Everything and nothing happen all at once when you become a job seeker.
The transformation from employed to unemployed happens so quickly, but it comes with enough rippling effects to send any rational mind into a tailspin. Work isn’t just about showing up and getting through, after all. It’s about our livelihood. Our pride. Our future.
When work is taken away from the equation, what happens next is like a million tidal waves hitting your brain. It’s the panic of not knowing where your next paycheck will come from. It’s the self-doubt of wondering if you are good enough. It’s the curiosity and fear of the unknown and what’s next. Have you been there? Do you remember what it feels like? It sucks.
On the other side of the equation, something happens too. Something we have no control over. All of a sudden, resume gaps become an excuse and a way to eliminate a candidate from the running. Without a single question, we perpetuate lies we are told about people who take breaks from work. Some people act as if these applicants aren’t people at all; they’re unemployed, untouchable, and unworthy.
The next step is even more horrible, where most pretend people who apply to jobs don’t deserve the work - as if an eager candidate is less than a passive one simply because of the dates on their resume. I see it play out in most job postings. Most turn out as a list of random skills and requirements at best, or more than slightly offensive at worst.
But if we stopped to remember for even a moment what it feels like - I think we’d do it all a little differently. For candidates. For our people. For our future selves.
That’s what I wrote about this week - why job posts matter so much, and why it’s inconsiderate and unkind to meet a life that is changing with the buzzwords bingo scorecards we call job posts today. I’m also sharing a post about how values evolve and why employee engagement is ready for a fork.
Have a great week -