Finding a Job in 2020
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If you’ve been searching for a job for any serious amount of time, then you understand how difficult it can be to find a job in 2020. You might even wonder if you’re perhaps not as employable as you thought you were. Believe us when we tell you: you’re not alone. Millions of other job-seekers are experiencing those same frustrations.


Sadly, many job-seekers expect that finding a job in 2020 will likely be just as difficult. Once you understand why jobs are so hard to find right now, you can take steps to improve your odds of success.

Why is it so hard to find a job?

It can be frustrating to look at job boards and see all those open positions, especially when your resume is being ignored. And it’s hard to ignore all those ‘Help Wanted’ signs you see whenever you’re driving through any town’s business district. After all, if there are that many companies in need of employees, why can’t you land those interviews you need? How is it that your resume is being passed over time after time?

First, recognize one thing: many companies have no intention of filling all those positions. Many promote from within.

Others simply solicit resumes on a regular basis to build up a reservoir of potential candidates they can turn to when positions do come open.

As a result, the job market may not be as wide-open as it appears at first glance. In short, don’t assume that your job search is any more difficult than any other job-seeker. The fact is that you’re all competing for a finite pool of available jobs.

Why many candidates can’t find a job

Why is getting a job so hard


As you see from the graphic above: a typical job opening receives nearly 250 resumes. Out of those candidates, 4 to 6 will be called for an interview. Only one person will be given an offer.

Here are some other reasons why it’s so difficult to find a job.

1. Companies are overly selective

Hard to find a job because companies are selective

It’s also important to recognize that the job market has changed. Decades ago, employers would hire candidates with the intention of employing them for life. They viewed those hires as long-term investments. That meant that they could take a chance on a new hire, train that person, and get a return on their investment over time.

These days, that dynamic has changed dramatically. Most employees move from job to job throughout their careers. Companies are no longer as loyal to their employees as they once were. Because of that changed relationship, employers need to get an immediate return from their hiring investment.

That’s led them to become ever more selective about who they hire. They need to know that you can provide immediate value to the firm.

2. Enter the Applicant Tracking Systems

Resume Trends - Make sure you write your resume for ATS systems

For many workers, the ATS may be a real obstacle to finding a job in 2020. These Applicant Tracking Systems are used to screen resumes based on keyword usage. Yes, it is a questionable way for humans to hire other humans–but it’s also an unfortunate reality.


Check ATS compatibility


Job seekers who are not sufficiently aware of how an ATS screens a resume may find it difficult to overcome that obstacle. Later in this piece, we’ll offer some ATS-related advice that can help you with this challenge!

3. A reliance on outdated resumes

Stop using outdated resumes

For many struggling job seekers, the problem is as simple as their resumes. Employers are looking for resumes that stand out from the crowd, so those old, outdated resumes are not the best option these days.

When it comes to finding a job in 2020, successful candidates will have resumes that effectively showcase their value as employees. Unfortunately, many of today’s job-seekers have no idea how to craft that type of resume!

For example, does your resume still rely on the objective statement to capture a hiring manager’s attention? If so, that could be a major mistake. Objective statements focus on what you want from your career, rather than how you can meet the employer’s needs.

Think about that for a second. If you were in that employer’s shoes, would that approach appeal to you? Chances are that you’d want to hear more about how that candidate can add value to your team, right?

Finding a job in 2020: How to improve your odds

Struggling to find a job? Here are some great tips to improve your job search strategy.

The good news is that finding a job in 2020 doesn’t have to be an excruciating experience. There are, in fact, many things that you can do to improve your odds of success. Most of them are focused on just a few key areas of concern, though:

1. Focus on your resume!

There’s no way around it: if you want to maximize your odds, you need a stellar resume. Sure, there was a time when resumes were all but a formality, but they carry a lot of weight these days. If your resume is mediocre at best, good luck finding a job in 2020.

Your application is likely to be passed over time and again for other candidates with better resumes–even if you’re just as qualified.

You can get a head start on improving your resume by checking out this post: Improve Your Resume: 7 Tips to Land More Interviews.

2. Use keywords wisely

Remember those ATS screeners we mentioned earlier? Do yourself a favor and learn how to use keywords in your resume.

That will help to ensure that yours gets past the machine and onto the desk of a real human. The third tip in the linked article explains more about this important subject.

3. Apply for the right jobs

Are you applying for the right positions? Too often, job candidates fail to choose positions that best match their skill sets. Other times, they fail to properly showcase the right skills in their resumes. Remember, most hiring managers only spend a few minutes on an initial examination of your resume.

If it doesn’t catch their eye in that time, it gets tossed aside. Make sure that your most relevant skills are the ones required for the position – and highlight them in your summary statement.

4. Network, network, network!

Don’t forget about your network. You’ve spent years building a network of associates and contacts in your industry. Leverage those relationships to get your foot in the door. Ask them for referrals. Proactively request news about new job openings that match your qualifications.

In other words, don’t just wait for a job to appear – use every tool available to you to land that interview you need.



Finding a job in 2020 doesn’t have to be an excruciating experience–seriously! While the job search experience is seldom easy, finding a job in 2020 doesn’t need to be a painful ordeal. The key is to recognize the challenges that you face, and take proactive steps to counter those obstacles.

With the right resume and strategy, you can find that job you deserve – and do it without much of the frustration you’d otherwise experience.


  1. Bob Jobseeker says:

    Because America is an overrated, delusional, empire in decline run by an ever more powerful corporate dictatorship?

    • The Truth Sets You Free says:

      It will not get any better with time either! Many of these so called jobs don’t even exist and the ones that do pay horribly while either working you to death or keeping you trapped in downwards mobility, so you incur poverty and poor health at some point! The educational system is for-profit guarantees no job but tons of debt to the poor, hopefully masses. It’s been in decline for 4 decades at least with no hope of betterment!

      • Pamela says:

        That’s been basically my entire life-span. 4 decades.
        I’m starting to think it’s time to lay down and die.
        I’m starting to think it’s time for me to start the repatriation process back to the UK so at least I can have healthcare for WHEN I die unemployed. They’re now requiring 3 months back in the UK BEFORE I can qualify for “jobseekers.” Yeah, I’ll starve to death by then.

      • G says:

        250 applicants per job posting! What works are you living in? It’s well over 1000 people per job here in Las Vegas. Let’s face it. The media is lying to all of us. So many people out of work. This country is disgusting with its greed.

        • Tiffany L says:

          I also feel like the media is lying when we’re told there’s a lot of jobs. If there’s so many jobs then why are so many people looking and why are people getting laid off?

          • Tony Bolognee says:

            Yeah, Trump is full of it. He says the economy is hot. The economy is only hot if you plan on working in the kitchen and fry hamburgers and french fries for the fast food industry.

          • Mr E Man says:


            I’m sure you’re aware that Trump lies about everything. The economy was decent when he came in, due to Obama.

            I’ve seen the job listings drop by at least 75% since then. I think the hot economy he’s talking about is located in his favorite country, Russia.

    • Anonymous says:

      Imagine when automaton and artificial intelligence take over every industry. It will be the end of society, there will be simply no substitution for jobs for the majority of people. The rich will get richer and poor will struggle beyond their imagination. Majority of jobs will be in those tech fields which will put a lot more pressure on people to have those skill sets which generally requires a bit more intelligence. There’s this heavy push for automaton and AI which will happen in the very soon future. If it’s not bad as it is now, I see it getting worse which will affect a even broader pool of people. If employer’s weren’t cutthroat as it is, their not going to get any better, they will hold all the chip’s they will dictate lower pay even more. Capitalism is beginning to show it’s true colors. As society progresses it takes on a more corporate identity just like in the movies, individuals no longer matter, and corporations control the world.

      • Jason says:

        There will be revolution and hopefully we will do what we almost did in the post depression 40s and OVERTHROW capitalism

        • nicole says:

          Right. Only problem is that the capitalists have much more money than God, and own the police, the courts, the press, and congress, and you will be arrested and forgotten about.

          • Marcus Sandberg says:

            Yes we will come to that point when we see corporation dictatorship, were near already just look now Facebook its even getting its own currency, soon they will be able to build their own laws

          • Ethan says:

            capitalist have much more money than God? Dear Lord, lady! what kind of God are you worshipping?

    • Marcus Sandberg says:

      Yes really true. We are getting closer and closer to Corporate & Economists dictatorships where they can make up their own laws. This is also why companies are so ineffecient because they dont have to be efficient and thats why they can spend billions on flipping around papers,looking at applications like they did in the 60 s. If companies were efficient that HR crap would be the firsts to go because you dont search a job as an author no you look for jobs you think you could manage. And because of corporation inefficiency people are still searching jobs as if they were looking for jobs as authors trying to get their first book out on the market, totally outdated yes (Resume,Cover Letter & References).

    • Ed says:

      Our President is doing a fantastic job getting the economy on the right track.
      Employment is better than ever.

    • AB says:

      Precisely. All these online advice pieces do NOT give helpful advice. They regurgitate what’s already been said elsewhere. Excuses and more excuses. The simple fact is that there are FAR more perfectly qualified candidates applying for available jobs. So, like a seller’s market in real estate, employers can sit back and wait for the purple unicorn. And then the online experts spin things as if it’s job seekers who’re at fault. Our resumes. Our lack of networking. Our poor interview skills.

