The 12 Pains of Job Hunting

You have heard and even sang the 12 Days of Christmas.  But have you heard about the 12 pains of job hunting?  If you have ever been in a job search, you have experienced all or some of them.  Here is my tribute to the 12 Pains of Job Hunting for you to enjoy. 

The first thing of Job hunting that’s such a pain to me
1   Is finding the opening

Job Search Frustration

Job Search Frustration

The second thing of Job Hunting that’s such a pain to me:
2 writing up resumes
1 And finding the opening

The third thing of Job Hunting that’s such a pain to me
3 Cover letters
2 which resume format

1 And finding the opening

The fourth thing of Job Hunting that’s such a pain to me
4 Sending out resumes
3 To Whom it May Concern
2 Don’t use an objective?
1 And finding the opening

The fifth thing of Job Hunting that’s such a pain to me
5 Five phone screens!
4 Fax, email or snail mail
3 How many paragraphs are enough?
2 Honors, awards, and achievements?
1 And finding the opening

The sixth thing of Job Hunting that’s such a pain to me:
6 Facing the interview
5 Five phone screens!
4 Uploading my résumé on the website
3 Cover letters don’t get read
2 Finding the keywords
1 And finding the opening

The seventh thing of Job Hunting that’s such a pain to me:
7 Networking

6 Dressing for the interview

5 Five phone screens!
4 Can’t I just walk in and hand it to someone

3 Cover letters are always read
2 Quiet please!   I’m trying to write a résumé!

1 And finding the opening
The eighth thing at Christmas that such a pain to me:
8 I know how you feel
7 Contacts

6 And what do you mean another interview
5 Five phone screens!
4 What do you it doesn’t go by fax anymore?!?
3 Some people will read cover letters
2 No lying on the résumé

1 And finding the opening
The ninth thing at Christmas that’s such a pain to me
9 I Need business cards?
8 I think you should….!!!!
7 LinkedIn
6 Researching for the interview

5 Five phone screens!
4 Typing up the résumé
3 I need a better cover letter

2 Now why are the margins different?!?!?
1 And finding the opening

The tenth thing at Christmas that’s such a pain to me:
10 Benefits Not Included
9 Why do I Need business cards?

8 How many recommendations?!
7 Speed Networking?!

6 What questions will they ask?

5 Five phone screens!
4 OH-no, sending resumes
3 Look at this another cover letter style!
2 One bullet goes wacky; they ALL go wacky!!!
1 And finding the opening
The eleventh thing of Job Hunting that’s such a pain to me:
11 Dressing for the Interview

10 No Paid Vacation

9 Where do I get Business Cards?
8 We found someone with a better fit!!
7 Who do YOU know?
6 Interviews…I hate them!
5 Five phone screens!
4 So how do I keep my résumé out of the black hole?
3 Who’s knows what color paper I should use?
2 Get the whiteout…I made a mistake!!
1 And finding the opening
The twelfth thing of Job Hunting that’s such a pain to me:
12 Never hearing back anything at all!!

11 Dressing for the Interview

10 No Paid sick time

9 What’s a VISTAPRINT?!?
8 What do you do all day?
7 Friends, relatives, and colleagues!
6 Got to write a thank you!
5 Five phone screens!
4 I’m not sending the résumé that’s it!
3 Do I really need a cover letter?

2 If one more person tells me my résumé needs work!!
1 And finding the opening

4 Comments to "The 12 Pains of Job Hunting"

  1. January 2, 2015 - 8:48 am | Permalink

    Happy New Year Arleen! That was a fun piece. After over 30 years working for the same company I find myself looking for another job. Things have changed a little over those years, you should have added in something about the key word search in there. :) Have a great year, I know I will.

  2. John Ashmore's Gravatar John Ashmore
    December 26, 2014 - 7:09 am | Permalink

    Hi Arleen
    Great piece!
    Christmas rather than job hunting ire, crept into the eight, ninth, and tenth ‘things’, ………. or was it the alcohol!!
    Have a Happy, Healthy, Positive and Rewarding 2015, and remember, you only live once, so never, ever, give up on anything.
    Cheers
    John

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