Foolish Thoughts #17: Job Search Observations
Updated: Nov 14, 2019
Although I am pushing my consulting business, I do a review of new jobs posted on Linkedin and other websites each day. Why? Sometimes part-time work is posted and other times, you come across a very interesting job and think it may be a really good fit.
Here are some observations from searching Linkedin, for training/learning positions, in Delaware, Maryland and DC, over the last two months.
There are a large number of training/learning jobs. In Delaware, most of the training jobs are located in the Newark, Wilmington and New Castle areas (the northern part of the state)
Some jobs for training are simply jobs in which they will provide training, such as in the retail or sales area.
Some job descriptions want the applicant to do everything, including making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Okay, I made up the PBJ sandwiches, but some want you to do everything under the sun.
You can easily tell, when the job description has been written by someone, who knows little about the job or has simply been told what to put in it.
Job postings for the same job may be different, depending upon where they are posted. For example, one job stated 75% travel on Linkedin, while on another website, it was listed as 35%. A big difference. I asked which was correct, and no reply.
Organizations no longer want you to submit just a resume and a cover letter. All organizations want you to complete an on-line form, as well as, submit a cover letter and resume. And, each organization’s on-line form is slightly different.
Don’t expect a response, or even a “Thank you for applying.” Given that you are applying, via an online form, a simple “Thank You” email can easily be built into the system.
If you are asked to provide additional information, and you spend a few hours to provide it, don’t expect a response. Some have called this trend “ghosting,” and see this an increasing trend. It happened to me recently.
Do you agree, disagree, or have other thoughts?