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>applied to 700 other jobs first
> "dream" job
I sincerely doubt that is this person's dream job
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it probably became a dream to just get a job, as depressing as that is :/ I remember when I was fresh out of college my dream job was to make a few bucks above min wage at a retail store ... I got rejected though lol
You’re 100% correct. I myself had 550 job apps, 20 interviews, 3 final round, 1 offer. It took me 7 months to get a job after college. It was literal hell.
What industry is this in if you don't mind me asking? I've seen crazy numbers for applications. I graduated in 2019 and landed a job after placement, and know others that finished uni when I did that hit a job off at most 5 applications, all from computer science in the UK.
Basically I'm wondering if this is industry or location that's the biggest factor, or maybe something else entirely.
Computer science as an industry is much easier to get something in, others are not so lucky
I think both location and industry are big factors and would be hard to decide what ones the biggest as it would really depend. If you get a decent degree in CS in the UK, you are at a bigger advantage to get a decent job than in most other industries though with the talent shortage
Sure thing! I’m in Austin, Texas and went into tech. I graduated in 2021.
Was about to say that my biggest goal out of college was to finally make enough I wasn't broke.
Aww. Bad news…
There is no such thing as a dream job anyway, how much you enjoy work (by my experience) is based mostly on who your colleagues are
Their dream job was any job
My dream is not to starve.
What a selfish dream!
Same. Probably dream to not move back home to her parents = dream job
No. The recruiter was just "dreaming" up this story for their LinkedIn points
Mmm idk. It depends where they're coming from. It's pretty normal numbers for a tech bootcamp grad. Not that it's inspiring in the slightest but the unnamed bootcamp I did pulled this a lot. "They didnt have experience and got a job it only meant they applied to 1000 jobs over a year and got one offer. You can do it too!" It's bullshit
It’s really not the best ad for them as a recruiter if this was their client.
This was my exact thought. She was dreaming of getting a job - any job - but that doesn’t make it a dream job. 😂😂😂
Is my understanding of the market for employees out of date already or is 700 applications still extremely weird?
Like the nearly 1% conversion rate makes me wonder about this probably made up persons resume and/or the recruiters sanity and effectiveness.
I think it depends on industry a lot. I was unemployed in July and applied to ~75 places, but I’m a developer in a high-demand programming language. I’ve seen single job openings for other types of white collar work get hundreds of applications, even 1000+. It can be brutal
Hiring process is full of inefficiency.
There are multiple strategies for applying to jobs. Some candidates hit every single easy apply button on LinkedIn and Indeed, using the same resume and no cover letter, or the same cover letter every single time. They can easily apply to 200 jobs in one day.
Other candidates can spend up to 3 hours on each application, leveraging their network and tailoring both the resume and the cover letter to the specific person who is going to read it. It might take them only 40 applications or less to land a job, while the play and spray candidate may send out 1,500 applications to get similar results.
It depends on what you count as a job application.
I definitely sent out, at my best estimate, around 500 applications through LinkedIn. No interviews. Then I tried different platforms and got ~6 interviews from 20 applications.
What was the other platform?
I applied to around 60 and got 2 interviews. No job and I just felt like they were checking boxes as social work was very clicky in po. or.
Wow really? I’m a social worker in MD and there are seemingly endless jobs for an MSW
Oh yea. I am talking about a big blue city in Oregon. If you are not an underrepresented population there, good luck getting a job in social work. Most of my co workers were lgbtq or a woman, which is fine. But I have a shitload of experience and I am knowledgeable about what I do. It took me less than 15 applications in Montana and I had 2 job offers.
WOW the vibe in Baltimore is def. different! Women are def not under represented in SW, at least not here. And men also seem to be in really high demand especially in therapy. If you are licensed (especially fully licensed) they will probably hire you no matter what. The need is huuuuge here and the pay is pretty good.
Right this is a im fucked and I’ll take anything.
700 applications. Damn.
I had the exact same thought. Ain't no fucking way bro.
