If you’re looking for a job, you’ve probably felt it, and if not, you’ve certainly heard about it. Today’s job market feels like a nightmare on a level we’ve never seen before.
It’s easy to feel alone in this situation and feel like it’s your fault. But one recruiter has a message for professionals: “It’s not you, it’s them.”
One recruiter explained how the current job market is not normal.
Even experts agree that our job market is not in good shape and appears to be only getting worse. As one round of layoffs hits the news, the competition for jobs seems more insurmountable than ever, and the prospects for finding and keeping a job become daunting.
It’s easy to feel the gas in such turmoil, especially as experts, economists, politicians, and news articles constantly tell us that the economy is booming and the job market is as active as ever. He has only one conclusion left. The problem is with you.
But recruiter and job market expert Brian Creeley calls that idea fraudulent. In his recent LinkedIn post, he shared how weird the job market has become, and in a follow-up video he revealed what the heck is behind this infuriating weirdness.
Recruiters pointed out some “unusual” things about the current job market that are driving us all crazy.
“It’s not normal to be competing against 2,000 other candidates.” [bad] “It’s work,” Creeley wrote in a LinkedIn post. “It’s not normal to go through seven interviews (and end up being ghosted).”
“It’s not normal to be fired a month after being promoted. It’s not normal to be embarrassed by refusing to work for free to prove yourself,” he continued, adding that it’s not normal to have a job offer rescinded, etc. , added other commonly reported experiences. A last-minute reinstatement order with the threat of dismissal.
Creely’s post definitely resonated. Some of the commenters reported experiencing exactly what he described. One TikToker shared Creeley’s post on the app, saying his views were “very important” to people who are “struggling to find or lose a job.”
Her comments were also filled with people confused by the current job market. What on earth is going on? There are several things, none of which are good.
He said strong economic and employment reports don’t tell the whole story and that employers are using the turmoil to their advantage.
“I’ve spent the better part of the last 20 years as a corporate recruiter, and I’ve never seen a job market so filled with wishful thinking,” Creeley said in a YouTube video. He talked about how strange the job market is.
He argues that the glowing reports we constantly hear about the job market and job numbers are being replaced by waves of layoffs, such as those occurring at companies like Google, and waves of layoffs that specifically target recruiting teams. He said that it does not match the indicators at all.
Are there other factors that are unduly inflating the job market numbers? An emerging trend of fake job openings posted by companies for a variety of reasons, including as a way to give the false impression that the company is growing.
These two forces combine to mean, as Creeley puts it, “jobs that in a normal job market might only get 100 applications now get 1,000 applications.” Many of those jobs aren’t even real. Even if it is genuine, it is often suspicious. Creeley said businesses are also laying off workers.[turning] come back soon, [posting] It’s the same job as a contract or short-term assignment. ”
To make matters worse, the sheer number of people looking for jobs means employers actually looking for jobs. teeth Recruitment “can be extraordinarily picky.” This is part of the reason why so many people end up being ghosted after multiple interviews, or get an offer but have it withdrawn at the last minute. There are plenty of candidates, so it doesn’t really matter in the end.
So what can we do to counter all this?
Well, we all wish there was a magic solution, but Creeley believes that ultimately, you can “skip the recruiter” and skip all their weird and unfair processes. I said it comes down to good old-fashioned networking that can be avoided.
“The people who are getting these jobs quickly are the ones who are leveraging their networks very effectively,” he said. If that’s not your forte, Creeley suggested hiring a coach or taking his courses online on things like resume optimization and how to leverage LinkedIn. Anything that helps you stand out.
But perhaps most importantly, he urged job seekers and people struggling in their careers not to “internalize these issues” and go down the rabbit hole of blaming themselves. . As he aptly stated in his LinkedIn post, “It’s not you. It’s them.”
John Sundholm is a news and entertainment writer covering topics related to pop culture, social justice, and the good of humanity.