on. And it was such a positive experience
Ė their interview questions focused on what I could do instead of all the other
companies that first focused on what credentials and experience I didnít have to
screen me out. And they didnít even ask me for a resume first, they went right
to the interview. It was all automated, but it seemed so natural. Such a time
saver too! And I got feedback right as I finished as to how well I did and what
to expect next. If Iíd known about this company first, I wouldnít even have
applied at all those other ďresume firstĒ companies. Writing that resume first
was such a frustrating experience I almost changed my mind about applying for
jobs - trying to put a lifetimeís worth of experience and skills into just two
pages and guess at what key words to use and all. And guess what, because I was
able to tell them how my life experiences qualified me for the job, they called
me in today, the very next day, for a final interview and offered me the job!
Isnít that wonderful! And they have other jobs to fill the same way. Iím going
to tell Betsy, Stella, Taniqua, and everyone else I know to apply there.