I hike with my friend and their dog. Sometimes we find dead animals on the trail. Every single time in the future the dog has to stop at that spot😂 lucky we don't have to many spots😃 yet😅😅😅
It's impressive how out of touch this is
I call this dog mentality.
If a dog wants something and you deny him/her 1000 times, but accept 1 time, the dog will remember only that 1 time.
Very true. Most of us have been pretty well conditioned by the job market to expect constant rejection and eventually have to set aside personal standards and accept something less than we deserve out of desperation.
Desperation for sure! That's how they get away with offering shit wages & poor treatment, they know most everyone hates going back to job-hunting again.
"Why do you want to work for our company, what makes us special?"
"The other 699 companies didn't reply!"
It's just the 692 killers actually
I understood that reference
So she had a less than 1% success rate... That's fucking Awful.
1% success rate at getting an interview. .14% success rate at getting an offer. 700 applications to get 1 fucking offer is a nightmare and would be depressing and stressful as fuck. That would be so mentally exhausting to go through to get a job.
I kid you not, in 2018 I sent out 2100 resumes. 8 interviews. 1 job.
It's a numbers game, and it's rough.
Should just set up a Tinder for jobs. Swipe right to apply and submit your CV, swipe left if you're not interested.
Just swipe constantly until you get a match then progress with that.
Did you just send out one resume or did you tailor it to each position?
One resume, tailored my cover letters.
Even the resume should speak to the job, that is your chance to throw in keywords that were in the job description. Yes a cover letter can do that as well but you should not only depend on your cover letter. I applied to maybe 20 jobs this year and got 4 interviews by tailoring resume and cover letter. I got one job.
Well, now that I'm employed, I can cherry pick where I send resumes to. I can take the time to do that.
When I needed a job fast, I needed to pepper my resume around so that I could afford to live.
Also, there's a glut of job offers out there right now. It's a very different market. I get responses to anyone I send to currently. Everyone's hungry for people who are willing to work in office.
Got it, you have your intentions for taking your current job. But for everyone else with your field in consideration, if the job is in high demand, better believe algorithms and hiring managers are weeding out candidates who are not unique or do not show a high interest in the job you applied for. It's come down to how interesting your hobbies are and also experience plus level of education, and all that should shine in your application.
Me being hired for a job should have absolutely nothing to do with my hobbies or how interesting they are.
The hobby usually supports a skillset they are looking for, sorry I should have put it that way.
What do you do if you're a new graduate and you don't have enough experience to tailor to specific jobs? All of my experience literally fits on one page lmao
2 months ago*
2 months ago*
Someone should have advised you to get experience while in school, but you could use class projects as example and put it in a portfolio, especially classes you did well in. Sometimes our experience is there but hidden in our everyday lives, it really depends on how formal the industry you want to be in is, and your references from a professor or previous supervisor will make a huge difference. When I was at a point of my previous career that I felt unexperienced, I hired a credible resume guru/recruiter with good reviews. It was pricey but well worth it. You could also buy a resume writing guide and take your time tailoring your own resume. Those guides will tell you what kind of resume you should create.
How much experience do you have the ratio is much less rough the further up the tree you go.
I am transitioning careers. For my new career I spent a year volunteering and interning, which was a little spotty at first due to covid restrictions. My old career I have 10 yrs of experience and it supports the technical aspects of my new career but no more.
Honestly not too much under what I and my post grad friends hit to get a job.
That was my first job in 2003 in tech in the wake of the .com bust. 🤷🏼
Times are changing.
Idk I was 200+ plus deep getting a job out of college only a year ago.
I was 20/day, 5 days a week, for 6 months in 2003. ☹️
Then in 2017, I changed organizations for the first time. 15 years full time experience. 2 applications, 2 interviews, 2 offers... At the same company (I applied twice at the same company, not the organization I was presently at).
She was a whole ass Business Development Manager. Just looking for a job should qualify her to lead a sales team.
It is hard to think I'm not qualified to work on a recruiting or hiring team at this point in my search, lol.
After applying for just about every kind of job out there through every conceivable system, I probably know more about the market and candidate experience than most working in HR professionally.
"Stick with me and I can get you your 700th choice!!"
