Why Job Searching is Frustrating

Job seekers and Employers are equally frustrated!

We hear it every day: “We can’t find good employees” and “I can’t get a good job”. 

Apparently, there is an undeniable gap between what employers are looking for and what they really need. The most common misconception is that employers need to fill a vacancy with someone that possesses previous work experience and skills similar to what is required for the job. 

Employers are looking for specific skills and experiences as opposed to a good attitude paired with moral attributes such as honesty, reliability, intelligence and a good work ethic.  Even with the most technical jobs, skills can be taught in a few months if these basic traits exist. That’s why many employers have revolving doors; they focus on skills rather than traits while trying to fill vacancies.

You can teach skills to anyone with these important traits, but you can’t necessarily teach these traits to someone with experience and skills. 

Job Seekers are equally guilty; they spend countless hours embellishing their resumes to match perfectly with the specific job description. If they don’t have the specific skill needed, they make it up and they manage to get the interview.  This is as far as they get.  Honesty in job searches can be quite difficult to encounter.

Many companies hire the wrong candidate based on invalid criteria. Many job seekers apply and accept the wrong jobs simply to meet their financial obligations. However, the false sense of security that employers feel after filling a vacancy and the employee after accepting a job is simply temporary and short lived. They both eventually realize that they are not a good fit for each other and the cycle starts all over. This is actually good news for recruiters and staffing agencies. Thousands of these agencies, both online and off-line, all seem to have enough business; this is proven testimony to the hiring mismatch that takes place every day. 

I am sure there are agencies out there that take pride in finding the right candidates that match perfectly with their clients’ needs and I look forward to hearing about them.


HR Consultant,

GES Contributor…