Job Hunt

// Posted by on 01/27/2013 (10:33 AM)

Getting closer to being done with university, anxieties may arise. Especially the dreaded hunt for a job. Did you have the right education? Do you have all the skills needed?  and most of all, What do you want to do the rest of your life?
It makes it even harder when you have to start looking in your last semester, you are busy with your last courses and doing the last fun activities as a student, you do not want to search for a job.  However, there will be a point you have to start looking, how will you do that?

When someone wanted a job, they would search in papers and send in their resumes. Often you had to go out and ask around if there was a job available. However, with the new digital age it is easy to look for jobs online and just email the resume. Also, there are different companies now: software companies, internet companies etc.. Instead of going out of your house one can just stay inside and search from behind their desks.

Even though it is easy to search from within your place, people still need incentives to look for jobs, whether it is a good salary, the location, people who work there or just the idea of giving back to the community. Everyone needs to be able to provide for themselves and find a job that suits their interests best. However, I found an article online that said that people’s incentives are not the only thing that matter. Companies compete for different employees and to make their company more appealing there are different tactics used in order to make people want to apply at that place.

Reading the article on Wired, it seemed that nowadays people are more eager to work for a company who makes the workplace look fun. With free food and video games the application process is more appealing and might attract more people than with the traditional tactics.

[ the new workplace?] 

Did this change because of the new options technologically,  or do people need more incentives nowadays in order to get them to work for a company?  Should work be fun, or is it enough if it provides the family with a house and food?

Personally, I think the main reason that people work is so that they are independent and can make a living. Now that there are so many options to make a job application different than others, it does make it more interesting if the company uses all those resources. Maybe free food is not really a good reason you want to work there, but all the little extras make it more fun. A puzzle to show your different capabilities is an interesting way of applying, especially since it is a data company. I think the companies should have an application process linked to their company, so people will are more interested in applying and so they know which potential skills are needed.


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clandesberg said...

I read this same article in Wired and believe that workplace’s are trying to find ways to portray themselves in a different light, or perhaps appeal to more job-seekers. With such a vast range of companies to choose from these days, one firm needs to set itself apart from the standard in order to make them look more attractive. In a lot of cases, job-seekers are just as much evaluating potential companies and they are being evaluated themselves. In this way, I think its interesting and somewhat encouraging that companies are taking an interest in making the work space a more friendly environment for employees. A healthy work community could lead to increased productivity of workers.

// 01/29/2013 at 11:32 pm

Sam said...

I can really only post this by qualifying it first: I’m definitely more cynical and biased when it comes to anything application-related because of my (thankfully) recently ending law school admissions process. I think that process draws a lot of similarities to a job hunt. Numerous law schools have been sued in the past couple years for inflating their employment statistics in order to increase applications to the school, get more intelligent applicants, and ultimately improve their reputation and ranking. There is no question that parallels can be drawn between law school marketing and job marketing. I completely agree with you, Jorien. Advertising jobs as “fun” is a great marketing tactic to increase application numbers and perhaps even attract more intelligent applicants. I’m skeptical.

// 01/30/2013 at 3:27 pm

Andrew said...

I’ve seen a ton of cool pictures and articles regarding the work environments of Zynga, Pixar, Google, etc. Bicycles, video games, painting…the works. However, the people who were hired by the aforementioned companies most likely did not pick those jobs based on the number of bean bags and candy machines they have. I feel that these types of companies utilize these “extras” not as incentives, but as perks for exceptional employees that can foster creativity. I don’t think people should try and find jobs based on what would be easiest or most entertaining; rather, I think that prospective applicants should figure out what their particular skill set is and try to find a fun company to put their talents to good use.

// 01/31/2013 at 12:29 am