and There’s a Pretty Good Chance Other Milennials Won’t Either
As a not-so distant college graduate, there came a time when I was filling out almost 50 job applications every couple of days! Needless to day, Indeed became my very best friend.
I would scour pages and pages of positions for hours, find a position I thought was fitting, and “click wherever” to apply. Well, in a lot of cases, I wouldn’t go past this point from a number a reasons.
1. Company culture is EXTREMELY important to me. What is the company saying about their brand? Are they passionate? Up beat? Innovative? If not, I sense impending boredom and i’m on to the next one.
2. The application process is TOOOOOOO LOOOOOOOOOONG! I upload a resume in the beginning then have to go through an entire application process to input the SAME information! It feels like a futile and archaic process that takes up A LOT of time, so yet again, I keep it trucking.
3. Now comes the Company Website! Do they have some sort of “Meet the Team” page? I like to see who I would be working with and whether or not any of them look like me. I like to see diversity, it makes for an immersion of cultures, ideas and creative perspectives.
4.PAY! A lot of companies exclude this and I understand, because pay is often based on education and experience. But, I need at LEAST a salary range! – That’s fair.
5. Back to the company site again, are they giving back? Is the company involved in the community? Do they push corporate responsibility? Are employees volunteering? If not? Red flag! I’m over you!
6. GLASSDOOR! Oh yes! This is my absolute FAVORITE measuring method, because I want to know WHAT THE EMPLOYEES ARE SAYING ABOUT THE COMPANY! Are they happy with the values? Is there work/life balance (Which isn’t of much importance to me now, but it may be later on down the line when I have kids and a family)? Are there growth opportunities? Hell, Are the employees even HAPPY?!
7. Glassdoor 2.0, What is the interview process like? Is it an exchange between two parties uncovering if the applicant is as much of a fit for the company as the company is for the applicant? Are the interviewers engaging? Do they interview twice, once on phone and in person or do they interview several times? What kind of questions do they ask?
8. Do I have to write a cover letter????? This is laziness more than anything and depends more on the job that i’m applying for. If it’s something that i’m passionate about, I will write my little heart out in a cover letter. If it’s a bleh, I just need a job i’ll take anything. To hell with it, I’m moving on.
9. As a social media obsessor and considering that it’s a huge part of what I do, I like to see the company engaging with its audience on social media. Are they re-tweeting? Replying? Mentioning? Are they commenting on customer concerns posted to their Facebook page? What’s the turn around time?
10. I’m not qualified enough. I’ll read through the entire ad thinking “I can do that”, “I can do that too!”, “Oh I got this!” then get to the bottom and they want 5 years of experience, 10 years of experience, 30 years of experience and I decide “Welp! Won’t waste my time with that! Now that i’m older, I think that I would actually apply to a position that required a certain number of years even if I didn’t have it. The only surefire way NOT to get a job? Is NOT to apply! But, it still is a deterrent.
11. It’s a strictly Sales Job disguised as Marketing, Advertising or Public Relations. That, my friends, is BEYOND irritating.
12. The job sounds boring. Granted, there will be instances at every job where it isn’t the most thrilling place to be, but sheer monotony would drive me absolutely bat “ish” crazy!