To the Back of the Line

UnknownIt’s almost time to head to the back of the line. This happens a lot throughout life. You work your way up through the ranks, and get to remain at the top for a very short time before your run is over, and it’s back to square one. It happens from junior high to high school, and then again from high school to college.

Those both happen in a 4-year span though, the rise through the job and employment world is typically much longer. Applying to jobs seems like a process that a very mean-spirited person came up with. A lot, actually almost all of them are very impersonal application processes, usually just involving the uploading of a resume and a very generic cover letter. It’s obviously much easier for employers to sift through applications when they can view them all from their desktop by the click of a mouse.

There’s just something about applying to a job in person that makes it different, you put a face to an application, even though it shouldn’t matter what the person looks like, it should be based on ability, and credentials, I still think you can make an impact on the job by applying and handing off the application in person.

On the other hand it’s easier to apply to a lot of places in a short amount of time, because I can do it quicker on my end, too. There’s no filling them out all by hand, it’s very easy. A lot of them say add something unique that will make you stand out from the other applications, but when you’ve just looked through 50 of them as an employer, is there really anything that’s going to stand out to you at that point?

It’s frustrating, and I still have about 10 weeks left of school, and not currently in need of a job, but the time is approaching. I’m honestly surprised I’ve already applied to as many places as I have, so I guess that’s a good start. Having a job by the time I have my diploma is the goal.

Aaron J. Boma 2012 DTHS Graduate and ISU Senior