Camille Mari en beBee in English, Entrepreneurs, Writers Entrepreneur • Camille Mari - Social Media Solutions 23/11/2016 · 2 min de lectura · +800

Job hunting & recruitment process - The Maze

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 ?

Well, no.

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 !

So, cry, because you'll cry, but remember that for someone, somewhere in the right company you'll be AWESOME ! 

And for the rest, they just lost something huge.

Deb 🐝 Helfrich 23/11/2016 · #8

#7 Well maybe there is a business idea there for you.... I spent a little time as a job interview coach - trying to get people to let go of the damage to their self-esteem during the process of getting an interview so that they could shine in the interview.

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Camille Mari 23/11/2016 · #7

#6 I cannot agree more with you :)

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Deb 🐝 Helfrich 23/11/2016 · #6

#5 Slowly, but surely this recruitment situation will have to change because it is just simply too dehumanizing. You've made a good move into entrepreneurship, @Camille Mari, but some of the same challenges exist in that arena.

Ultimately, I think a site like beBee where people are building trust through deeper relationships is a key to making the search for work, whether as an employee or business owner, a process that focuses more on the ability of someone to do something new, rather than just their capability to mimic what they've done in the past. That is where the disconnect lies.

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Camille Mari 23/11/2016 · #5

@Deb Helfrich & @Graham Edwards , thanks for the comment. :)

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Graham🐝 Edwards 23/11/2016 · #3

I think "So, cry, because you'll cry, but remember that for someone, somewhere in the right company you'll be AWESOME !
And for the rest, they just lost something huge." can easily be transferred to many things. Thanks for the blog @Camille Mari!

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Camille Mari 23/11/2016 · #2

#1 Thank you @debasish majumder, it means a lot for me.

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debasish majumder 23/11/2016 · #1

great insight @Camille Mari! enjoyed read. you are enough adroit to translate your views and vision aptly. pretty good in English, more than people like us to comprehend your witty content. thank you for the share.

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