After school, and NSS, most people transition into the realm of being unemployed. Some are barely unemployed and then they find a job, and for others, it takes a little longer. No matter how long it takes, when you’re unemployed, there are some things that make you want to scream because of just how irritating they are. Here are the ones that made the list.
People Asking How Your Job Search Is Going
Asking how the job search is going is not bad, but you know Ghanaians. Tact isn’t always our strongest suit. That’s how you’ll be having a good day and then one of your parents’ friends will tell you that you’re not praying enough and that’s why you don’t have a job yet.
Having A Job Hunt Crisis
Another not so fun thing about the job search is getting down on yourself. Sometimes all the rejection and not hearing back gets to you. Those emotional lows are definitely not fun, and support from people who aren’t going through it doesn’t really help.
Hearing About Talent Shortages
Sometimes, you’ll be on social media and you’ll find people talking about how there are positions in their companies that aren’t being filled. That whole thing is so annoying because there are literally so many unemployed people. Just hire some of those unemployed people??
Companies That Want So Many Degrees
Another discouraging thing about job searching is the fact some job descriptions ask for so much. They want this certification, that degree—sometimes even degrees you’ve never heard of. And obviously, the people who are suited to those jobs will apply for them. But it’s still annoying constantly seeing jobs that you are grossly unqualified for.
The Years Of Experience
It’s unnerving that you need work experience to get work experience. Sometimes, even internships require experience. Where are we supposed to get that experience from if you won’t hire us because we don’t have experience?
Another stressful part of the job search process is going for interviews. Every time that you have an interview, you have to go to the company’s offices. And if you’re not familiar with the area, there’s a big chance that you’re going to have trouble finding the place. Sometimes, some companies are located in places that require you to take multiple cars before you get there.
Okay, so now you’ve gone through all the uncomfortable things, and you finally managed to land the job. And then … they show you the pay. You would be surprised at how low the salaries for some entry-level positions in Ghana are. How can a whole graduate take 300 to 500 cedis a month?
Nailing The Interview But Not Getting The Job
This always feels personal. You finished and you had a great interview. Maybe you even connected with the interviewers. And after the interview, you are told that you’re going to hear back from them soon. This gets you excited because you think that you’re going to get the job. And then … you don’t get it.
By now, you’ve heard the expression, “it’s not what you know, but who you know that matters.” Yes, networking is an important aspect of landing a job. However, constantly going to seminars and conferences, and reaching out to people on LinkedIn can be draining.
Not Hearing Back After An Interview
Even when a company calls to tell you that they went with someone else, it would be better than leaving you to think about all the reasons why you’re not being called. Having to reject yourself shouldn’t be part of all the unemployment stress that’s there already.
Tailoring Your CV
Finally, it is highly encouraged that you tailor your CV to every role that you apply for. But continuously doing that for multiple jobs and then not landing them can be exhausting.