- U.S. companies say they can not find workers, and there are currently more job openings than ever before.
- Job seekers tell Insider that they applied for hundreds of jobs, only to be haunted by hiring companies.
- Inability to find a job when it seems like everyone is hiring makes them feel frustrated.
Tim Glaza’s CV is almost as good as it gets.
Glaza was an eagle scout and graduated last year with honors and a degree in operations and supply chain management plus real-world experience from an internship where he tackled a $ 13 million corporate problem.
Over the past year, Glaza has managed the warehouse as a contract employee for Stellantis and helped the automaker navigate unprecedented challenges in the supply chain.
If the headlines are to be believed – Register job openings! Urgent need for supply chain experts! Hiring now! – Glaza should have its choice of potential employers.
But this week, as he has done every other week since graduating, Glaza sent yet another batch of applications in hopes of either a job or at least a clear rejection.
“I do not expect to hear from any of them,” Glaza told Insider. “It feels extremely hopeless. Like it’s exciting when I get any response back at all.”
Glaza is one of dozens of job seekers who told Insider that they have been haunted by employers over the past year as business leaders across the United States sound the alarm over a growing job crisis.
“It’s just throwing resumes out into the void and not hearing anything back,” he said.
77% of job seekers surveyed earlier this year by Indeed said they had been haunted by a potential employer since the start of the pandemic. Across the UK, 86% of workers told the job advertising site Tribepad that the ghosts of employers “made them feel depressed”, and 17% reported that they were “severely depressed.”
Andrew Dunn is another relatively recent graduate, also with a degree in supply chain management and international business. He spoke to Insider after sending a new batch of four applications early Tuesday morning.
“You sit there and go, ‘Am I doing something wrong? Is there something silly I’m missing?'” Dunn said. “Especially when I’m applying for entry-level positions. It’s entry-level. That’s actually the degree I got.”
Dunn also has quality control work management for a small brewery for $ 14 per. Hour, but he says he is severely underpaid and underutilized given his education and abilities.
Meanwhile, the global supply chain continues to get worse, with the CEO of the Port of Long Beach saying shipping is in “crisis mode”.
Christinette Dixon began applying for jobs in May 2020 when her staff of eight writers at the media exam was fired. In December, Dixon was also fired, and the 17-year medical license test she administered was eliminated.
Dixon told Insider that she has applied for more than 90 positions in the past 10 months, and went so far as to insert entire sections of a job posting in her resume and cover letter in hopes of getting through the algorithms for applicant tracking systems.
Unlike Glaza or Dunn, who have just started their careers, Dixon has led teams and mastered complex certifications in healthcare, only to have that work eliminated when priorities change.
“I’m getting depressed,” she said. “Like, my God, are those things I did not validate?”
Dixon even completed a Cornell Diversity and Inclusion certification to start a new career in this space. But she says she is being filtered out for not having five years of experience, even though she has led a particularly diverse team for four years and is Black herself.
“I have experience,” she said. “But I do not even get the chance to explain what I know.”
Dixon has become so tired of the job search that she decided to start early on her dream of retiring to open her own shipping business.
“I did my own job. I can’t wait any longer,” she said.