A few weeks ago when I was taking my first cautious steps into the world of CV’s, covering letters and LinkedIn, I read an article on the website of the BBC about the cliché’s jobhunters tend to use in their attempts to convince a future employer of their abillities. While reading the article a sense of shame and embarrassment came over me. The examples of CV-cliché’s that the recruitment agency director cited in the article gave, appeared to be direct quotations from my own hastily written covering letters.
- Can work independently as well as part of a team?
- Excellent communicator?
- All of the above!
Guilty, guilty, guilty. Apparently I wasn’t thinking very creatively (creative, another overused job hunting cliché) while trying to sell myself, so I decided to take a different approach. Taking the recruitment lady’s advice I now try to give specific examples of some of my ‘greatest’ achievements in stead of just throwing empty clichés around. The new approach hasn’t been succesful so far, the only companies that have been keen on hiring me were fifty shades of shady (the “you’ll work on commission but that just means you’ll be able to make more money” sort of thing), but after a full week of unemployment I’m not going to give up quite yet.
Although this song has been playing in my head quite a bit (but I tend to feel sorry for myself too quickly):
Numerous job applications later I can ascertain that it’s not only job applicants who lack inspiration, recruiters are often also guilty of the cliché or two (or 6 or 7). Let me give you some examples: a problem solving mentality (what does that even mean?!), a can do attitude, the ability to prioritise workload or my favourite: a passion for retail. Honestly does anyone in the world have a passion for retail? Yes, I’m sure one can enjoy working in retail, I don’t mind it either, but to expect someone to be passionate about it seems a bit much if you ask me.
Whilst I’m at it, another frustration of mine (and I’m sure I’m not alone in this) is the fact that 99 procent of recruiters don’t take two minutes to send you an e-mail to tell you when your application has been unsuccesful. And yes it does only take a minute or two because when they do take the effort to reply to your application letter it’s usually with an automatic two line answer.
Forgive me for my ramblings. What are the most frustrating things you have experienced/are experiencing while looking for a job? Let me know, maybe we can commiserate!
a hard-working, motivated People-Person