      My favorite is when they write articles on the skills mismatch as the reason employers can’t find workers. Riiiight. But the university scholars who study the phenomenon find there are plenty of skilled workers. The problem lies chiefly with employers–the pay they offer, the responsibilities they list for jobs, their application system, their interviewing techniques, rampant age discrimination…

      The result of all this under- and unemployment will be increased crime, low participation in the economy, greater pressure on social services, and worse “retirement” states for long term unemployed seniors.

  2. Chris says:

    Companies are too selective – is an understatement……

  3. greg says:

    job hunting makes me suicidal and it shouldn’t be like that

    • Lauren says:

      I can empathize. I have been feeling suicidal, too. This is unprofessional and crazy. Ever since this political back and Forth battle, America has gone insane.

    • abby says:

      I’ve been feeling this way for so long and it’s only gotten worse since I’ve graduated three weeks ago.

      • Shirley Page says:

        I thought by me going back to school to get a BS degree in Accounting would help me get a job in the accounting field quicker. Now I feel more stressed and anxious everyday. This is affecting my health a great deal. Please provide any advice you can offer.

        • Nicole says:

          Hi Shirley, depends on whether you already have a degree, if so, work on a Masters instead. If no degree so far: are you really into accounting? If so, a BS in accounting not a bad idea at all. Even after some accounting coursework you should be able to get an entry level job and move up as you get experience and coursework. You don’t say whether you have ANY accounting experience which make it hard to give a precise answer. If you are not really into Accting, but just think it will make a good career, do NOT get that degree. You will hate it with a passion. Maybe get a Business degree or an MBA which will entail accounting classes but also a wider gamut of business and management courses (as long as you’re good enough at math to handle statistics, financials, etc.) Good Luck!

          • Marcus Sandberg says:

            Why should it bother anyway if Shirley has the knowledge, get rid of HR and then we will see a lot more people get jobs. I really dont see their contribution for society except for being Corporation “Yes-sayers” they really contribute with nothing.

    • JS says:

      Since I was laid off in 2008 I have applied for literally 1000 jobs and never been hired. I went back to school to finish my 4 year degree and graduated with a 3.9 average and it didn’t encourage anyone to hire me. Now my wife has been laid off too. People say my problem is I have a degree in the humanities – well she has a graduate degree in software engineering and she isn’t getting hired either. We both have decades of work experience with no black marks and good credit. We’re going to lose our house!

      • DG says:

        Hi there,

        I am going through the same thing as i was laid off too since April. I have been on job interviews and I am very polished and do not got nervous on interviews.

        I suggest moving out of your house and renting it and finding a cheap place to rent or move in with family if that is an option. This is what I am doing and it is painful at 47 years old with a great career. I am in Illinois and the job market is tight here.

        Hope you the best of luck.

      • Marcus Sandberg says:

        The sad truth is also that the politicians play the corporations in their hands when they nag and nag about “education” the companies want this also because it makes them look more advanced to have a lot of office workers so they fire the production workers just so they can employ more at the office. At the same time the education inflation is a fact and therefore some people will have jobs where they should have learned the knowledge for the work in elementary and many people will be unemployed even though they have a degree just because corporation also requires experience just so they look better. In fact the politicians nagging and nagging about education is contraproductive and only increases the amount of unemployed people.

  4. Anonymous says:

    IT is a painful ordeal you have to either have experience n if you just came out of high school can be difficult

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is one reason suicide is on the rise. No hope unless you know people.

    • anonymous says:

      Is this a real post? There is hope, you just have to be persistent, something that should have been learned in college. What is important enough to you to fight for?
      Do what people have been doing forever: Take whatever job (called a stop-loss job) to pay rent and whatever, and keep looking for your ideal job, or take classes at night. Meanwhile, at least you are employed, getting experience, and making contacts. Find things to do that don’t cost a lot: hiking (clue: hiking is just a fancy name for walking), swimming, movies, socializing, writing, whatever. If you are waiting for a job to make you happy, it won’t. Don’t talk about suicide because you don’t know the right people. Talk to people and ask them how they got their job. Yeah not just one person. Yes people born rich have it easier. But whining won’t change that.

      • Mina says:

        So is life supposed to be all about who you know and what they can do for you? No wonder we have a narcissism epidemic!

      • JS says:

        Those jobs won’t pay the bills of real adults. What happens when you are older, build a life, then they lay you off and take it all away and no one will hire you anymore because you are middle aged?

      • Kat says:

        Persistent? I have been persistant for almost 3 years and the only interview requests I have gotten were scams. Every job I have had was through people I know. I had a 3.98 GPA in 2010 and a ton of cool skills, and yet I have to go back to working as a waitress, or try Trader Joes, or maybe Burger King, where I worked at in highscjool. I am 40!

        • Bankie says:

          “yet I have to go back to working as a waitress, or try Trader Joes, or maybe Burger King, where I worked at in highscjool.”

          This is a problem of perception.

          In Japan you see middle aged people working alongside high schoolers at McDonald’s and everyone’s uniform is pressed and clean, their customer service is awesome.

          Americans think vertically: “‘Flippin’ burgers’ is beneath being a doctor.” People in other parts of the world see employment as a spectrum – “There are any number of things I can do with myself… flip burgers, go to med school, etc.”

          I’m going to attempt to flip some burgers after having been out of the job market for ten years and IDGAF. I’ll be starting all over again and I look forward to making new friends (especially at my age!)

          There will be opportunities to get into all manner of things down the road- some which may even take me to new lands! I’m excited about that. …Not the search for a burger joint but you know.

          • AB says:

            Having worked and lived in both Shanghai and Tokyo, I don’t agree. In Japan, one of the reasons so many “Salary (Wo)Men” are chronically exhausted and commit suicide is that they perceive the jobs you’re describing here as acceptable there as indicative of failure. The Japanese do not perceive working in low-pay retail as mere honorable employment.

            Moreover, Japan has a more robust social welfare system than the US. Whatever one may think about that politically, low wage earners in Japan are in a less precarious position than their US counterparts.

  6. Undisclosed says:

    Its easier to get a job right out high school because employers dont want to pay for experience. They would rather hav quantity over quality.

  7. 1/19/19 says:

    Honestly from my experience It was hard for me to get a job after high school I had no experience. I would get called to some interviews or none and still wouldn’t get hired. l got a seasonal job and now that I have experience in retail I have been putting my resume out there and still nothing. It is either me who really bad luck or it is super hard to get a job in this society. I am in need of trying to get a job and nothing comes up for me even with a resume and experience.

    • Anonymous says:

      In retail, you need to walk in, dressed nicely and with a smile, and ask for the Mgr. or Assistant Mgr., and hand them your resume. They will say you have to apply to apply online to make corporate happy. Say you just did (or will go home and do that) but you were in the area or you like to shop there so you thought you’d stop by. You have at minimum a 70% chance that they will talk to you for a bit (impromptu interview) and now you are no longer a resume in the black hole of the universe. You are a nicely dressed, well mannered, well spoken, self-motivated person who just got a brief interview. Got it? By the way, don’t go in on the weekend when they are crazy busy, or on Monday when managers take off.

  8. Steve says:

    Actually this isnt completely true, it isnt just resumes , its online asessments thats the problem as well, the online assesments dont work.

    • John says:

      I’ve got a business degree and 10+years of good experience in my field. I quit my job and moved in with my GF in a different state. I can’t even get a damn interview now. It’s pointless to apply for any position you are not overly qualified for I have found. Because, all it takes are a few people to have an over qualified resume to apply for a job you like and you will be weeded out with the search engines they were talking about. You can only get a job 3 ways now. 1) Know somebody to hook you up. 2) get very lucky 3) apply for a lower paying job you are way too qualified for and try to work your way up.

  9. Undisclosed says:

    Thanks for this valuable information. I worked hard to get my BS in Business Administration. There’s a saying” you got the pilot license, now these employers want you to have the plane”.

    • Mary says:

      I graduated in 2013 with the same degree and most employers don’t want people with degrees. Another problem is “cultural fit.” Behavioral interviews are making it more difficult.

      • savannah says:

        using the STAR behavioral interview is STUPID but not hard to manage. Try to make up your stories to showcase what you did that outshines the other guy. If you go to any interview prepared to show VALUE with confidence and enthusiasm you will ace it. Practice on polishing up your game and it will happen. It isn’t about your skills as much as your ATTITUDE, teachability and providing value

  10. Ginny says:

    As an employer looking to hire good people, the number one issue I’m having is that majority of the applicants (like 60+%) just do not know how or even care to follow basic instructions when completing the application or following a few easy steps to do the interview. They have typos all in their email replies, cover letters and resumes. You can easily get someone to check this stuff before you apply. We even see people too lazy to change the job title or company name of a competitor when they apply to our agency. If you’re not going to pay attention to detail or follow basic instructions to get the job, then you’re sure not going to follow them when you get the job and get comfortable

    • Jean Kent says:

      As a former employer I agree. This is why I check everything in the job description along with resume and cover to make sure it matches. The most irritating experience I’ve had to date was going in person to a listed job as requested in the listing and being told that the position is not at that location after all and the hours are now pt. Am I qualified to do these jobs? Yes. And more times then not I can excel in that position. Many jobs are cleverly disguised as customer service when they are straight commission sifales. The turn over I see for companies listing the same position is frustrating. Wrong hires or false advertising? Sometimes it’s not the seeker..been unemployed for a short time considering- 2 months – and the bs staggering. Would have never put people through that process, very direct with my word. Leads me to wonder how these companies treat their customers

      • savannah says:

        commission places SUCK and turnover is huge because if it was easy they wouldn’t be putting it ALL on the employee. You take all the risk and if you do manage a sale, they reap ALL the benefit. What I don’t get is why so many employers are so ANTAGONISTIC to their potential applicant. That is something I haven’t encountered before. Going to interviews READY to interview and you have these inept gatekeepers that are so RUDE.

