I just refreshed my email for the fourth time this hour. Why you ask? Well, I’m waiting for an offer letter from a company I’m really excited to work for. I’m a registered behavioral therapist which, basically means I work one-on-one with children who have been diagnosed with Autism. I provide services known as ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). ABA relies on systematic manipulations of the environment to modify behavior. For example, if a child hits his mom when he wants a piece of candy, my job is to manipulate the behavior of his mom (or other parts of the environment), in order to decrease the hitting behavior. This also includes teaching the child to ask for candy in an appropriate way.
Passion and patience are definitely required skills for this occupation. Most days are rewarding, action-packed, and upbeat. While others leave you feeling defeated and exhausted. Some nights I drive an hour home covered in 10-year-old urine and new bite marks on my arm but it’s all worth it in the long run!
Some nights I drive an hour home covered in 10-year old urine and new bite marks on my arm but it’s all worth it in the long run!Tweet
Not only is my passion for my career unmatched, I’m also a natural and it shows (so I’ve been told). With this amount of skill and dedication, one would think I’d have my pick of companies to work for? Wrong.
Overly qualified and struggling
I knew it was bad. At least I thought I knew how bad it was, I was wrong. The job market is even worse than I remember. Not only are employers not offering decent salaries or hourly wages but when using employment websites like Indeed.com, employers aren’t even required to list what salary range said job offers. So, what I am understanding is this: I need to have a Master’s Degree, five years of experience in the related field, specialized training, and a positive attitude. Meanwhile, they can get away with keeping me in the dark about finances until after the interview?
I get it, I need to jump through a few hoops before an employer will even hint at the amount of money I’ll be making. Which hoops would they prefer? First, second, or third interviews? What about being required to fill out a job application immediately after being asked for your resume that contains the exact same information? How about a drug test and fingerprinting? I’ll do it all! As soon as I’m done, will they tell me if I’ll earn $40,000 or $45,000 a year? Please, can you also tell me about the limited health insurance options too? Why do we all pretend like this is acceptable and fair?
What doesn’t make sense is that the information needed on the application is exactly what is already written in your resume.”Tweet
I really need a job so I begrudgingly filled out the five-page application. I am feeling relieved because I’m so close to the end and then I notice something so defeating… There is a “work history” section with over ten blanks. Ten! Am I really expected to list jobs for the last ten years when all one needs to do is scroll down on the word document to view this exact info listed on my resume! I was honestly so fed up. So, I did a bit of research to calm myself and find answers. While searching Google, I came across an article titled, “8 Ways Your Resume is Annoying Employers.” Really? Maybe an article about employers and the annoying hiring process would have been a better fit.
A resume and an application? What is the actual motivation behind this annoying and seemingly unnecessary step?Tweet
playing the game and landing the job
According to Indeed.com, employers ask for both an application and a resume because an application is easier to pick out the required information from. Apparently, it is “easier for employers” to look at an application because the application is presented in a uniform format. An application is more straightforward than a resume and the exact same questions are asked of every employee. This certainly makes it easier to compare candidates for the position. It also means that on the other hand, when employers are sent resumes, they have to shuffle through multiple pages of information and hunt for what they need.
My question is, if an application is easier for an employer to get information from, why not just use applications alone? That would save time, paper and frustrations for everyone involved. Well, it doesn’t just end there. Employers also require applications because some information that they need is not included in the resume. Information like starting/ending salary, driver’s license numbers, and social security numbers are typically not included in resumes.
Learning this initially made me feel more understanding toward employers and how the system works but after a while, I just got frustrated all over again. This prompted me to continue digging and I found out a bit more. Applications are also important because they give candidates an opportunity to sign off on background checks if hired.
The application is needed for things that aren’t on the resume and the resume is needed for information not included on the application. Got it? I hope so because honestly, I’m still confused. After this research and recent personal experiences, I have concluded that employers would prefer to have us, as employees, put forth the extra time and effort so that they spare themselves from digging through resumes. Which, still seems unfair to me but that’s just capitalism right?
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