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Letter to the editor: Job search online has proved troublesome

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 12:01 am

Since April 19, I have been jobless for the first time in my life. My new career has been finding a job. After all the years I have put in with my trade, my expertise means nothing.

The only success I am having is becoming a professional Internet searcher, resume tweaker and cover-letter writer.

The job search companies who make money off U.S. citizens are really smart, but not accommodating to their applicants. It is a serious subject as it is just clogging up our Internet usage, computer storage and creating traffic for scammers.

I began by using the free option, which does not allow you to thoroughly see the job. You can apply for jobs whether you are using the free option, or the $29.99 per month option, but you cannot see the whole job description if you do not pay. The question is, “Why would I pay when I get no response anyway?”

The unemployment office is paying our jobless citizens to apply for three jobs a week. I have applied for over 250 jobs using the Internet job finders companies, head hunters and also directly on the websites of companies who list their “career opportunities”

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Career opportunities, you say? My career is applying for jobs. Not to mention reading the dozens and dozens of emails I get from these places listing my daily job matches such as Careerbuilder, Indeed, Simply Hired, The Ladders, Jobs4U, Apply4jobs, LoopNet, TweetMyJobs, Jobs2Careers, Monster, iHirePrinting, Wullo, Jobungo, PrintWorkers, jobalerts, Indianacareerconnect, snagajob, jobs@resumespider, KuderJourney and hundreds more.

In the beginning of my journey, every time my phone would buzz (a new email), I was excited, and could not wait until I got to my email to see what interview I had waiting for me to schedule. As time went by, realizing nobody gets back to you, I started ignoring the buzz. I have received approximately five replies.

It is no wonder people get caught up in scams because there are scammers on every one of these job search sites. It is the only positive feedback the applicants get, and they get roped in from the positive words the scammers send to them.

Come on, this is serious! I go to the unemployment office, and all of these people who cannot afford computers are in line to use theirs, and I am certain that some of them are spending their last dime for these job search sites where you have no idea where your resume is going and never hear any response unless it’s a scam. Perhaps the government needs to look at where this country is going with how to find a job rather than other issues like how many are unemployed.

Let’s get the economy moving in our area. That is exactly what I am going to do. I’m sure I will not make a dent. However, I will be employed, and off the constipated bowels of the Internet.

Kim Reed