Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan
Job-hunting has never been a walk in the park, and now it is harder than it was before. The economy is better but employers do a terrible job of recruiting.
Their processes are too often slow and insulting. It can be very frustrating to wait around for weeks as employers figure out which candidate they want to hire.
It’s very hard on a job-seeker to deal with the nonsense built into the standard corporate or institutional hiring process.
These days you are likely to have better luck getting a job through the side door by using a Pain Letter and your Human-Voiced Resume to reach your hiring manager directly than by lobbing applications into faceless, automated recruiting portals.
It is exciting to get the phone call or email message that says “We want to interview you.” It’s a big step forward. Before you were invited for a live interview, you may have been competing for the job with 75 or 150 other people.
Now there may be five or six other people in the mix. You have a good chance of getting a job offer.
It’s exhilarating to be invited for a job interview, but there is a danger to watch out for, too! You can start to become so attached to the opportunity that you put blinders on yourself.
You can miss the signals that are trying to tell you “This is not the job for you!”
The signals will be there, but you can miss them because you’re excited to have a shot at a new job. Not every employer deserves you, though. Pay attention to the signals that say “Get out of here, and spend your time searching for an employer you can respect!”