How is one supposed to search for a job?
Job hunting is certainly a weird skill. It’s one that’s never really taught outside a specifically-structured course or seminar. Most of the time, things are going well and you don’t need it. In fact, most people actively hope they won’t need it. As such, it’s not uncommon to not really keep up or practice. So when we do need it, whatever competence we had in it is atrophied beyond recognition.
This means that a lot of people are floundering, directionless, when it comes to looking for a job. A common response at this point is to go back to the basics: trial and error. Try something, see if it works. If it does: great! You did something right (or got wicked lucky)! If it doesn’t: too bad. Change something and try again.
But what do you change? Far too often there is a complete lack of feedback about why you did or didn’t get a job. For all you know, you could be making the same mistake over and over with multiple applications and have absolutely no idea why you aren’t getting callbacks. Are you underqualified? Are you overqualified (don’t get me started on that gem)? Did you forget to put your phone number on your resume? Was the hiring person offended by your choice of font and/or color (or lack thereof) in your cover letter? Did they see a picture of you, ended up being reminded about an ex-lover, and squashed you without a second thought? You have no idea.
So you keep searching, hoping you’re doing something right. But seeing as you haven’t gotten any bites, mustn’t you be doing something wrong? It can’t just be random chance, right?
But what if it is random chance? What if it’s the same for getting a job as not getting one? Are you just as well off continuing your current approach, hoping that by sheer coincidence the perfect storm of factors will align to work in your favor? Should you start sacrificing squirrels to Eris?
These are thoughts that have been going through my mind lately. At this point I’m feeling at a lost regarding how to get out of my current job situation. I know it involves applying to other jobs, but the lack of feedback of any sort is extremely discouraging. Am I doing well? Am I failing? Who knows! I might as well be laying out my resumes on a craps table in Las Vegas.
And no, I haven’t heard back from any of the recent applications I sent out.