    • Dominique says:

      Why should we be eliminated because if a few typos in a cover letter? Do you know how many jobs people apply for in a day? The article just said that 250 resumes against 1 position. So where are people supposed to find the patience to perfect one resume and cover letter ? And these people that actually take the time to read over 10 cover letters a day do they even exist? Understand that it’s a numbers game. Nothing personal against your company. It’s hiring manager like yourself that’s pushing good resumes out of the door!

      • Ray says:

        Amen to that! You gotta love the excuses you are dealt -if you even get THAT far!

      • Andy says:

        I just love you foe this reply.

      • Kent Omega says:

        The majority of hiring managers are lazy, no talent , fat slobs who got their job because family/friends or some connection. They enjoy making candidates suffer. The typical piece of garbage hiring manager is glad to interview because they are so lazy. When someone is unemployed and applying for jobs: anxiety, depression and extreme stress is always at hand. Applying for jobs is not writing a thesis for a PHD. Remember, these fat slob hiring managers do not care about you. Always, always see them as useless trash and treat your job like a prostitute. Its not like our parents generation. Whether its private or public sector, work is a warzone and its either kill or be killed metaphorically.

    • Jen says:

      I can understand what you’re saying about the typos. But overall you employers are crazy; cruel; have unrealistic expectations; lack empathy; making a lot of us losing cell phones, internet, and/homes; miserable; and/or suicidal all because you want the PERFECT candidate and why is that? Because you people don’t want to train anymore! A professional and sane business should train their new employees because that way employees will be on the same page and the office and company will run efficiently. As a customer, I just can’t stand how workers don’t do their jobs and make so many mistakes. And it is because they weren’t trained either! Look at how not training your employees affects your customer service which results in losing business a.k.a. money.

      We are all suffering because you people are too lazy to train us if we do not meet the EXACT qualifications and keep your business running smoothly! This is not dating where we are all look for the perfect match as a partner! It’s a job. And stop being so damn paranoid about any flaw – you people are acting like narcissists and psychopaths and probably are! Jobseekers should learn how to interview with these types of people. Maybe that will do it!

      • Trisha says:

        Agreed. The same happened to me. I just finally gave up

        • savannah says:

          I got out of a job that started in training with 20 people when we got to doing the job it wasn’t at ALL like what we were TOLD in training and there was NO help at all. Only 2 of us lasted. It was all about bullying and inferior software, the computers literally CRASHED all day long and you spent most of your time rebooting. The management BLAMED employees, which was ludicrous. It was their INFERIOR server that couldn’t handle it. Then team meetings they would HUMILIATE people. Managers didn’t even KNOW the software. I quit after being BLAMED for something I didn’t do. I wasn’t going to be cussed out anymore by an inferior. Yes, my mgr was an UNEDUCATED, SMELLY, FOUL MOUTHED, KISS ASS, MAGGOT, who thought she could treat others like trash. I quietly collected my things, and LEFT. I did my job. I am not sad I left, because when word traveled I left, others followed. I ran into a snr mgr at the store he asked why I quit. I said GOGGLE the 10 reasons why good employees LEAVE. Maybe you will figure it out or learn something. Isn’t that what management does? After all I was just a seat filler to you. I can’t know such complex info, or at least that was what your lil darling kiss ass mgr use to get in our faces and say to us. One of those GREAT moments in life.

    • Claire says:

      Of course as an employer you’ll run into a lot of unqualified candidates or ones that haven’t taken the time to improve resumes or correct misspellings.

      But gave you ever wondered why? My resume is updated, cover letters briefly and succinctly explain my qualifications and I guarantee no misspellings, but because I’m not the unicorn candidate I’m rejected

      I’m a lawyer transitioning in my career and although I have legal experience, because I didn’t work for a top law firm, (which about 80% want) I’m somehow not a fit. Mainly because short sided hiring managers don’t see that people who worked for small firms have just as much experience if not more.

      Also, although I only have about 3 years of experience in this field of law, I even returned to school to gain a masters in that field to prove I was serious and passionate not to mention well versed but I still get thanks but no thanks

      Believing that I was missing something I had a friend whose worked in the industry for some time review my resume and she couldn’t understand it either but chalked it up to employers being lazy because I was qualified but needed some training and learning curve and most don’t want to do that which is unrealistic.

      Also have been ghosted by interviewers and recruiters. One person had me spend time out of my day to do an written assessment and didn’t even call me back despite multiple attempts on my part to follow up. Again, thinking it was me I had a law professor friend read over my writing and he said that it was perfect.

      So while it is true that candidates can be challenging. I believe it’s the employer who has become more rude and unprofessional 1) because looking for candidates can be overwhelming leaving the efforts to remain professional impossible

      2) with an unstable job market geared more towards unskilled labor jobs professionals find ourselves in a pool of job seekers whom are treated as insignificant by arrogant employers believing that their time, and efforts are more valuable than candidates.

      It’s eye opening to someone whose spent almost 15 years out of the job market and a stark contrast to how things used to be when i was a younger attorney just out of law school years ago.

      People have gotten ruder and lazier and unfortunately, hiring managers are now no different

      • Ray says:

        Wow, that’s exactly how I feel. 100% agree it’s laziness on their behalf and just a pool of endless excuses!

        I had a personal friend/roommate who is a vet and when he got out of the navy, went back to college, worked very hard to pursue his masters in law and ran into the same thing. No firm would hire him. Needless to say he finally gave up and had to get a job at Wal-Mart just to help his wife pay some of the bills. He felt like a failure.

        It’s really sad how much talent is being thrown away through laziness and automated systems.

        • savannah says:

          Well said. I had a gal taking selfies my whole interview and asked me the same question over and over, she wasn’t even LISTENING. It is really FRIGHTENING how these MORONS are the gatekeepers in some of these places.
          Have you been “parsed” out of an opportunity. Some places use that tool. It somehow got the idea that I needed sponsorship for a job. When I got a HR name and asked why they rejected my resume for this. HR said well the system captured this incorrectly. I was BORN and RAISED on this soil. I can’t FIGHT a system that prefills info on applications and undo fields it prefills that I don’t SEE. I said could you please UNDO this and resubmit so I have an opportunity. Her response was NO. If it is captured in the system we don’t have ACCESS to change it. I said so you won’t interview a person who has the credentials but because there is some GLITCH in your ATS/parsing you are ok with that? I then proceeded to include this info on glassdoor, indeed, YELP, etc. Because that was ridiculous

  11. James says:

    Sometimes the job is advertised as part of company policy and they have to appear to conduct a fair and unbiased interview process, yet they already have a chosen candidate for the job right from the start….

  12. Frank says:

    Government is ignoring this difficulty. It is nearly impossible to find a good job in the US in IT unless you happen to have the right credential for the job. IT jobs don’t even require a college degree any more (except for upper management positions); they rely on certifications. Certs that are expensive and time consuming to acquire. The job situation in the US is broken and the “roaring economy” stories we hear are lies. The reason the unemployment is so low is that people have been forced to take jobs they hate just to pay the bills – or just barely pay the bills.

    • Tristan says:

      The true reason that “unemployment is so low” is really due to the fact the numbers are taken by who is DRAWING unemployment. Once a person has consumed the benefits they are allowed, and are no longer being paid, they are removed from the monitoring system. Every time people are removed they can state that “unemployment numbers are done” as a result of fewer people actively drawing unemployment benefits.

  13. Mr. Harris says:

    No matter what I do, I can’t find a job everywhere. How are you even supposed to have experience when no one gives you a chance? And don’t give me that college degree speech, because that’s bullshit. I’m already in debt because of that. I’m pissed and soon, I’m gonna become the monster everyone fucking fears if I don’t get hired. I’m tired of going hungry.

    • Jennifer says:

      I’m having a hard time, too. It’s absolutely ridiculous. All my life, I have never had a hard time getting a job. I think the employers are personality disordered. They’re psychotic. They want the perfect candidate like it’s dating. It’s just a job… not dating … you know when you’re looking for the “one”. Hire the person and train them. That’s it. It used to be that way. How are we supposed to survive? And why is the unemployment rate so low when it is this hard to get a job? That makes no sense. That’s crazy, too!

      • Neda says:

        I’m having the same issue. I feel like some companies don’t even know what they want, they just drag you in for an interview then they go completely silent on you. And don’t even get me started on recruiting agencies. I’ve never been out of the job for more than 3 months , now it’s been 6 months. I feel like it’s a lose lose situation.

        • Jennifer says:

          Thanks for replying. Omg! Recruiters don’t help at all and some have put down my experience. They are mean and nuts, too. The world has gone mad. I’m just wondering when or if it will just go back to “normal” already. This is scary.