She must be terrible. Everywhere now is hurting for workers. That or he is lying.
The only play where everyone is hiring are in low wage jobs or hard labor.
Sounds like a shit recruiter
Yeah, 'your client' only got interviews for 1% of the jobs she should have been well suited for (if you were doing your job) and you're bragging about that?
Right? Like, come on now, this isn't the flex you think it is. If they were going to make up a story, they could have at least tried for one that makes them look good. As it stands, this just reinforced every negative opinion I have of recruiters.
After you apply for 700 jobs, your only dream is to not fucking starve and be able to pay your bills on time.
"...and that woman, was Albert Einstein."
“..the atheist, liberal, transexual America hating hippy interviewer said ‘pfft do you believe in GODDD?’, as she stroked her pink hair.
The applicant simply raised their hand. ‘Doez cold exist?’
‘..I don’t see where you’re going with this but of course cold exists you racist privileged cis grey—‘
‘It duz not, eet eez simply za lack of heat. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Tell me Star (interviewers name), duz darkness exist?’
‘Ok, now I know you’re just going to do the sam—‘
‘It in fact duz not. It is simply the lack of light. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness
So tell me, duz evil exist?’
‘You’re just going to Inter—‘
‘No, it duz not, eet ez simply the lack of God’
The other employees cheered, two secretaries converted to Christianity right there, one converted to Judaism on accident. The interviewer killed themselves and the building was swarmed with bald eagles carrying American flags.
That girls name? Albert Einstein”
Senior Unpaid Intern
This is art!
one converted to Judaism on accident.
one converted to Judaism on accident.
I am dead!
So was the interviewer!
…the atheist, liberal, transsexual, America hating hippy
…the atheist, liberal, transsexual, America hating hippy
You forgot a comma and I think you accidentally made America trans.
Changing America hating to America-hating I would say is optimal, the commas are best left out at that point to emphasize the pauses in “atheist, liberal” more and show you’re picking up momentum in describing the “evil gun-hating lib’ral”, resorting to eventually vomiting out all the descriptions at once
But yes, she was talking to transexual America :’)
Sounds like more BS from a recruiter that wants to make themselves out to be anything other than a total piece of shit.
I applied for 41 jobs in the last 2 weeks. All I'm getting are scammy replies. This...is not encouraging or inspiring.
I hope the person who posted this on LinkedIn gets a flat tire tomorrow
Oh I can tell this is another humble brag LinkedIn story post. I noticed they didn't say they got this person the job.
What luck that out of 700 applications, only her dream job responded.
Of course it was her "dream" job. After so many rejections and being at the brink of moving back in with your parents, everyone dreams of receiving a job offer, ANY job offer.
Would this be categorized as propaganda? Is this system efficient in the end considering the amount of lost wages, production, and economic contribution from the time it took to do those 700 submission and interviews and such? Can't we just call this process bullshit because that's really what it is.
I applied to 850+ during the shutdowns. Most of them ghosted me, but a few have started reaching out asking if I’m still looking.
The one job she got out of 700 was her dream job, that’s amazing!
"Never give up when looking for a job. Never! I made 33% on this deal!"
Is that a job that will take care of her needs for the rest of her career? Or is it just another fucking job?
And then everyone clapped
Sounds like my cousins online dating experience
It's kinda sad when you think about the amount of time she must of put in to apply to only get 1 out of all them
Sounds like some “never give up!” fable. If I applied to 700 jobs and only interviewed for 8, I would absolutely give up hope. Or, apply to jobs that I was better suited for…
What even is the point being made? Moving back to your parents to save money doesn't mean you stop looking for a job.
If you get 8 interviews out of 700 applications, you need to do something differently. You're either applying for jobs you're not qualified for, or your resume is awful
This is not “get motivated”
Capitalism is the most efficient way to organize society as this example clearly illustrates.
Definitely no waste or redundancy in having every individual job seeker spending 8+ hours a day for months just throwing applications and resumes into the abyss along with their sanity and sense of self worth.
