Just Some Thoughts on Job Searching in the 21st Century

I can’t help but think about how different it is looking for work these days…  How much different from when I would be looking for work back in the late 80’s and early-mid 90’s.

Back then a lot of the job-search was done via “hitting the streets” and handing out resumes at places where you, at all, thought you might want to work.  And filling out applications at places that required them.  I can’t say that the process took any less time back then (and maybe longer since there weren’t these online services where you can post your resume for all to see), but one big difference (in my mind) is that when you turned in a resume or application  you were pretty well assured that it would be seen by the powers that be.  Sure, there might be the occasional *sabotage* by someone who didn’t like you for whatever reason and your application/resume would  mysteriously find it’s way to the trash bin.  But that was a rare occurrence.  Now a days, with everything going through cyberspace, it seems a big question as to whether or not the application (or resume) that you “upload”  or “send in” is actually seen by an actual person.  The best is when you actually get feedback – “Thank You for your inquiry, but we cannot use you at this time….”  Hard pill to swallow, but at least you know you where you stand.

The only thing I can think of (advice to self and others, for what it’s worth) is to just keep posting and sharing resumes in as many “legit”  places as you can find;  And keep pumping out the applications 🙂  Most important —  DON’T GIVE UP!!

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One thought on “Just Some Thoughts on Job Searching in the 21st Century

  1. Yep, I remember the days of hitting the streets to look for work – literally! In the 80’s I didn’t have a car, (sometimes not even bus fare) so I had to walk all over town on a job hunt. It took all day, and was exhausting. But back then, I was able to actually speak with a manager,and get interviewed and hired the same day – in more than one place! It’s easier these days to apply for jobs online, but as you said – it’s questionable that your app will be seen by a real person. You’re right, though – all we can do is give it our best, and keep at it! 🙂

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