          • Tara says:

            I’ve been out of work for 4 months after a layoff and having the most difficult time. I have 24 years of healthcare experience and a doctorate. The feeling so defeated and depressed. I’m going to lose my mind, not to mention my house and cars. I feel bad for my husband and kids. I have built this great life and now it’s going to be taken away. How can I not feel hopeless?

          • G Morgan says:

            Yes I agree with you. At some point the country’s mask will come off. At that point it will be extreme to the max , factor in climate change and the Terminator world. I believe best recourse is to disconnect from the source entirely. Difficult to do but keep the awareness. Proceed for yourself as if it’s a foreign, lost culture. Take advantage of it but have the final movement to be on your own. Good luck!

      • Buddy says:

        Part of the reason the unemployment rate is so low is because the Labor Force Participation Rate has been declining, so less working age adults are actively working or looking for work. Another reason is the huge amount of new low-paying, part-time jobs in the service sector. People are technically counted as employed under U3 if they work 1 hour a week.
        The unemployment rate is not a very good measure of the labor market under today’s current conditions……but yeah i’m struggling too! Finding a decent paying job with my college degree should not be this difficult!

  14. Jennifer says:

    I’m having a hard time, too. It’s absolutely ridiculous. All my life, I have never had a hard time getting a job. I think the employers are personality disordered. They’re psychotic. They want the perfect candidate like it’s dating. It’s just a job… not dating … you know when you’re looking for the “one”. Hire the person and train them. That’s it. It used to be that way. How are we supposed to survive? And why is the unemployment rate so low when it is this hard to get a job? That makes no sense. That’s crazy, too!

    • Ray says:

      In the same boat. I hear you! They want the perfect candidate -a candidate who does not have longevity or work ethic! Forbid you don’t know one piece of software but have all the necessary experience for the rest of the role!

  15. Neda says:

    I’m having the same issue. I feel like some companies don’t even know what they want, they just drag you in for an interview then they go completely silent on you. And don’t even get me started on recruiting agencies. I’ve never been out of the job for more than 3 months , now it’s been 6 months. I feel like it’s a lose lose situation.

  16. Jay says:

    I have also been without a job much longer than I ever expected. Its hard when you see all the headlines about a worker shortage and can’t land a job. I have over 10 years of experience and feel like a loser.

  17. Don R says:

    So much for the skills gap and the lie about the red hot jobs market.

    After graduating from university in 2008, I burned out my wheels for almost 10 years working low-pay jobs that didn’t require a degree. Gave up 2 years ago and now I just travel the world on a shoe string.

  18. Ivan says:

    It never helps that the older generations don’t understand.
    They have the experience needed to get a new job if they had to and they never had to deal with the same challenges.

    “Give them a firm handshake and say I want this job.”
    That will get you the job they say.
    What a load of horse manure.

    If the algorithms don’t get you. The high standards or ‘affirmitive action’ will get you. Its all about who you are and who you know.

    • Anonymous says:

      You are right!

      They don’t give a horse’s a** that you want the job.
      Having so many apply for one job is making them sadistic.

  19. Ray says:

    I really am at a loss myself. Healthcare company I was with for 11 years decided to do away with their private insurance arm and I was a Senior Claims Examiner. They said they would help us all find positions but all they would offer were entry-level billing positions (which for me was a huge step backwards considering I did that when I started). With my experience I did not think it would be this difficult to land a decent position and once again have job security and a meaningful career. I am now broke, credit cards are maxed and I can’t pay my end of the mortgage. But these employers keep wasting time and offering the same position for months and then do not review your resume when you apply for the said position. It is beyond maddening! I don’t even know how I am going to job search once my internet gets shut off for lack of being able to pay the bill! Will be the same situation with my cell phone soon…on the bright side I guess the collectors won’t be able to reach me since they seem to be the only ones calling! The whole process is self-defeating and these companies don’t care, the leaders have their three digit salary and cozy positions!

    • Lauren says:

      Use the library computer if you don’t have the internet anymore. I did that years ago … although since everything has gone crazy, I can’t say if that is allowed anymore. But you can try that. And there are free government cell phone services for low income individuals (my mom uses it).

      • Ray says:

        Oh yes definitely I would if I have to. I am not there and it’s likely I will have help with paying it. I’m just throwing it out there that it is getting to the point of being that bad. I am revamping my resume so hopefully things will start to look up. As hard as it is, you just have to keep trying. What else is there to lose?

  20. Ray says:

    Also I want to add -why- seriously- WHY when a recruiter or employer reaches out to you on a site such as LinkedIn and tells you about an opportunity and you reply and say you are interested and would like to know more -do they not answer back?

    • Anonymous says:

      Because they have mass mailed over 1000 people — not just you — and are flooded with responses.

      Or they are just playing a game.

      • Annonymos says:

        Yes people will be forced learn Linux ,coding and freedom we do not have it. We have Donald trump rules Amazon ,Walmart and big banks indeed. Everything is lie and deception onto he’s. We the people has no meaning and my relative is white he trailed his wife to east coast now he is not employable because he was making 20+ so no one wants him pay even universal minimum 15.00 so linuxfoundations learn free Linux courses and Uber security is hot spot. Microsoft 1st Linux is coming to market, we still use pure Linux red at ,Linux I think 19.3 or Ubuntu is open source technology , I have job no matter where I go😎🙈😄😄😄😅

  21. Pigbitin Mad says:

    It definitely is AgeIsm. These are the key takeaways for me.

    1. We are vilified for not being “agile” and are constantly accused of being averse to change.
    2. When they see numerous jobs in various industry, rather than being praised for being “agile,” we are again vilified as either a “jack of all trades” or “career changers” which is their code for a FAILURE.
    3. Women are all advised to apply for jobs even when we don’t meet ALL of the qualifications (as this is what men do), only to get raked over the coals and interrogated about one thing you may lack which is a proprietary software that only they use. And because the interviewer found it difficult to learn, they assume you are a moron to because they can’t imagine what it is like not to be a moron.
    4. We are expected to know everything under the sun about this job and how to do it, when our chances of actually getting hired are lower than my chances of getting killed by a terrorist tomorrow. Would people spend $1.00 on a lottery ticket if they had to spend a couple of weeks studying for a completely new subject test each time they bought one? This is what the modern job hunt has become. Instead of taking two weeks to learn the job (the efficient way). You have to learn an entirely new job every month just to apply…. and then see the job go to someone whose idea of literature is Harry Potter and graphic novels.
    5. If you are not in love with the sound of your own voice and relentlessly positive in the face of being told constantly that you are a “loser” because you cannot describe how, “once upon a time I purchased office supplies from a catalog” or “once I created a spreadsheet that calculated automatically the totals for each RFQ” as though it were tantamount to running a multinational corporation, or inventing time travel.
    6. Actually able to see that people who constantly blab about their own accomplishments are generally people who never have time to actually DO anything. If you are not one of those tiresome blabbermouths and are actually able to focus and remember things you are told, you are summarily dismissed as not “a go getter” or a “team player.” Don’t believe me? What happened the last time you tried to transfer an internet or Cable TV account to a new address just four blocks away (Cable? Oh right, that makes me a Luddite).

    • savannah says:

      Well said. I had a gal taking selfies my whole interview and asked me the same question over and over, she wasn’t even LISTENING. It is really FRIGHTENING how these MORONS are the gatekeepers in some of these places.
      Have you been “parsed” out of an opportunity. Some places use that tool. It somehow got the idea that I needed sponsorship for a job. When I got a HR name and asked why they rejected my resume for this. HR said well the system captured this incorrectly. I was BORN and RAISED on this soil. I can’t FIGHT a system that prefills info on applications and undo fields it prefills that I don’t SEE. I said could you please UNDO this and resubmit so I have an opportunity. Her response was NO. If it is captured in the system we don’t have ACCESS to change it. I said so you won’t interview a person who has the credentials but because there is some GLITCH in your ATS/parsing you are ok with that? I then proceeded to include this info on glassdoor, indeed, YELP, etc. Because that was ridiculous

  22. Ray says:

    @pigbitin -you are so dead on!

  23. Buttons says:

    It’s been about three months for me which is the longest I have been without a job. Did some interviews, one I was really stoked about but then they ended up not filling the position at all. As many people are saying in this thread, it’s like these places want someone who is perfect yet they have such impersonal ways of communicating with candidates. It makes me sad. Someone mentioned not being able to use the internet because their cable might get cut. You can always go to the library. Just wanted to throw that out there cause I use it all the time. It’s very helpful. Anyway, it seems like employers are looking for robots. You could be skilled, have a lovely resume with excellent sentence structure, advanced grammar and rhetoric and yet, nada. Or the only job you even see opened is part time and wouldn’t make you enough money to pay rent in the worst part of the booty-nasty ghetto. Employment in a first world country that you were born in and schooled in is not too much to expect as adult. Or are my expectations too high, even with a decade of experience, a degree and all the appropriate skills for my field? Come on, this is just depressing.

  24. Deilgat says:

    I went back to school in my late 20s to make my mom proud and took out thousands in federal loans. I graduated WASC accredited with honors and I did that while working full time. Now, two years later, I have been searching for a job 5 months. Now, some may think this guy could be a weirdo and there must be a reason for not hiring. I currently am president of a notable public speaking club and have a mental and social acumen that is adequate. Now, I am almost homeless, on food stamps, in forbearance on school loans that are accruing interest, and DESPERATE. I have applied and gotten turned down from part time home depot sales clerk to working the front desk at the gym. I have been suicidal and seeing shows like Paid Off with Michael Tropey makes me throw up. Trillions of dollars in debt and we get a gameshow… My advice, “stay strong or don’t, people running this country don’t give a f#$k.”

