The job application process is a dehumanizing waste of time.
Indeed is a crock of shit
Date: June 17, 2018 08:03PM
Fuck the job application process. It's miserable and exploitative. Here are the steps:
APPLY FOR A JOB!
This part sucks. Monster.com, indeed.com, on-site listings. It's the same shit every time. Click on the job, then attach your resume. Then input ALL THE SAME INFORMATION again. Painstakingly. Takes 30-40 minutes to do 1 application. For a job you're not even likely to be called in for an interview. Inefficient and infuriating.
I've been to about 40-50 interviews throughout the last two years. It's remarkable how PAINFUL the entire process is. Let me ask you this: can you make a friend off of one conversation? No? Well how do you expect to get hired off of one conversation? And they always ask the most ridiculous questions: where do you see yourself in 5 years? What is your greatest strength? Tell me a moment where you demonstrated leadership qualities.
I live in silicon valley. The interviews here are fucking ridiculous: "calculate the average cost of owning a vacuum cleaner. Suppose a vacuuming company offered the ability to vacuum other people's houses for $5 a room. Is this economically viable?" And they don't even let me use a piece of paper. Jesus christ. Know what the job was? OFFICE ASSISTANT. Why the fuck are you asking me this? And they look so smug while you're mumbling and stumbling through your words trying to answer the most asinine of questions. We get it, you're good at math, I'm not. As if I didn't feel shitty already.
Here's the best part. You go home after the interview, and you think about what happened. You feel it's 50/50: maybe you got the job, maybe you didn't. It doesn't matter. You wonder if you should begin the process anew and start applying again. A day goes by, nothing in your inbox. Another day goes by, nothing in your inbox. 4 days become a week. A week becomes 2 weeks. FINALLY, an email is sent to you: "Unfortunately, we have decided to move onto other candidates that are more suitable for this position..."
Here's the reason why they don't answer you the following day: they don't want you as their first pick. They want another guy. But they don't know if their first pick wants them as much as they want him. So they'll try to seal the deal with him before moving onto the other people. Which is why you're sitting down on your chair staring at your inbox feeling hope drain day by day., all the while seeing everyone else somehow get jobs because daddy happens to have a friend who does x at x company.
And the saddest part of all? These jobs pay around 30k - 50k. That's barely enough for rent, food, electricity, insurance. They have us fighting like rats over a scrap of cheese for the right of making a livable wage. The jobs aren't fanciful either: you're either an excel monkey, a printer fixer, a receptionist. No wonder the liquor stores are packed with people trying to buy a powerball ticket. Even the daydream of winning is better than the reality.
You work your heart out to get anything out of this, but everyone around you treats you with pity and disgust. They think you're a bum leeching off of their generosity.
Fuck the job process.
UPDATE 1: Well, just got another rejection email (first one of the year! whoo!). But on the bright side, thank you for the gold, internet stranger. I wrote this post after driving 1.5 hours to a company site where they placed me in a windowless room for 5 hours to be interviewed by 7 different people. I swear I was so close I could taste the salary. Alas, that's life. Thanks for the advice and support, everyone. I live with my parents and can't afford getting out of SV (for now). Nothing more for all of us to do but to push against the wall with our worthless wretched selves until something gives or there's nothing more to push. Fuck them.