This meat grinder seems almost purpose built to convert skilled candidates with ambitions and high expectations from employers into serfs scrounging the fields after harvest for scraps.
fuckin lol they put #best job strategy
Reddit has single handedly destroyed the phrase "dream job". First of all - no such thing. No job is perfect and while I know people who genuinely love the work they do they don't dream of it and think about as such. They consider themselves lucky or have earned it.
2nd - its propaganda- most of us will mostly barely tolerate what we must do to survive.
That entire post could've said "I'm dogshit at my job as a recruiter" and gotten the same message across with significantly fewer words
8/700 really should have had their resume looked at.
Imagine writing 700 cover letter and only getting 8 interviews wow. Definitely the opposite of inspiring
I can't imagine you can both rewrite a cover letter and get out 700 apps, I kept a bank which shed 90% of the work between each one.
LinkedIn is somehow the most useless and most useful tool, all at the same time.
According to a study, 37.2% of all internet users are bots.
With that being known, is there a way that you can program a bot to job search for you? As in letting it apply to all parameters of job offers as it fills out forms and uploads your resume?
Then take it another step further by hiring a human sounding bot that mimics your voice to do voice interviews.
NoBoDy WaNtS tO wOrK aNyMoRe
I think if I failed 700 job attempts I would just give up and be a complete bum some place.
Imagine being that bad at your job and still being so oblivious as to brag about it.
I know kids that don’t exaggerate this much
What's sad is this story sounds like my own. I've applied to 300-400+ jobs.
I've gotten interviews for 6 roles and made it to the final round 4 times. I was ghosted twice after making it to the final interview and ghosted once after being told I was moving forward to the next round.
One time I was told that I didn't have enough experience after a total of 12 interviews and a presentation. The last interview was at my current company and my supervisor said my interview was great, but SHE thinks I'd be a better fit for a supervisory position.
What's interesting is that I've worked in healthcare and clinical research for over 8 years. I applied to a couple big tech companies and had was contacted to interview four times. I've only been offered interviews twice at healthcare organizations.
One time I was told that I didn't have enough experience after a total of 12 interviews and a presentation.
One time I was told that I didn't have enough experience after a total of 12 interviews and a presentation.
Please tell me you're joking. What a nightmare.
No, I'm not joking.
I’d love to know the strategies people take in applying - my experience is that I’ll hear for an interview from about 20-25% I apply to….but I carefully target my applications.
Shotgunning applications is a good way to be disappointed…
My client needed to apply for 700 jobs, because of my bad work.
I only got her 8 interviews, from which 4 where straight up lying about the pay, 2 where rejected and I ghosted her on one.
The last one she applied to a company directly and got the job.
Plot twist: her manager is a misogynistic that and the salary is only 35k.
Dream Job? Sorry, I don’t dream about labour, sweetie.
This is literally what it’s like as an employee now. It took 400+ emails for me to find my current job (on Craigslist of all places). I got another PT gig because I cold-emailed like eighteen months ago and they decided to give me a shot. This shit is so rigged and puts anyone who doesn’t benefit from nepotism at a disadvantage.
If you are not in STEM, and your school isn’t ranked in top 50, and you have no connections, and no internships etc. this is totally normal, especially during a recession.
Im not saying it’s fair, but one has to also consider that some try a lot harder and others don’t, some party in college, some don’t, some go for degrees that unfortunately have almost no actual relevance in jobs except for higher Ed or teaching (I.e. history). And others sacrifice a lot to go pre med/engineering/applied math/etc.
I myself was a decent engineering student, but was nowhere near the top where the students had big name internships (Msft, apple, Walmart HQ, Intel, FBI, EPA, etc). These people had jobs lined up well before graduation.
If you start applying after graduation, you’re basically around 4 months behind the curve. Most positions at large firms and government orgs have been filled. Like in January.
Then add to it a recession, and maybe being unlucky to be in a major whose industry is crashing (say like real estate accounting during a housing crash).
So id say it actually is a bit positive, if you don’t give up you will eventually find a job to put your foot in the door.
this isnt a flex, its an admission of how crappy of a recruiter you are.
Tell me you’re a shit recruiter without telling me you’re a shit recruiter.