    • Andrea says:

      It seems like most people are in the same situation in this country. I’ve been looking for a full-time job for 5 years, since graduating college. I literally do not understand how people find one. I just want to live like a normal functioning human.

  25. Kurt says:

    Let me first say 99% of all comments here are correct here. The problem is not us the people searching for a challenging new opportunity the problem is this country, government, employers because everything is focused on profit. We have a government that cannot manage money yet we pay taxes really and where does that go deficit. Most employers have no clue you are just a number. I’m sure you have had interviews tried to followup and never a response, great communication by the employer common courtesy that as a candidate should tell you something. Here is something for everyone to think about never give up, never let them get the best of you, as a candidate you take control. If you do an interview feel like you are being played beat them to the punch tell them you’re not interested. As potential candidates we need to take control and employers need to be put in their place. There will always be someone to hire but those of us with the skill level that are really looking for will be hard to acquire. Always stay positive never give up even when things get tough. You will find what you’re looking for don’t get frustrated don’t give in. Most employers are a joke but there are those out there that get it. Like mentioned here the unemployment rate is not low another lie. Strive forward take control and don’t let employers walk on you. You are better than all of them and if they don’t recognize what you have to offer you’re not worth it move on.

    • Lauren says:

      The world has gone mad with this politics stuff and I feel like it’s leaking into businesses and employers are abusing their power in their hiring decisions and positions. Plus, I think the world is being gaslighted from the chaos (narcissism) and that is also leaking into and out of the business world.

  26. MK says:

    I’m in the same boat, and I’m doing my very best not to get depressed. God help us all.

  27. James says:

    This is the reason why I left the UK.

    I applied for many jobs there. They wasted my time. When I looked for work in another country it was easy to find. So….my middle finger to the recruiters in UK.

  28. L says:

    I read that employees have ghosted their jobs ever since there have been a lot of jobs “available”. So, I think this might be why employers are being very selective and not training anymore. They probably don’t want to waste time training somebody if they may just ghost and job hop elsewhere since there are so many jobs out there.

    Nothing is perfect. There are a lot of jobs but it has come with this cost…. very cautious and selective hiring processes due to ghosting employees and job hoppers….

    • Ray says:

      Wrong. Explain those of us who have been in a position for over a decade and can’t find anything but the bare minimum that starts at less than almost 1/2 of what we made before. The positions being hired are ridiculously far from where we live or underpaid for what is expected or a combination of the two. And yes, people will ghost if they are treated like shit for the bare minimum (low pay, no benefits, hours and a commute that when all put together consumes your entire day, etc, etc).

      By the way, this is especially true for positions being filled by temp agencies. Temp agencies should be a red flag because through my own experience it indicates the company has a very high turnover and is unable to retain employees…

      …and for good reason!

      When you, the “temp” plays by the rules and sacrifices everything and give more than you are receiving and more responsibilities (including ridiculous ones such as cleaning out the break room refrigerator that you never use) are added because those who are permanent are incompetent and the said company is offering nothing in return but more nonsense you have every right to “ghost” them when they refuse to improve conditions much less offer you full time when you have smiled and nodded or even offered suggestions to help them do better not to mention provide more production in 2-3 days than most do in a whole week.

      Yes you’re right. Nothing is perfect, and the same as employers have a right to can you as they deem fit in a right to work state, you have the right to leave and not put up with it. Has nothing to do with being hired on with a good company that values you and will let you shine for them.

      Treat your employees well (the good ones) and they will take care of you.

      • Nicki says:

        You are so right. The opposite is true of what L “read”.

        People are working themselves to the bone, staying with jobs that are killing them where they are disrespected and undercompensated, because there is no where else to go or every place else is just as bad, and hundreds of applications for each position (and then someone’s friend or relative gets hired anyway.)

        I don’t know what kind of fantasy land “L” is living in.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I understand the struggle it’s near impossible to get a low end entry-level jobs in good old Louisville KY let alone a decent quality one despite having a bachelor’s degree. Everyone has their reason and explanation for their given situation. Based on my repetitive experience, I would say a disproportionate amount of jobs are filled through knowing people, otherwise your left to play this delusional game of thinking of how to improve your resume, interviewing skills, and etc just to fight for the scrapes. While the interviewer picks and chooses who they overall want despite your qualifications, basing their decision on all sorts of biases, its the miserable truth. Its a unfair world, if we all truly knew everything taking place you would gasp in disbelief. There’s a clear unfair reason why some people are able to get higher level jobs and scale their careers faster despite not being particularly qualified, while others who are more qualified have to figuratively jump through hoops for the same opportunity. How much of everything that goes on do we truly know and much do we assume is being handled fairly. I get it there’s a lot of applicants for a single job, so naturally there’s a lot competition, unless you connections. Employers don’t care that you have been looking for work for months, hell years, if anything that work’s against you. Employers elongate the process pretending to look for this perfect fit in a world full of morons. The interview process is a joke plain and simple. You have moron hiring managers reverting to their most primitive instinct to be racist/biased whilst clarifying in their own head that their making informative business decisions. Life goes on, you live and learn its a unfair world, but what can you do. Stay positive despite it endlessly testing you.

  30. LM says:

    I have been experiencing the same. I have been looking for a position for 6 months now have a BS degree and 7 years of successful medical sales experience. Never envisioned it would be this challenging. I have interviewed with a few Pharma companies who all use a video interview as the 1st interview step. A question appears on the screen you have 3 seconds before you are video taped with your under 3 min response. This is just not natural. It’s very impersonal and awkward to stare at yourself while answering a question. This is not a accurate way of interviewing.

    • Betty says:

      I was told over email (so I have it in WRITING), that if you’ve been unemployed for over 6 months the ATS system will reject you. Additionally, the Video Interviews set up through HireVue are intentionally racist as well as gender biased.
      Please stop crying that there aren’t enough ‘skilled’ workers in the workforce. This is the most skilled the United States has been… ever since the government began giving away school loans and universities increased their tuition costs. You just want to poach and recycle while demanding loyalty from employees…
      We’re on to you… all those ATS systems are illegally screening out candidates based on race, age, gender and also selling our personal information to other data companies. Your days are numbered.

  31. Carlos says:

    would it make sense if we all share social media account and build connections? My IG is Carlossden

  32. Mark says:

    After reading a whole lot of these comments it is apparent that many of you on here have degrees of some sort or other, but so does a whole lot of other people because the diploma craze has been pushed as a necessity for decades to the point where degrees have become a “dime a dozen”. I always felt that whenever a country comes out of recession the very first place to find a job is in the trade businesses where there is a willingness to give training and income while you learn the trade. The best thing about trades is there is always a job available when the going gets tough even during the recession years. Some may have to think about changing their aim at getting a different kind of job and be willing to go where the jobs are instead of wishing and hoping things were different depending on your situation. Sometimes one has to go to the jobs instead of waiting for the jobs to come to them. I realize what I am saying is easier said than done and I myself have had to do it in the past, but life does NOT come with guarantees either even in a Socialist society..

    • Double_tea says:

      Wrong. I know plenty of trades persons out of work. Union plumbers, carpenters and electricians, also a fully qualified auto mechanic. Yet all I hear about is how we never have enough trades people or middle skilled folks like mechanics to fill jobs. Rubbish. Stop lying to people. And trade schools aren’t free. They’re starting to cost almost as much as a really cheap four year University.
      Business “leaders” think they make more money by not hiring anyone and this is true in the very short term. It’s at the expense of the workers they do have because now those workers have to work more than one job because of greed and idiocy. Job merging is the new normal and workers have families so they can’t quit. It’s abusive. Or, they can just scream at the government for some socialism for themselves in the form of tax payer funded jobs training programs or more worker visas.

      • L says:

        This whole job search is abusive. These employers treat us like we aren’t good enough but really they are crazy. Since the president and Democratic party are fighting against each other, I think that abuse spread to businesses and hiring even more now. And the republicans who are probably business owners and hiring officials are acting like Trump. This whole thing feels like a phase and a side effect of this political warfare. My hope is that when we get a different president who is not a narcissist, this will stop and calm down.

      • L says:

        I also am researching and reading that republicans are against higher education. So, college grads are going to suffer from bias And we are. But people who have been working are suffering too. I’m wondering if whatever political party we are, we should interview at jobs who are the same party. Maybe that’s how we will get hired now days?? Idk anymore.

        • Bulging Speedo says:

          L, you keep saying you are “reading” things… assuming this is internet garbage that you actually BELIEVE because… everything on the internet IS TRUE? LOL!!!
          We came out of a VERY long recession period. During that time we lost millions of jobs, worldwide and at the same time ADDED millions more people who are capable and able to work. The source of our problems is quite simple: too many people, too few jobs. There are no conspiracies, politics or corporate greed involved. In addition to what I’ve already mentioned, add to that… we are becoming vastly more efficient via new technology every single day. This advance of technology eliminates jobs, too. Think of it this way. My grandfather died at the age of 109 in 1974. He and his wife produced six kids who gave them 21 grandchildren. But since he was born in 1865, did his generation CREATE ten or twenty times the number of jobs for his grandchildren AND his six kids and their spouses in the USA? No.

