LinkedIn, Indeed.com, Monster.com., Glassdoor, and CareerBuilder.com are just a few of the many job search websites in existence. They are effective and efficient ways in landing your next job or achieving your career. Job seekers use these methods as much as they look through job application print ads. But they are as many pitfalls that affect these seekers as they pursue the next best job.
What are these hurdles affecting potential job candidates you may ask? This is the second part of the continuing topic “10 Items That Job Seekers Hate,” or at the very least strongly dislike. Here is a list of the remaining six out of 10 items that job applicants dislike.
6. Contact information on the website does not work. After the seeker prepares to send the cover letter and resume, the contact info does not work, so the applicant has to do item No. 5, that is search feverishly to find a working email or link to the job application.
7. Grammar issues, typos, or huge white spacing. Career experts advise job seekers not to have the aforementioned issues, and the result will be no response. But some applications and organizations are guilty of having similar problems.
8. Paywalls or Application Fees. The “No. 1 Rule” for job seekers is that you should never have to pay in order to get a job. Some websites that facilitate job candidates ask the aforementioned clients that they should pay a premium price to get more access to a job. This does not 100 percent guarantee that the seeker will get the job. The fee simply gives he or she more access.
9. If you have a certain illness or sickness please check the box. At some organizations, with online applications, the seeker fills out all of the info digitally, uploads the cover letter and resume, and then there is the final part. The company displays a list of illnesses and mental disorders, including cancer or HIV/AIDS. As seekers we all want to be transparent, however, what does one’s mental state or health have to do with a job? And why is this -private and confidential info the company is asking for – necessary to be shared and put on record at any organization that may or may not hire you? Is this legal, discriminatory, ethical or unethical?
10. No Response from Job Applications. This could arguably make some applicants anxious, especially when there is no indication from the organization the application was received, or not. Seekers always do follow up, but in a digital age most organizations issue a notice of receipt promptly.