It’s been over 12 years since I applied for a professional position, and don’t get me wrong, I am glad to say goodbye to watermarked cotton fiber paper resumes sent in physical envelopes. But holy crap, is it tedious to apply to some outfits online. I’m currently working on an application that requires me to upload a resume and cover letter, but also demands that I painstakingly recreate my resume through their handy 152-step process, with additional requirements such as delineating my education down to the number of credit hours I completed at each school!
It’s hard enough to work on a decent resume and craft a cover letter for each individual job. When I have to commit hours to filling in online forms as well, for a job that (let’s face it) I have a very low chance of even getting an interview for, it’s rather disheartening. It makes me want to avoid shooting for the stars and simply apply for things I’m clearly overqualified for, so I’m not wasting my time.
I’m lucky I have a spouse earning plenty of money to run our household, because I can’t imagine how frustrating and scary it would be to have to deal with all this rigamarole when you’re trying to find something to pay the bills and buy groceries!