          • Double_tea says:

            It is true that every recession recovers with far less jobs than before and it is getting worse. However, that doesn’t explain all the help wanted sites and job postings, let alone all the complaining by hiring managers and executives that they can’t expand their payrolls even though they want to.
            It’s just a dog and pony show. They’re lying, it’s as simple as that.

    • JS says:

      I’m almost 50. Am I supposed to go to trade school for several years now and incur that debt on top of my other debt for the minuscule chance that someone is going to hire an inexperienced 55 year old electrician or plumber?

  33. Mark says:

    Hello everyone. I share your pain. I was let go from my engineering job in August 2018, and have been aggressively searching for work since that time. Like many of you I am highly qualified but overlooked as a candidate. I have been lucky to get some interviews, but when none of them result in job offers I do not even get excited anymore when called in for interviews.

    I recommend that you consider substitute teaching while you are between jobs. All it requires is a college degree and a passing score on the CBEST, a relatively easy 4 hr. exam covering basic math and reading (multiple choice), as well as a subjective part with 2 essay questions.

    There is a huge shortage of substitute and job listings everyday, so you can sub as little or as often as you to…pays anywhere from $140-$170/day. Not terrible since you only work 6 hrs., and can help pay the bills.

    Wishing you all the best,


    • AMJ says:

      As a person with a teaching degree in a supposed teacher shortage, the job market it even more difficult as it was in 2008. Most substitute teachers are only required to have a high school diploma. That being said, having substituted two years ago, and recently looked into it again, most subs make $64 a day and only work two or three days a week. As a mother of three children, I had to work two jobs, a waitress at night, just to cover daycare at $140 a week per child. For those of us with small children, small jobs like these are often unrealistic because we make less than the cost of childcare.

      • Mark says:

        Thank you for your reply. This is not the case in California. A college degree is required as well as a passing score on CBEST. I get multiple sub requests sent to me everyday. In the SF Bay Area where I live most of the listings pay between $140-$170/Day, with the median pay of about $160/day. I go through an agency called SwingEducation, to get the substitute request listings. SwingEducation represents schools nationwide so you may want to take a look at their services.

        All the Best,

        • Anonymous says:

          Please Mark.
          Get out of your little SF bubble world.
          San Francisco is an exception to the rule, an anomaly.
          Do you expect people to move to SF and pay $3000 in rent for insecure part time sub work? What do you think it’s going to cost to uproot a family and move to SF with a huge security deposit and 1st month rent, IF someone can even find a place there without being outbid by tech execs? California where cost of living is higher than anywhere else, including car insurance and everything else. Where the homeless rate is higher than anywhere else in the US because of the lack of affordable housing. Are you aware of the movie The Last Black Man in SF?
          Don’t you see how unintentionally cruel it is to sit there and rave about how much people can be making in SF? And your temp job “helps to pay the bills.” What if a person actually needs a job that Will Pay the Bills and not just go towards the bills? Thank god you are an engineer and not a counselor.

          • Mark says:

            …and thank god you are not an engineer. As an engineer I look for rational solutions to problems. If one has a problem with being unemployed with no immediate job prospects and no income then substitute teaching (even if it is only part time) makes sense while in between jobs so at least a person can have some cash flow, which is better than none. And, substitute teaching is flexible so a person could decide to take time off to look and interview for full time jobs. Given there will always be opportunities to substitute, even though they may not be 5 days a week, at least it is something to fall back on while unemployed. By the way, based on my experience substituting, students can at times be easier to deal with than adults.

          • Mark says:

            …and thank god you are not an engineer. As an engineer I look for rational solutions to problems. If one has a problem with being unemployed with no immediate job prospects and no income then substitute teaching (even if it is only part time) makes sense while in between jobs so at least a person can have some cash flow, which is better than none. And, substitute teaching is flexible so a person could decide to take time off to look and interview for full time jobs. Given there will always be opportunities to substitute, even though they may not be 5 days a week, at least it is something to fall back on while unemployed. By the way, based on my experience substituting, students can at times be easier to deal with than adults.

    • Mary says:

      In Polk county Florida it’s $90 per day for substitute teachers.

      • Anonymous says:

        Right. And there is no guarantee of work or that you will work 5 days a week.
        You would be better off at Target or Trader Joes. Better pay, less stress, more consistent hours. And benefits as well. And you get to talk to adults at work.

  34. AJ says:

    As someone who worked in HR, I can tell you that one reason employers are so picky these days is because the hiring process is so expensive. That HR lady that is doing nothing more than asking you questions to see if you’re a good fit and then sending you off to a manager for an interview is making more money than the average worker – not to mention all the other positions in HR that don’t make the company any money – HR Generalist, HRIS Analyst, Compensation Manager, HR Specialist, HR Administrative assistant, HR Benefits Manager, etc. These positions and this department eat a huge chunk of the companies funds, but don’t add as much value as they claim. These positions are inflated because HR Professionals will have you believing that a company can’t survive without all their rules and regulations and benefit plans, etc. These companies need to wake up and realize that American people are craving the days of the past when hiring was simpler, benefits were less complicated and there weren’t so many hoops to jump through. We as Americans have made this process so hard with our “progress”. That Recruiter whom makes $70,000 a year that, you just sent your resume to – just threw your resume in the garbage because how dare you put your picture on your resume and you are weird looking – I saw a recruiter do this once and it was disgusting. These companies put so much time and money into these HR departments and you end up with the mess we now have, with recruiting software that denies an application before a human could even look at it just because you don’t have the right keywords. It’s unbelievable to me that we are in this place and we call it progress. That recruiter is not working any harder than anyone else; she reviews what ever resume the software is telling her is a good fit, sending an email (sometimes depending on the software they don’t even have to do that, the!), schedules a phone call with you, possibly brings you in for a interview, runs reports and goes to meetings – she is making three times as much as someone whom does grueling work, or stands on their feet all day, or even the HR Assistant sitting across from her that does 10 times as much real work as she does. This is what’s wrong with the job market – the wrong people are paid the good money, and “they” made the hiring process way more complicated than it needs to be.
    FYI – I have nothing against recruiters, in fact in the 1990’s I worked for a staffing agency and Jr Recruiter and it was one of my favorite jobs, the pay was terrible at $10 an hour. Now entry-level recruiters make much better money and their job is easier because they have software that far exceeds what we had in the ’90s.

    • Bulging Speedo says:

      What incentive does ANY person in Human Resources have to do their job? They can be slackers. They can be go-getters. It doesn’t matter. There is absolutely no reason for an HR pro to do a good job that benefits company performance.

  35. Jimmy says:

    I left a job after they relocated me to an off-site location and slowly stripped me of my responsibilities.

    Afterwards, I spent two years straight on job interview after job interview. Not a single offer. I eventually took whatever I could which was a role much beneath my degree and experience. They worked me to the bone and I made about half of what I used to.

    Now I’m considering looking for another job and I’m having a hard time bringing myself to even apply anywhere. I know what’s gonna happen. More and more rejection because they found someone else who was a “better fit.” I’m about to just start outright lying on my resume and in interviews. Who knows where it could take me?

    • Double_tea says:

      In alot of cases they won’t find someone who’s “a better fit.” Alot of times they won’t hire anyone at all and the job gets reposted the next week. It’s happened to me a few times. They’d rather hire no on and continue to overwork their current employees than to hire someone they perceive as not perfect. After all, hiring someone costs money.

  36. Jen says:

    I’m in Australia. It’s just as bad here. I haven’t been able to get a job since I graduated from uni in 2012. Nepotism and its cousin cronyism are the killers here. For example, I applied for a role that was perfect me because I had the exact experience and qualifications necessary, not to mention I lived in the remote town of said vacancy. My application was not acknowledged. I was not interviewed and the job went to the Process Manager’s brother-in-law, who had no experience or qualifications relevant to the job. It’s almost impossible in this country to get an unskilled position if you are over 30 and aren’t seeking a VISA extension. I can’t branch out into a new field or even a parallel field because they all want you to have buttloads of experience doing some specific thing that’s impossible to learn unless you’ve already done the job, leading to the circular problem: you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. I don’t even bother anymore. What’s the point? I’m just lucky that my husband earns enough to support both of us, but that doesn’t help me to feel any less like a total loser who has wasted a good portion of their life obtaining qualifications that were basically useless in the end anyway.

    • Double_tea says:

      It’s pretty much the same way here in the US. I’m in you’re exact situation. My wife has always been lucky, and selfish.
      I graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s in mathematics (statistics emphasis) and economics and a minor in applied math, GPA 3.8/4.0. I quit applying for jobs in 2015. I got interviews but nearly everyone i engaged with in the business world was a moron. I wonder how it is that these idiots have decent jobs but I don’t. Mostly because they had connections.
      Meanwhile, my wife has a bachelor’s in finance, minor in econ with only a 2.8 GPA and no internships or relevant working experience and she got a job as an accountant ten minutes from our old apartment by sending a resume in by post the old fashioned way.
      I was still in school when she started there and because I was doing something way more specific we knew we’d have to move (we had a plan) but by then she’d have 5 years accounting experience. Accounting jobs are everywhere. But eventually she wanted more comforts so she wanted a house in this town and, although reluctant, I agreed. I just wanted to make my wife happy. (Employers also don’t like to hire people that have to relocate because they perceive some sort of additional costs.) Still, I did get a couple interviews for out of state jobs, that’s how I know Im not the problem. Mostly though hiring managers told me I was too good a candidate and were afraid I’d leave after getting a few years experience (I always asked why they wouldn’t hire me at interviews). Half the time those jobs were reposted within the next month – they hired no one.
      Anyways, my wife figured I’d just drive the 30-50 miles into the suburbs twice a day, every day, while her commute is 1.1 miles one way. She comes home for lunch almost every day.
      Given everything I know about the job market, I wonder if I dodged a bullet. Still, it’s pretty crappy.

