1. Bogus job fairs – Most job fairs don’t take resumes – they tell you to go home and visit their website (a waste of time, gas, and dry cleaning chemicals).
2. No feedback during the entire job submittal and interview process. This is standard operating procedure. HR people think they are being nice, but if they cared they would simply say why it isn’t a good match. Being ignored and forgotten is the greatest insult…just ask Hollywood.
3. Competition: Head hunters, and Job boards (Monster, Career Builder) that don’t indicate the number of applicants for a position. Some online job positions get 3,000 to 5,000 applicants (scratch off lottery tickets have better odds of success).
4. Locked front doors of local businesses – Ever try to “drop by” your resume to a “friendly local employer” and realize later that you were tracked by the company’s security SWAT team as persona non grata in the parking lot. These are the same companies that preach their community involvement. Just as long as it doesn’t involve actually talking to a neighbor who is out of work.
5. Super specific job requirements – That virtually no one can possibility have. Example: “Looking for a professional with 10 years social media experience”. Social media has only been around for 5 years.
6. – That virtually no one can possibility have. Example: “Looking for a professional with 10 years social media experience”. Social media has only been around for 5 years.
6. Job postings that don’t indicate compensation. How can anyone have a legitimate interest in any position when compensation is a “cat and mouse” game?
7. Credit checks and deep background investigations– Geez, we are not looking for a loan from our employer and most of my employers and bosses 5 to 10 years ago are out of business or unemployed too.
8. Gotcha interview questions designed to put you on the defensive. Like…”What is your biggest weakness”? My reply is to say I don’t fully understand the question and then ask if the interviewer to share their biggest weakness as an example. Then state the good news “that I don’t have severe weaknesses like you” and that the company should be relieved.
9. Resume “experts” and stupid job hunting tips. Tips and techniques on how to beg, grovel and accept abuse.
10. Job application and resume submittal portals that suck. Talleo job application websites mangle more resumes and waste more time than many jobs are worth.
11. Guilt: The suggestion that accepting unemployment insurance makes you a deadbeat. We all “paid into” the system for years… It’s like having your house burn to the ground and being shamed into not calling the insurance company.
Feedback and additions to the list are welcome…