Employers hate job seekers for many reasons. Job seekers act unprofessionally; they waste the employer's time and energy. A prepared, qualified job seeker increases their chances of landing the job by avoiding job seeker behaviors employers hate. Employers magnify their chances of hiring a superior employee, when they avoid job seekers who exhibit these ten fatal errors, what employers hate about job seekers – or ought to. What do you think employers hate about job seekers?
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Some HR are bad people
- I got mistreated when I tried to call Human Resources back for a job position. The Human Resources wouldn't return my call, after leaving me a message to call her back about the position. When I finally got a hold of her, she was mad that I got a hold of her. No wonder people work through contract houses these day, when you have to deal with someone like that. If someone is interested in the position, they will call until they reach someone, so that you don't miss the opportunity if Human Resources doesn't hear from you and calls someone else. I don't know how busy the Human Resources Department is, but you'd think they could answer the phone, just like my Contract House Recruiter does. So I was told that I called too many times and won't be considered for the position. What does the one thing have to do with the other? I showed ambition, and she showed that she was a bully. So as long as there are bullies in the Human Resource Department, If I was calling to harrass her that would be different.
- —Guest Guest Wronged
Why using the word "hate" ?
- This whole article is about getting an emotional response. Maybe we need to understand that HR people are in many cases puppets. Sometimes emotionally misguided puppets. But in the end, the management should do the hard work of hiring skilled, professional HR people, and of course, monitor their work. Too often, management people are too busy playing with themselves. Of course (luckily) this does not apply to everyone...
- —Guest Guess
Hate about HR
- What I hate about HR is how the profession discriminates, especially for positions available in HR. It's ironic that the profession that is supposed to promote diversity in the workplace is the least diverse itself. I've never seen a profession that discriminates more against men than HR. I've also never seen a profession with so many unqualified people working in it. it's mindboggling how many people who are employed in the HR profession don't know jack about HR. Then they act surprised when stories come out about how so many hate HR. If HR really wants to be respected by Corporate America and a true business partner start hiring people who actually know what they're doing. That means start hiring graduates with degrees in HR and stop employing unqualified people. Don't take the lady that the organization doesn't know what to do with so they stick her in HR. This is why so many employees and applicants hate HR because of actions like the one I just illustrated.
- —Guest Tony
- I must agree with Guest Jacob. Employers have little room to complain. This article is a bit of light hearted fun though I guess. It did make me laugh, but it is quite sad however because I assume it is serious. Why is it funny? For a start, “Their resume and cover letters contain typos, grammatical errors” please, the amount of typos I see when applying for jobs is unbelievable sometimes. The majority of reasons listed are unfair biased opinions. I am not saying they are wrong, just that they show how low life some employers are, and how they know that they can walk all over potential employees. I do see issues from both sides, and it is a bit of a vicious circle. Employers do not get back to potential employees claiming there are too many applications. So jobseekers see this and batch apply. So more jobs get more applications from people who perhaps do not fit the position but feel it is worth a chance. There is little time to do all this application work so jobseekers think and decide they hate HR.
- —Guest Mike
I was always offered a job...
- Think about what you want, not what you do not want...Think about yourself, nothing else...Focus on your goals and goals will come to take you.... You are not chosen by employers... but by the universal law: you attract what you focus upon. Its simple.
- —Guest Someone
What HRs Really Are
- Human Resources sounds like a great name doesn't it? Well it isn't and I'll tell you why. You are all human cattle to them. They are managing you the way one would manage livestock. These people are nothing short of sociopathic chattel slavers. We NEED to take our economy and government back from these people or they will continue to do with us as they please as well as create rising living costs and even lower wages.
- —Guest FBurns
- Sorry but Human Resource and recruiters are the scum of the earth. You can never please these people! If you're honest with them about your job history, it hurts you, if you embellish it hurts you as well. If you call them you're bothering them if you don't call them you're not being aggressive enough -- damned if you do, damned if you don't.
- —Guest Kurley
- Went through immigration, which took the officials a few years to complete. I have never been unemployed before. Have almost 2 decades experience as professional programmer. Now I get job offers for a THIRD of average salary. Employers interview me, tell me how great the interview is, ask me for my expectations (salary),..surprise,..average please,..and NO MORE CALLS. Working for $20K a year while deserving at least $60K is too low to accept to me. Employers want you to complete a job, better than anyone else! Pay like this and you get yourself an skilled worker. I refuse working as professional, getting paid like a burger flipper!