      TLDR: sometimes it’s not only crappy employers holding you down.

  37. Joe says:

    Everyone of my peers I’ve noticed have gotten their job from knowing someone its unfair but they would never have a job without it. Interviewing could waste your life away its endless with no end in sight. Interviews are for people who are still naive to how the corrupt process works. I’ve given up on interviews never gotten anywhere with them. I’ve been job hunting for 2 years out of college. I’ve tried staffing agency’s which are the worst, they don’t even have jobs they pretty much use your qualifications to get their foot in the door to establish connections with companies for business purposes. Everywhere you go they give you this political b.s. answer that just feeds the madness, because they don’t care they have a job so its not their problem. Interviews are a joke, I can’t state that enough. Knowing someone to pull you in is everything, hell even this article mentions networking aka connections. Your degrees don’t matter unless you have someone to vouch for you. Getting your foot in the door its like winning the lottery you don’t know how you did it.

  38. Mark says:

    …except your goal may be to work at a higher level than the positions available at Target or Trader Joes. Do think they are going to give you time off to go to job interviews or look for jobs? At least as a substitute you have flexibility to do that. Of course you do what you have to do, and there is nothing wrong with working at Target or Trader Joes, regardless of the job classifications.

  39. Buddy says:

    Part of the reason the unemployment rate is so low is because the Labor Force Participation Rate has been declining, so less working age adults are actively working or looking for work. Another reason is the huge amount of new low-paying, part-time jobs in the service sector. People are technically counted as employed under U3 if they work 1 hour a week.
    The unemployment rate is not a very good measure of the labor market under today’s current conditions……but yeah i’m struggling too! Finding a decent paying job with my college degree should not be this difficult!

  40. dude says:

    The entire hiring process and use of ATS are broken. You can literally be rejected by the ATS system if it’s looking for the “scheduled” but you have “scheduling” as an example. the result is you will never get in front of a hiring manager.

  41. sara says:

    Jobs can suck my butt. I’d honestly be happier starving in the forest. At least rent is free.

  42. savannah says:

    I got out of a job that started in training with 20 people when we got to doing the job it wasn’t at ALL like what we were TOLD in training and there was NO help at all. Only 2 of us lasted. It was all about bullying and inferior software, the computers literally CRASHED all day long and you spent most of your time rebooting. The management BLAMED employees, which was ludicrous. It was their INFERIOR server that couldn’t handle it. Then team meetings they would HUMILIATE people. Managers didn’t even KNOW the software. I quit after being BLAMED for something I didn’t do. I wasn’t going to be cussed out anymore by an inferior. Yes, my mgr was an UNEDUCATED, SMELLY, FOUL MOUTHED, KISS ASS, MAGGOT, who thought she could treat others like trash. I quietly collected my things, and LEFT. I did my job. I am not sad I left, because when word traveled I left, others followed. I ran into a snr mgr at the store he asked why I quit. I said GOGGLE the 10 reasons why good employees LEAVE. Maybe you will figure it out or learn something. Isn’t that what management does? After all I was just a seat filler to you. I can’t know such complex info, or at least that was what your lil darling kiss ass mgr use to get in our faces and say to us. One of those GREAT moments in life.

  43. Nico says:

    The job force in america is an absolute joke. Employers want pre-packaged candidates, and then work them to the bone for very little reward back, which results in burn out. Older generations dont understand, they still believe the “apply at 3 jobs, you’ll get hired at one.” Now a days it is “apply at 200 , you’ll get 5 interviews, and MAYBE get hired at one.” College degrees mean nothing anymore. I’m considering moving into some mountains and becoming feral in the forests so that my only concern is which tree am I going to shit behind.

  44. David says:

    I hate the U.S.

    • Jeff Altman says:

      Agreed, I used to be patriotic and realize its meaningless B.S.! I hate this faux pro america nonsense. F this country, and thats coming from a former conservative pro trump republican, once I lost my job and saw how people really are, I saw the light and took the red pill. Its all fake, everyone is against eachother and your fellow american is your enemy in the workforce. Its all about who can crush who in the work place. I could care less if another 9 11 happens, hurricanes, whatever. Americans are the phoniest , most materialistic slime on this planet. Isis is better, at least they are honest.

      • Double_tea says:

        Wow, I totally feel your pain and I can’t agree with you more. Elites want us in direct competition with each other to distract us from what’s behind the curtain.
        Next time someone gushes over competition, ask them why companies want everybody to work on teams. Or ask them how much of a failure the space race was since we all worked together on that one. Cooperation leads to better results than competition.

  45. Chas says:

    Sorry to say, I don’t really disagree with any comment I have read.
    I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and strong work experience, and can barely get an interview flipping burgers.
    Back in the day, the older generation could stand in a line for 15 minutes, and get hired at a good manufacturing job for life, with great benefits and pension.
    Those days are absolutely gone for good!

    • Beethoven Lover says:

      I am going through the same experiences as everyone above. You are right, Chas. I have a A.S of science and experience as an Occupational Therapist Assistant, and among many other skills do to a plethora of jobs I’ve had in the past. I have been tirelessly applied for over 300 jobs or more. I am not getting called, and few email messages back saying, ” they’ve moved on to other applicants.” I’ve applied to my profession, to jobs I’ve done in the past, but since nothing as happened, I began to applying to lower skill jobs, and I am still not getting a job. This jobs are: Cashiers, drivers, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, warehouse, etc…. Still nothing. I have even presented myself and had interviews. They say they will call me and work on the schedule to see when I can start. But then I don’t hear from them, and when I call and ask for manager; they come up with excuses or in some places they’ve just said that they already got the job filled. Another thing that is really bothering me is that most of the jobs are part-time now. It’s like the new norm. Full- time is 35 to 38 hours weekly. What the hell? I am at my wits end, my savings are all gone, and I have to be asking my family members for cash to continue paying my bills somehow. Those manufacturing jobs are gone for “worse.”

    • Double_tea says:

      Tell me about it. BS double major in Math (statistics) and Econ with an added minor in applied math with a 3.8 GPA.
      I stopped applying for jobs in November 2015.
      There is no hot economy. There has been no recovery.

  46. Sandrene Carlos says:

    Thank you for this good content, as someone who works in headhunting firm in the Philippines, I will list down reasons based on my point of view why it is difficult to find a job in today’s generation:
    • The downturn in the economy has led to many layoffs, with so much competition due to the number of jobseekers, finding a job can be difficult
    • Because there are fewer jobs and more people looking to fill those vacant jobs, Employers are searching for the best of the best.
    • With so much downsizing, many companies close their doors and many outsourcing companies,
    • Getting the job is so much harder because there are many highly skilled professionals willing to take jobs they wouldn’t usually take. It has become more difficult than ever to get a job if you have no work skills or experiences.
    • High-tech companies lead to less manpower so there are fewer jobs accessible to employees, resulting in a huge number of displaced workers. For these workers finding other work puts them into an already tight job market that already has an abundance of job seekers.

    This highly competitive market means if you get called for an interview you need to be more ready than the other applicants. The best way to do this is to do your research and find out everything you need to know about the business so you can impress with strong responses to the hiring manager. You also need to take time to practice interviewing questions to be ready when the time come

  47. J says:

    Give the dumb people power and the smart people will alwats be weak.

  48. Chris Brown says:

    Well no one hires so I’m ready to die. You get to 40 and you get a few interviews and no job yet people want you to pay bills. I’m on disability but if it ends I’ll die and be glad of it.

  49. Mat says:

    I have been unemployed for a year now homeless. I have my degree in quantitative finance from stevens institute of technology. I have only picked up contract experience and this has tainted the view of employers of my willingness to stay with one company for a long time. I think it is harder to get the job than do the job. They have probably chosen people less competent than me and have some people working for them less competent, but ruled me out due to length of contracts, amount, and time out of work now. It’s frustrating and I am really smart and just need an employer that will invest in me like I would invest in them. I have an array of skill sets and can easily grow my career into something biggger.

    • UG says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. That is absolutely horrible. I think many like yourself are finding it frustrating to have gone to school and still find it a challenge to make a decent living in the leading global economy (I’m assuming you live and are a citizen of the US). Capitalism can only hold on for so long before it implodes. If resources aren’t evenly distributed among the citizens then, unfortunately, the cycle of debt and poverty continues generation after generation which is not anyone’s fault but the wealthy individuals, corps, and families that can pay their fair portion of taxes and actually create better-paying jobs, give land grants, etc. People are selfish and greedy. Technically, we would not need government-sponsored programs (food stamps, social security, etc.) if the world was fair.