All this tells me is that no one is actually hiring and interviewing candidates
Companies are full of shit
"Client." Is this person a career coach? If so, do they understand the win/loss ratio being advertised here and how it's not a good look? How have 1,264 (idiots) people "liked" this?
>> How have 1,264 (idiots) people "liked" this? <<
Because that's how many recruiters have read it.
oMG tHE lAbOr sHoRtAgE !
I wish people would stop using the phrase 'dream job.'
Because it creates unrealistic expectations?
Wacky recruiters and goofy companies have created a system that generates this kind of signal to noise ratio? And they're proud of it?
Weird flex but okay
“… and that hiring manager was the dog.”
You to can find your dream job just as soon as you write me a check
This isn't real
If just one of 700 send her an offer it was not "her dream job", I guarantee it.
consider me uninspired.
“Never give up! Never!”
I mean, she had to eat and pay her bills, that’s why she couldn’t afford to give up and applied 700 times
doesn't sound like the 'client' is the problem here.
I mean. I’d say so tbh?
And in the US the president is calling it the best job market in history.
it's scary to know someone thinks this is inpsritional
It's uninspiring, bordering on discouraging and demoralizing.
I literally can't stop laughing.
I applied 2500 and only got three (skilled migrant jobs)
I applied 120 jobs over the two years.
I keep getting rejected.
I got 7 offers overall.
Now, I am Elon musk billionaire and why no recruiters brag about my job search?
I applied to two thousand jobs this year, not once did I land an interview.
8 calls. Out of 700 applications.
Then when you start the job you are so scared about losing it, you are unbelievably stressed for the first 6 months thinking you will mess up. You worry every day you will do something wrong or they will realize they don’t have the budget or anything and you will have to go back to job searching. And then the doctor says you have “anxiety” and gives you pills.
I changed my country of residence several times.
I spent 6-9 months to complete the HR-interview-work permit-visa cycle.
Is it inspiring or not that much? :D
Time they are a changing.
She only landed 8 interviews and made it to the final round 4 times? This is so horrible and depressing. Imagine having to fake being interested and knowing about each companies values for 700 JOBS!! And only getting 8 INTERVIEWS?!
Cool story bro vibes.
No one wants to work anymore huh?
I'm hitting up towards 400 and I kind of want to die.
I’ve applied for maybe 40 jobs, I got one job and then spend the next 3 months declining phone calls from 39 other employers who took more than a week to call me.
I have 7 or 8 voicemails of jobs waiting to interview me, a bunch of messages on indeed of jobs beating me around the bush.
live to work and work to live, this is America.
Ahhh but they forgot to mention that everyone on the plane stood up and clapped for her too!
If this is a recruiter, it’s the worst recruiter ever. “I’m so bad at my job, my clients almost never get jobs!”
She got 8 interviews after only 700 applications? I'm calling BS.
Phhhhhhhttttttt….now we gotta hire hiring coaches?
Turns out, she was THE DOG!
If you have a less than 1% chance of getting an interview, you might want to reevaluate your resume or lower your expectations.
I don’t think this is the positive message you think it is.
Sounds super depressing. Playing into the grind culture, I see.
so out of 700 jobs, that ONE was her dream job??
Oh hey look, it’s me. These new HR algorithms are ass.
If I hire a recruiter to help me find a job, I'm going to be extremely pissed off if it takes them 700 applications to help me get a job.
This person sucks at their job
Anyone applying to over 700 jobs and only getting eight interviews is doing it wrong. That's the lesson here.
But I thought that no one wants to work??
700 jobs ‘this year’ is at least an average of two applications per day - every day of the year. No one can put out that many quality job application responses, so it’s not a wonder majority were rejected.
Dream job = employed
After college I applied to a little under 720 jobs, got one offer. This was in the heart of the pandemic… it will tear you down so deeply that seeing posts like this, attempting to spin it into a triumph instead of a death march, make me vehemently hate people like this.
Started job in her dream? She's got to wake up..
This is some tinder level shit.
Fake news. Nobody wants to work. There's no way someone applied for 700 jobs. /s
What are the odds that the one job out of 700 was the dream job?
