5 Common Challenges Job Seekers Encounter In This Day and Age

Gone are the days when applicants need to go by the usual office hours of 8-5pm or 9-6pm.

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Back in the day, applying for a job wasn’t complicated. We fill out a ‘bio-data’ form and submit it to companies. However, as the economy flourishes, the harder it is to be noticed by potential employers. One must have a competitive advantage to land that dream job. Here are some of the common challenges job seekers encounters in this day and age.

5. Lack of experience

In a survey done by TheGuardian.com, 25% of the respondents answered “a lack of experience” is the toughest challenge any fresh or graduate job seekers face.

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Most often than not, companies look for someone who has work experience so they won’t have to spend money for training. Although, schools have internship programs, the companies use the interns to run errands or push paperwork instead.

4. Lifestyle discrimination

Most companies prefer single people than married with children because of the financial burden in benefits and alike.

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According to an article shared by theguardian.com, “40% of companies avoid hiring younger women to get around maternity leave.” Oftentimes, after giving birth, the worker couldn’t focus anymore because of the whole new setup at home. For more details about the survey results, read the full article here.

3. Skills and rate competition

I have bemoaned for those people who are offering lower rates, especially, for creative gigs. Some employers pay these workers to get away from tax responsibilities.

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Little do they know, that their budget is compromised once they hire someone who offers himself almost for free in exchange for mediocre results.

2. Some resources are still unstable like transportation (traffic) and internet connections.

I don’t even know where and how to expound this challenge.

These Photos Exhibit the Terrible Traffic Commuters Have to Brave Everyday

The traffic and slow connection issues are prevalent here in the Philippines.

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For returning online worker, the number one requirement is a fast internet connection, and if your area doesn’t comply, there goes your opportunity to provide for your family.

1. Limited opportunities

Have you ever wished companies would accept applicants even after office hours?

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While other companies are still accustomed to the system, at least there’s a company that’s about to change the game in human resources: VXI has 24/7 Non-stop recruitment. Click this link for more details.

Although, I’m a morning person, the benefits of extending the recruitment hours is vital. Why? Two reasons: (1) Our lifestyle is constantly changing and (2) traffic is inevitable.

Essentially, workers nowadays want freedom. They know what they want and they know what to do. For them – or anyone, actually – opportunities must be limitless.

In the word of Ray Kroc, the man behind the McDonald’s success: “You don’t build a business. You build people and then people build the business.”

How about you: What’s your common challenge when applying for a job nowadays? We’d love to hear your thoughts.






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