Applications are piss easy to do. It's always the same shit honestly. If you have an auto fill on your browser you can hammer out an app in maybe ten minutes. Nobody calls references anymore, it's a huge rarity. Plus since we're coming off of a recession where countless businesses have died, faking previous employment is easy as shit, just put down that you worked at that hardware store down the street that closed in 2011, or that fish pier that burned down a few years back, at least until you get enough good real employment for your record.
What pisses me off is two things: online applications, and interviews.
Online applications basically filter apps for incredibly lazy HR reps. Gone are the days of calling a place and asking if they looked at your application. Everyone in my family says "oh just call them" when half the time there isn't even a number, the other half they get annoyed with you for calling at all. Whenever a place offers paper applications I GO FOR IT because it increases the chances they will actually be arsed to look at the fucking thing since they can't just F9 the stack.
Interviews require some sort of social ability. I came up with a persona to get through this, but it's still incredibly difficult. Why does one need to be able to conduct some sort of social bullshit to become a dishwasher or cookie packer or some shit anyway?
As for me, I'm stuck in a freeter cycle with a seasonal business, a local amusement park. They don't have to offer benefits for full time work since they are seasonal, and every year after the season ends I look for a job, but always have issues trying to get a job, and once that email rolls in around March I pretty much have no choice but to go back to them for another summer of dealing with shitty brat teenagers and running ageing amusement rides for just over $8/hr.
Also, tips: people with the qualifications that job listings "require" will almost never apply for those jobs. That trend is a holdover from the recession. Now that employment is higher, employers are used to selling the position high because they were inundated with applications and had to limit the pool. Requiring sanitation cert for janitorial jobs or x years retail experience for a stocking job were done because there we
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