- —Guest Immigrant
100% fit with candidates? Unrealistic
- I've heard career counselors say that employers now, when writing ads and looking for candidates, are completely unrealistic. That the only person who would "fit" what they say they are looking for....is one of their own current employees! In other words, employers are no longer looking for someone who is a pretty good fit with their company and some transferable skills that they will train in the technical specifics of the job. Nope. They want an exact fit. Except that doesn't fit...except, in the form of their own, already-trained employees. I've heard engineers say they even run into this with interviews - engineers with PhD's and many years of experience, yet an HR person treats them as if they are incompetent because they don't have the absolute specific experience for that job. It's foolish. HR personnel often seem to lack the critical thinking skills to make that jump.They often also lack the knowledge of the work field itself, which makes them ineffectual at hiring appropriately.
- —Guest Jennifer
To Sarah/From Employer's Perspective
- Your response was thoughtful and I am not criticizing the content of it. But you mention spelling errors in cover letters etc, and you talk about evaluating "perspective" employees. Malapropisms are also a bad thing. The correct word is "prospective." It's "prospective employees," not "perspective." "Perspective" means a view of something. "Prospective" means potential, as in potential future employee.
- —Guest Jennifer
All job seekers are not created equally
- If an applicant does not care enough to send over a resume and cover letter without typos, then what does that tell me about what kind of work I can expect if we hired them? I cannot spend a ton of time looking at resumes imagining what kind of potential this person might have. It's not reality. If the applicant cannot follow the instructions on how to apply, then how can I be convinced they will actually follow instructions if we hired them? If the applicant cannot present themselves professionally in an interview, then how can I possibly think they will be a professional if we hired them?
- —Guest HR Professional
Looking for a job onine is the worst
- I hate online searching for a job. It's the worst way I've ever gone about finding a job. I've dropped out of college twice and look like an asshole on paper. I'm a smart guy in some fields and can learn quickly, but that means d**k without a degree. Sometime even the futile systems that web sites have implemented make me go insane. Filling every field on a web page that is clearly stated in my resume and CV. the process is cold and makes me feel like an absolute failure. i hate looking for jobs and feel like I'm not good enough for most of the jobs I apply for. Some days I'd rather string myself up with a belt in a doorway than search online for a "decent" job. Instead of holding out for a good job, I take shitty restaurant jobs and serve or cook food for people who seem like they enjoy life and have a breeze easy job. Rich f***ers who don't tip, or just ignorant f***s that managed to get through school and get a cushy job, but still can't manage to look me in the eye. I hate myself.
- —Guest sometimes i want to die
Employers have ZERO room to complain.
- They have no problem wasting my time, I've had a potential employer show up 2 hours late to my interview and didn't even give me 15 minutes, abruptly ended it with, "I have something important to get to." What do you think this is numbskull a leisurely chit-chat. Not to mention all the other time wasting things they do like interviewing me without reading my resume then telling me I'm under qualified, or doing worthless group interviews. The absolute worst thing they do is say, "We'll call you with more details in 2 or 3 days", then they never call you, and when you finally get fed up and call them they say, "We went in a different direction." Ok that's fine, but CALL AND LET ME KNOW! If you don't want us calling and bugging you, then keep us updated.
- —Guest Jacob
What can I do to stand out?
- I've had about 30 interviews that I am qualified for, currently employed with a similar job and have completed 16 months of voluntary work in a very similar setting to the jobs I have applied for. I haven't been successful for any of them, and every employer has called back to tell me that my interview was great, it was nothing to do with me but the person they hired has more experience. I feel very defeated and I am struggling with what my next step could be. I don't really have time to do more voluntary work as I currently have two jobs and little time. Can anyone give me any advice? Thanks.
- —Guest Sarah
HR I hope you never lose your job
- I can even understand the frustration of people who talk, text, or do not follow instructions. What I do not understand is: 1. How come your managers run late but if the applicant runs late it is a "red flag" 2. Your department says you will contact an applicant with a response but you never do. Why lie to the applicant? Don't you get upset when people lie to you? 3. How come if a person calls to see if they have the job, it is considered a "taboo". How else will he/she know if the job is still available? 4. Sometimes people do not have the interview clothing that YOU want them to have. I am not saying jeans, flip flops, etc. Sometimes a woman will not have the money to go to the beauty shop. Give her respect for trying to look the best as she can. 5. Why do you have such nasty attitudes when you greet people? What is the problem? If the last applicant made you mad, grab a coke and a smile. Try to have compassion. It's free.
- —Guest ch42