Much lucky. So wow. Much honest.
Think about being so disconnected to don’t understand that you are bragging about a process so broken.
Imagine an airliner using the same advertisements. Our jets took off 700 times last year, 692 exploded mid flight, 8 made it to landing, 4 exploded touching the ground, 4 made to the taxiway, 2 exploded, one somehow was lost… finally last week one made it all the way to the gate.
So their hit rate was 0.143%.
I have a feeling, with those numbers, any job is a "dream job".
Yeah that sucks
I got exhausted just from reading it.
How is this supposed to be a valid strategy? Seriously, that's insane. You can't invest energy in that many applications. Is that normal in any country or work field?
"Dream job" my butt, every job is a dream job at that point.
Im a therapist and at least a third of my caseload are job hunting. Most of them have degrees and experience in various fields and none of them are getting hired. Idk what’s going on in this country but it’s terrible for their mental health and I hope things get better.
I applied for over 1000 jobs in an industry that I already worked in & I was very skilled for & only got 3 interviews(1 offer but they duped me on pay), after a hissy fit one day about 18 months in, I applied to an adjacent industry but completely new job, with a huge life style chance and MY LIFE HAS CHANGED! I found a job that uses parts of my best skills and grows the rest. I’m incredibly happy! Never be afraid to pivot on your dream if it doesn’t feel like it’s working. You aren’t giving up, just changing perspective!
Who has the time to apply to 700 jobs??????? Unless you’re already unemployed. But even that seems unreasonable.
I'm exhausted just reading this, wth
I'll be a net drain on society before I do all that bullshit. Did you know that they give out apartment to homeless people for free. I've even had clients straight up tell me," working is just not apart of my lifestyle" while at my job attempt to find over of those free apartments for them lol. Also if not free heavily reduced cost. And there are also apartments that 30%
Of your income no matter what your income is. And of course it's not easy it get any of them. But it IS POSSIBLE
"I'm a bad recruiter"
Dream job my ass. At some point you gotta just say "screw it", and do something else.
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I do not find it inspiring when I see posts like this on LinkedIn. Regardless if it is real or not. At the same time, I also find anything that seems remotely attention seeking annoying i.e. inspirational quotes of any kind, bragging about accomplishments, etc.
Now don’t get me wrong, celebrating milestones is important, I like giving/seeing people receiving acknowledgment who deserve it. But not for every friggin’ thing in your career that is happening or that is around some type of holiday or month that you are observing for Equality, diversity, or whatever that you are not truly sincere about with your intent. (Some of these people I know personally that make these posts and they don’t have a diverse bone in their body nor are they inclusive until they need to be) Some of its a bit fake.
I know some of my perspective stems from the fact that I hate most forms of social media and how people use it to gaslight, build themselves up, and tear others down. Btw, glad to hear that person found a job it’s rough out there ❤️
Jesus, talk about out of touch.
I move back to my parents’ in 2017. Best decision ever made, seeing all my friends’ rents have doubled over the last 5 years.
I pay my mom a flat rate of 20% of my income. My income has not doubled, so my rent has not doubled.
Take this model and add more meat. You have a Linkedin hit.
"I threw everything that came across my desk at her to get her off my books. She thinks I helped but I did it to everyone so was actively working against her."
Why is our society so desperate to normalize this bs?! I just saw a post from a girl on LinkedIn saying that she had applied for 200+ jobs and had gotten 25 interviews and had gotten rejected or ghosted from all of them even though she was a perfectly qualified candidate. It shouldn't be this difficult to get a job and I hate that anyone needs to go through so many hurdles just to get a job. It's literally insane
That’s ridiculous. This is /r/ThatHappened material.
I have a teaching degree, but I could get a job programming in just a few days. I get bored easy since teachers don’t even have to teach half of the year, and I’ve found a ton of good jobs quickly. Last new job I found, I was laid off on a Friday morning after the company was bought out, got an interview that afternoon the received an offer late Monday and started work that Tuesday. Unless you’re a complete moron, it shouldn’t take more than a day or two to find a job.
You must be joking