    • Donna says:

      True. Harder to get the job than do the job…. sad but true. I’m in the same boat. Won’t have enough to pay property taxes. Going on year and a half being unemployed. Might have to drive 2 hours out to get a minimum wage job and do that for the rest of my life (putting money in my roth account is priority regardless if I am jobless or not even if that means breaking the law to earn cash).

  50. UG says:

    Working at a fast-food restaurant, driving for delivery services, part-time side hustle work, call center, etc. is living in poverty or barely above it IF you are lucky enough to work full time. Technically, no one should be living in poverty. This is America. Especially, college graduates who take out school loans to pay for an education in which they will most likely not venture into their field or they must choose an entry level position that will barely be making it. The government has to a better job in funding small businesses as the job market is oversaturated and AI and automation has already cut thousands of jobs which includes “blue-collar” and “white-collar.” The poverty line needs to be raised and a government-sponsored universal stipend needs to be initiated. The cost of living (basic health care, rent/mortgage, insurance, etc.) keeps rising and most jobs do not compensate for it. By the way, there is no shame in working at a place like a fast-food restaurant. I’m just looking at the numbers. I would include some stats and links but I don’t want this comment to get flagged.

  51. Huddlestone says:

    True – almost two thousand applied for one job here in the DFW area. If I go into the professional sector then you have under five hundred so you increase your odds of getting hired.

    True – they are rude. I was told by this HR person that my last name “doesn’t look right” and surely it is “not spelt correctly” (her name? Meredith.Painter at Nissan-usa .com). Another time I was told “I don’t see why your last employer would hire you” (this came from a ClaireTsan at unionbank . com). I hang up on rudeness because I am not yet employed and paid to put up with stuff. They always end up calling back several times leaving messages and emailing saying there is something wrong with my phone. Nah bitch, I don’t want to work for a company that doesn’t believe in being polite.

    Everyone please save up and start your own company. That is the only option unless you get a good paying job then stay and stay there forever (too hard to get a job).

    And this country doesn’t believe in EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT because knowing someone at a company means we’ve gone the way third countries do – where those that will have good-paying jobs will be related to one another or sleeping with one another.

  52. U4rickmass says:

    You are simply ignored, used to build recruiter pipelines and part of a joke in the meetings with recruiters. 95% of jobs already have a someone lined up for the position. A friend, someone they are trying to get from another company or and internal candidate, Complete BS. If you are stuck in a job that you under utilize your skills, get used to it. Someone else who is not qualified for the job already has taken it.

  53. Uncaged says:

    It is EXTREMELY difficult to find quality work where I am from. I just left a job that I had taken out of desperation – personal assistant for a guy who is 90 years-old and has dementia. After 4 interviews with him, and providing proof of my background (Eagle Scout, wildland firefighter, graduated from college with honors, volunteer work, etc), and encouraging him to have me complete a background check and a urinalysis, he hired me. But, frequently when we were alone together he would spend hours accusing me of being a liar, falsifying my background, and being a criminal who is on parole. There is no defending yourself from these people. In fear of my good character being ruined (what if he were to accuse me of stealing from him?), I had no choice to leave. Now, I’m back to not having any work and a gap in my resume, and no one calling me for an interview. I’d love to work for myself and have tried Upwork, creating t-shirts (I have a degree in graphic design), day trading in the stock market. I homebrew beer, but the local breweries have policies in place that don’t allow volunteers or interns and they’re not hiring. I’m 40 years-old. I’ve tried so hard and have tried to live an honorable life. Some days, I feel like giving up and ending it.

  54. DisGuyDeion says:

    I feel like America is going Down the drain…I can’t even find a decent job here in New York and omg it’s so horrible living here….Is there even such thing call the “American Dream “? I feel like we need a revolution and hopefully things can get better….

  55. SameHere says:

    Early 30s, b.s. in biomedical engineering in the US, nearly a decade since I graduated with my degree, VAST majority of my career has been contracting positions because those were all I can find, and I (unwillingly) have numerous gaps in between each of my jobs, including currently unemployed for 8 months now. I can’t network because I haven’t worked at any place long enough to make those connections in the first place. In the entirety of my career, I have received 0 replies about positions outside of my state, even though I’ve met numerous coworkers who required visa sponsorship for them and their families. Not saying I’m against immigrants, just that I thought visa sponsorship would cost significantly more than a relocation package.

    I agree with most people here in the comments.

  56. Dean Weller says:

    There is a lot to blame but it isn’t lack of jobs it’s lack of educated motivated HR staff. Most of those in the HR field are in it for a pay check and have no real passion towards what they do. Rather than sift through resumes to find a qualified candidate they use an ATS to scan for “key words“. It does not work. You can google Taleo is … and you’ll probably come across words like “junk” “useless” “awful”. Taleo if you haven’t guessed is the most used ATS (Applicant Tracking System) by arguably 80% of major employers.

    Further issues relate to the hiring process and hiring for “diversity” yet few HR personnel really understand what that means leaving the door wide open for a lawsuit. Diversity hiring means your applicant pool is diverse and includes people from diverse back grounds it DOES NOT mean hiring only minorities.

    It means keeping your applicant pool diverse and still accepting the most qualified candidate.

    Section VII of civil right code of 1967 states you can not base a decision for hiring on RACE or SKIN COLOR.


    This is something a lot of my clients have a hard time grasping. This was a law to level the playing field for COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ONLY.

    If you reference this as a defense you will lose in court.

    So it’s issues like these that are the cause of the hiring crunch. The field of HR lacks qualified educated personnel.

  57. Derek says:

    I think there are so many things broken with our system today. We’ve lost touch with our human interaction because of technology. We’ve become robotic in how we deal with everything in our lives.
    When you apply for a job today, you put so much information out there for others to grab on to. You apply to a job posting…next thing you know you’re being inundated with phone calls from unknown callers and calls from areas not even remotely close to your area. You go through the same local agencies that have the same job posting. One says “posted 3 days ago,” one says “posted today.” But wait! I applied for this very same position three weeks back on another site and I received an email stating that the position was already filled.
    We are told that we should make our resume stand out from the crowd–use key phrases and words, put this in but not that. When interviewing, be sure you respond this way when asked these questions that all employers will ask. We are spoon-fed so many do’s and don’ts that we lose our own identity. We don’t apply for a job with our own unique qualities…we stage the production, make sure we have our lines down then go perform. It’s superficial at best.

  58. JT says:

    The problems that I see with the job search process. You want to know why there are 500+ people applying for one job? That’s because when an employer posts a job ad online, anyone with an internet connection can apply for it. That means you are not only competing against people in your city, or quadrant of the city where your potential workplace will be. You are essentially competing against the ENTIRE FREAKING PLANET. Whoever thought this was a good idea is a total lump. Yes, software might make your hiring process easier because you don’t have to read each resume, but you wouldn’t have 500 resumes to look through if you only posted the job in the city it’s from. Instead of letting the entire world know about the job.

    Second, deciding whether you get in the front door by a badly coded software which decides whether you get in, based on whether you have the right keywords in your resume, instead of the actual skills the employer is looking for. Thus turning the process into a glorified lottery. I’m a smart person, and smart people don’t play the lottery, because the chances of winning at a lottery or a slot machine jackpot are against you.

    If you apply in person, ask to speak to a hiring manager at the company, or otherwise, they force you to apply online first. Then, they refuse to talk to you until you do so. It’s my way or the highway approach with them. Letting the satanic ATS software decide whether they get to talk to you or not. I guess the employer don’t understand the concept of putting all your eggs in one basket. Forcing everyone to only apply online is doomed to fail.

    Employers are getting lazier and lazier. On top of the ATS software, the employer is so lazy they can’t even send a personalized reply to the person applying for the job. It’s one of those pre-defined forms which says Thank You [fetches name from online application] for apply for [fetches position name in ad] position. Sorry, but we’re not interested.

    When I read a job ad, I might meet 80% of the qualifications they’re looking for, so I apply for it. However, the satanic ATS software decided that I’m not good enough, because I don’t have the right keywords in my resume.


    Retired job seeker until the they fix their broken and satanic job search process.

  59. JBR says:

    I came to this site looking for a better understanding of my dilemma in some ways I agree with many commentators. Most assuredly the employer and hiring referral services have taken a different view of the modern worker. We are in some ways treated like cattle branding iron and ear pin. We look at these stories and hear 250 applicants and 6 interviews for 1 position. Please tell me how those odds change? Did the writer say they’ll change if you improve your resume? He did not he gave you a scenario where you can shuffle the chairs on the Titanic. There was no mention mainly because of the political ilk of commentators that this nation has allowed 40+ million new low level workers to enter the country in the last 30+ years drowning out the American Worker. As he stated employers have gotten quite cocky and want to know what you can do for their team. They actually call this un-devoted company a team when they know this work world has no plan to stick with anyone when there is 50 other candidates outside that door. His answer is update your resume to what they want I have another. I’m selling nothing, become your own boss. No more interviews, no more rejections, no more expecting the world for 10 bucks an hour. No more prying into your personal life. Maybe you say we’re stuck forced to concede to their demands I say the one thing their not going to get with new Americans, modern school system graduates aren’t in the league of older Americans. Look at these companies their crews even after paying these firms millions still have massive turnover if its so great why the turnover? This is a cycle and firms like this what to tell you get with the times truth is in 20 years background checks will be free, drug tests unneeded and silly psychological tests for low level positions will be laughed at. These firms will dry up and they’ll have to come up with a new Schlick to make it rich

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