Five Reasons Job Seekers Are (More) Frustrated Than Ever

9 Oct

Since the economy crashed in 2008, the unemployment rates have skyrocketed. Though the official number is now just above eight percent, there are plenty more Americans in need of work—they’ve just given up. For those that continue to seek employment, times are more frustrating than ever before.


Though the job market is slowly improving, the number of jobs that do open up are still far fewer than the number of people seeking employment. Job seekers are getting fed up with the obstacles in their paths, and here’s why.


  1. Multiple layoffs and cutbacks—a huge amount of people got laid off right away in 2008. Many others had hours or wages cut back, or workloads added onto to make up for others leaving. And some of those who managed to find work again have sometimes been laid off again.
  2. Job to candidate ratios—there are far more candidates than there are jobs. Not only is there more competition, but also there are lots of very highly qualified people searching for jobs. It’s hard to get a job you are qualified for because there will invariably be someone more qualified than you.
  3. Grueling interview processes—more than ever, interview processes are long and grueling. Often there are phone screening, surveys, tests, and multiple on-site interviews. This can be discouraging, especially when, after months of hard work, you’re told they have gone with another candidate.
  4. A rollercoaster ride—because it often takes months, sometimes years to find full-time employment, many are forced to take on odd jobs and part-time work just to get by. This can be frustrating for a number of reasons. First of all, it’s probably not in the candidate’s preferred field, so they’re not furthering their career goals. And second, these jobs are often temporary and unpredictable, causing extra stress and uncertainty.
  5. The loss of unions—because of the loss of job unions, employees no longer have collective bargaining rights. Basically, employers offer a deal and say “take it or leave it,” and that’s it.



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