From the article: Top Reasons Job Seekers Hate Employers
What are the top reasons job seekers hate employers? Add the reason you don't like employers and/or hiring managers to the list and read what other job seekers hate about employers. Share Your Reason
Why did I get a degree?
- It seems like 90% of job postings require at least 3 years experience in the field. How is any recent college graduate going to have 3 years experience? Most of us spent the last few years going to school full time & taking any job that paid our expenses. We couldn't get a job in the field because we didn't have a degree. Yet now that we do have a degree we still can't get the job because we don't have the experience. How can we get experience if no one will hire inexperienced people? The problem is that all these companies have outsourced or mechanized their low level jobs. These used to be jobs people entered the company through and used as a stepping stone to be promoted. But now they don't exist. There are no jobs to learn from anymore. My generation is screwed. The only jobs available to us are ones that shouldn't even require a degree -- fast food, retail, etc. So what was the point of getting a degree if there are no entry level jobs for degree holders? Where do we start?
- —Guest Guest
Experience Requirement for Any Position
- Nowadays almost everything requires prior experience. They may say it's not required but preferred. That just means you only have a chance if you're the most experienced person that applies. Even for basic jobs that anyone can efficiently learn in a few days. Employers are just unwilling to "waste time and money to train you". They want people who already know what tasks to do and how to do the them. How is anyone suppose to learn the tasks and gain experience, if no one will hire them for lack there of? I have come across retail, cleaning, and more job postings that say "6 months prior experience required". I can understand engineering, medical, scientific, etc. jobs requiring prior experience. You gain that experience through classes, apprenticeships, and internships. I know that volunteering can count towards work experience, but that's limited and does not pay the bills in the meantime. Just give me a job, let me learn how to do what you ask, and watch me outperform others.
- —Guest Joey Chapa
No Calls Back and Stupid Questions
- I was recently called by a corporate recruiter for a position that they needed to fill ASAP. Take note, they called ME. The recruiter built me up, talking about my wonderful experience, how wonderful the job was, the corporate culture was the bees knees, and how she thought I'd be a perfect fit. Then, the recruiter proceeded to ask, in an accusatory way, why I was job hunting. You called me DUMMY. Despite the dumb question, I was intrigued by the job and proceeded through 2 different hour long phone interviews. The hiring manager said he really liked me and wanted to move forward... Interesting, considering I haven't gotten a call back or a return call since. Just tell me if you aren't interested. Stop playing games with people's lives stop making false promises, and stop wasting my time!
- —Guest Guest
- This is what happens when there are so many people competing for so few job opportunities. HR can't keep up and HR is also greedy for that perfect candidate somewhere in the pool of applicants. There is no hope that you are the perfect candidate so just go get disability and food stamps.
- —Guest hopeless
Gaps in My resume...
- I've been a stay at home mom for almost 2 years. I had to leave my last job because of complications with my pregnancy. My baby gorl was born with defects that needed surgical corrections (3 separate surgeries) ,which took months. But I can't put that on my resume, all the see is the gap. I can't get a job because I'm a good mother. Now I can't support my children.
- —Guest Sad and Jobless
Potential Employers Have Upper Hand
- I hate that often they do not show you the courtesy of letting you know if you are still being considered. I hate that they often do not take the time to read your resume before hand. I feel mistreated by the whole process at times.
- —Guest Toms River
Lazy Employers & Their Double Standards
- Employers expect you to have all this experience beforehand, and if you are just out of high school or post-secondary, you don't exactly have decades of experience. They complain that their applicants don't have the skills for their jobs, but refuse to train them. Again making it next to impossible for younger applicants to find work. Employers should accept that nobody has these skills right away, that's why people go to school. So instead of blaming young applicants for not being skilled and experienced enough, employers should make the minimal effort to train them. Make people WANT to work for you!
- —Guest Nosredarb
- You spend hours answering the dumbest questions. You do all their assessments. You feel like you have sold your soul. You email to say thank you for their time(!). You do everything the interview coaches say and mostly you never hear back.
- —Guest Maggie
- Is anyone else getting fed up with the length of time employers make the recruitment process last? For example today I received a job application pack from a local company regarding an admin vacancy. The closing date is on February 15th. The interview date is on AUGUST 27th! Do HR Managers seriously think jobseekers are going to wait that long?
- —Guest Pete
Employers Treat Job Seekers Badly
- 1. Employers wants the prospective employee to know each and every thing. He should have many qualifications and much experience but employers does not want to pay handsome salary. 2. Employers waste employee's time, money etc for interviews. 3. Employers tend to hire workers on contract etc so they can exploit employees as they like. 4. Employers increase working hours and have bad working conditions. 5. Employers ask irrerelevant and silly questions during interviews.
- —Guest Ratnesh
Read the Damn Resume!
- 1. They don't read resumes before interviews. I had an interview and within minutes we realized I had no experience. 2. I've had to point out info on my resume - eg. that I have a law degree. 3. Answering over and over again when they ask if I'm overqualifed...
Older White Male
- I also did not mention being shouted at, and nothing was done to a person who had a firearm in trunk. "Don't call here, we'll call you, you don't fit in." They tried to refuse unemployment, cussed, and prevented me from getting another job in the company. I was a whistleblower and was not listened to, then a person tried to come after me. Filed EEO, but the union did not support me.
- —Guest Terr-e
Ask a Dumb Question
- Why is it that HR departments / recruiters think you are not interested in a job that you have applied for? The first conversation you have is one of explaining your rationale in applying for the job. I applied for the job because: I need a job, I want a job, I want a different sort of job, the job sounded interesting, these are all common sense that dont require explanation. Then you have to defend your previous experience, am I overqualified, maybe, but how is that a bad thing, is this job a step outside the norm for me, possibly, but if my skills and experience are suitable, so what? Employers seem worried that once you are hired, if a better job comes along you will leave, firstly, of course that will happen, who doesnt want better conditions if available? Secondly a good employer will encourage employee retention by.... being a good employer. I often wonder if hiring managers know how badly a poor screening process is reflecting on their company.
- —Guest frustrated
Unemployment Extension (EUC)
- I got laid off from my $50,000 a year job in March 2012, and have been collecting unemployment compensation since then, which is about half my annual income, you do the math. Well, I'm almost 62, and I can't find a full time comparable job. Who wants to hire a 62 yr. old anyway? My unemployemt benefits are about to run out on Dec 29 because the government has not extended benefits with 9 days to go. Looks like they are not looking out for the millions of unemployed workers who will loose their UC benefit checks. Should I be optimistic?
Hiring Managers Have No Clue
- I interviewed with a firm in Kansas -- job post had several (about 27) bullet points listed as requirements for job. During interview I mentioned each one as best I could and how talked up how I exceeded expectations. On a couple of items they told me, "That's got nothing to do with the job...we don't need someone that knows that...why would you think that's what we are looking for?" Makes you wonder who writes the job posts. It's obvious nobody reads them prior to posting them. In short, management is clueless as to what they want, and just as clueless about what they are asking for. PS - Yes I got rejected and guess what? I don't think they hired anybody in the end. Just a fishing expedition, maybe to keep HR busy and employed.
- —Guest Been There Done That
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