Job hunting & recruitment process - The Maze
flying like a bee from profile to profile, I read a very interesting story by Jennifer Schult here about recruitment.
It made me think (again) about all the crazy recruitment processes I went through during my job hunt.
I'll try to make it short consistent, and funny because crying is not the point.
First thing first ! NEVER NEVER NEVER QUIT !
Like a player in the field, you never quit the game until it's the end ! Or until you decide it's the end.
I sent hundred and hundred of CVs, cover letters (lucky me I have google drive because my old computer was crazy about having so much stuff on it), and as you can imagine I got hundred and hundred of negative replies. I also got face-to-face interviews but didn't make it to stage 2 and this is another story.
The first negative reply was an awful feeling, the last one I got was like « hey look ! I got a spam email », and I think I may get another one soon, because I sent some CVs last month, before jumping into Entrepreneurship.
Let's talk about the feeling, this horrible feeling (that's why you are here right ?).
You are you, your friends/family said you're awesome (and you are, let's face it !), you see yourself as a nice person, successful but maybe not too much, and you need a job. Because, well, life is not always about getting a job, but it's still a thing. You have experience, maybe you have degrees, lot of them, maybe not, but you still being awesome, degrees are not everything.
You read a job description, and WOW, it's you. From the first word till the end. So you get the job, right ?
Because that's not how it works. If you're lucky enough you can have an interview, if not, you start again the game of « reading the job description and applying ».
The applying game.
I'm not talking about when applying to the company directly but from a recruitment agency, I'm sure that some recruitment agencies put me in the spam box because I was applying too much on jobs they posted on the Internet.
The craziest thing I had to do was to fill out a 8 pages of questions (in English – please note I'm French, and my English from 4 months ago was even worse than this one you can read right now - sorry about that), I filled my form, I'm a good person you know, I try to do what I'm asked to... and I waited...I waited...I waited...
And I waited...
and I got a negative reply. But I was lucky enough to fill the huge form right ? And to feel special filling it. Silly me !
If you went hunting for a job, you know that recruitment processes are long, from weeks to months. Some are shorter (up to few weeks, and even faster if you get the job).
I filled out many forms, UK employment forms are often similar, I have enough cover letters to change my walls decoration if I want, and enough negative replies to feel like I can write for a recruitment agency.
(Don't get me wrong, many recruiters are very nice people).
« Despite the fact that – say something positive – we are sorry but – say you don't offer the job – We wish you a – say something nice- »
Now, I can laugh about it, but I cried a lot and a lot. I should have buy stock options in some tissue company.
And why ?
Because I felt awful as a person, I felt incompetent, and I'm not, and if you're looking for a job you are NOT incompetent. In fact, looking for a job is a real job !