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It’s easy to feel solitary in this situation or to perceive it as your responsibility. But one recruiter has a message for professionals: “It’s not your fault, it’s theirs.”
One recruiter delineated the abnormality of the current job market.
Even experts concur that our job market is unfavorable and it’s deteriorating. The news of consecutive layoffs and intensifying competition in job applications makes finding and retaining a job a formidable task.
Amidst this upheaval, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, particularly when experts, economists, politicians, and news reports incessantly declare that the economy is flourishing and the job market is at its peak. It leads to only one conclusion – you are the issue.
However, recruiter and job market specialist Brian Creeley dismisses this notion as insincere. In a recent post on LinkedIn, he detailed the peculiarity of the job market and, in a subsequent video, revealed the true reasons behind this peculiarity.
The recruiter exposed various ‘abnormal’ aspects of our present job market that are causing distress to all.
“It’s abnormal to compete with 2,000 other candidates for a job,” Creeley wrote in a LinkedIn post. “It is abnormal to undergo seven interview rounds (only to be ignored).”
He further stated, “It’s abnormal to be terminated from your job a month after being promoted. It’s abnormal to be pressured into working for free to prove your worth and then to face termination threats if you refuse. “
Creeley’s post resonated with many. Several people in the comments disclosed that they had encountered exactly what he described. A TikToker shared Creeley’s post on the app, emphasizing that his perspective is “extremely crucial” for those facing job hunting difficulties or job loss.
These comments were filled with individuals with insights about the current job market. So, what is the real situation? There are numerous factors, none of which are positive.
He asserts that the upbeat economic and job reports are not portraying the complete picture, and employers are capitalizing on this confusion.
“I’ve spent the majority of the past 20 years as a corporate recruiter and I’ve never witnessed such despondency in the job market,” Creeley stated in a YouTube video highlighting the peculiar nature of our current job market.
He disclosed that the positive reports we frequently hear about the job market and the volume of job openings do not align with other indicators, such as waves of layoffs, particularly targeting recruiting teams, as witnessed in companies like Google.
Another factor contributing to the distorted job market figures is the emerging trend of fake job vacancies, which companies post for various reasons, including presenting a false picture of company expansion.
These two factors combine in a way that, as Creeley mentioned, “a job that might have typically garnered 100 applications is now attracting a thousand applications,” and a substantial portion of these jobs are not even genuine. Even those that are genuine are often dubious. Creeley noted that companies are laying off employees and swiftly reposting the same positions as contractual or short-term assignments.
To exacerbate the situation, the large pool of job seekers means that employers are “extremely selective” in their hiring. This is why many candidates experience multiple interview rounds only to be ignored, or they receive an offer that is retracted at the last minute. With the surplus of candidates, ultimately, it doesn’t make a difference.
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So, What Measures Can You Take to Confront These Challenges?
While we all wish for miraculous solutions, Creeley indicates that the ultimate strategy comes down to traditional networking, enabling you to bypass recruiters and their peculiar, unjust procedures entirely.
“Those who secure jobs swiftly are those who effectively leverage their networks,” he emphasized. If networking isn’t your forte, Creeley recommends engaging coaches or enrolling in online courses related to resume optimization and utilizing LinkedIn to your advantage. Anything that will make you stand out.
More importantly, he urged job seekers and those facing career struggles not to “internalize these issues” and fall into the trap of blaming themselves. As he aptly conveyed in his LinkedIn post, “It’s not you. It’s them.”
John Sundholm is a news and entertainment writer covering pop culture, social justice, and human interest topics.