- American companies say they can’t find workers, and there are more job openings now than ever before.
- Job seekers tell Insider they’ve applied for hundreds of jobs, but have been haunted by which companies are hiring.
- The inability to find a job when it seems like everyone is hiring makes them frustrated.
Tim Glaza’s resume is about as good as it gets.
An Eagle Scout, Glaza graduated last year with Honors and a Diploma in Operations and Supply Chain Management, as well as real-world experience from an internship where he tackled the a company’s $ 13 million problem.
Over the past year, Glaza has managed inventory as a contract worker for Stellantis, helping the automaker overcome unprecedented supply chain challenges.
If The Headlines Are To Be Believed – Save Jobs! Urgent need for supply chain experts! Hire now! – Glaza should have its choice of potential employers.
But this week, as he has done every two weeks since graduating, Glaza sent out another batch of applications hoping for a job or at least a clear rejection.
“I don’t expect to hear from any of them,” Glaza told Insider. “It’s extremely desperate. For example, it’s exciting when I get a response.”
Glaza was among dozens of job seekers who told Insider they had been ghosted by employers over the past year as business leaders in the United States sounded the alarm bells about a growing labor crisis.
“It’s just throwing CVs into the void and not hearing anything back,” he said.
77% of job seekers surveyed earlier this year by Indeed said they have been ghosted by a potential employer since the start of the pandemic. In the UK, 86% of workers told job site Tribepad that ghost images of employers “left them depressed” and 17% said they felt “seriously depressed”.
Andrew Dunn is another relatively recent graduate who also holds a supply chain management and international business degree. He spoke to Insider after sending out a new batch of four entries on Tuesday morning.
“You sit there and you’re like, ‘Am I doing something wrong? Is there something stupid I’m missing?’” Dunn said. “Especially when I apply for entry-level positions. It’s the entry level. It’s actually the degree I got.”
Dunn also has quality control work for a small brewery for $ 14 an hour, but he says he is severely underpaid and underutilized given his education and abilities.
Meanwhile, global supply chain problems continue to worsen, with the executive director of the Port of Long Beach saying the shipping industry is in “crisis mode.”
Christinette Dixon started looking for a job in May 2020, when her team of eight medical exam writers were laid off. In December, Dixon was also fired and the 17-year-old medical license test she administered was scrapped.
Dixon told Insider that she has applied for over 90 positions in the past 10 months, going so far as to paste entire sections of a job posting into her resume and cover letter in the hopes to go through the algorithms of candidate tracking systems. .
Unlike Glaza or Dunn, who are just starting their careers, Dixon has led teams and mastered complex certifications in healthcare, only to then cut that job bluntly when priorities shift.
“I am depressed,” she said. “Like, oh my god, is that stuff that I haven’t validated?”
Dixon even earned a diversity and inclusion certification from Cornell in order to start a new career in this space. But she says she’s screened for not having five years of experience, even though she’s managed a particularly diverse team for four years and is Black herself.
“I have experience,” she says. “But I don’t even have a chance to explain what I know.”
Dixon is so fed up with the job search that she decided to start her dream after retirement early on of opening her own consignment business.
“I have done my own job. I can’t wait any longer,” she said.