I've met some job seekers who I can only describe as great characters for a motion picture comedy. I wish sometimes I could record these individuals and post them here so all you Careerealists could offer them advice - I guarantee there would be a field day in the comment section! That being said, I thought I'd throw up some examples of the silly job seekers I've encountered.
The ExcusinatorThese job seekers have an excuse for EVERYTHING. They don't apply for any positions because they write-off job after job for the littlest things. Combined with their incredible ability to procrastinate, they are shocked when yet another week has gone by and they haven't made any progress on their job search.
The Mind-Melding Thinkster
These job seekers assume their telepathic powers and mental superiority will enable them to persuade people to offer them jobs. While they say or do nothing, they sincerely believe employers will figure out they are the perfect candidate for the job. And why not? They've spent the last two months locked in their house, not talking to anyone, so they could use their super-human brain capabilities to design their resume. They are convinced a mere glance at their credentials should get them the interview.
The Mind-Melding Thinksters are shocked when they complete 100+ online applications and don't hear back from a single employer. Forget networking to find someone they know at the company, or even picking up the phone and making a follow-up call to see where the company is in the hiring process - this job seeker doesn't want to actually have to communicate with anyone to get the job.