Dear Experts, This year, just out of college, I got an entry level job that I love. I do my work thoroughly and check it several times before submitting it to my boss, but I always seem to finish much more quickly than she expects. I've been assigned work that would normally go to people who are on vacation or who didn't finish something before they went on vacation. I finish this work quickly also and on occasion have found that the person was not using the most current forms or procedures so redid those parts of the work. I am always willing to help others, and my boss has praised my work. When not busy, I read company materials and work-related materials. Now my boss tells me others in the office are complaining that I don't look busy and don't seem to have enough to do. I've been advised that, if layoffs come, my excellent work will not count as much as the perception that I have little to do. I've gotten tips for how to look busier which have nothing to do with actually getting any work done. Apparently I've stepped on some toes or unintentionally shown somebody up. How do I fit in better without compromising my work ethic? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#255 CAREFUL-THIN ICE! Ask 4 2much & boss may think UR bored-mayB lookng 4 nother job & replace U 2 shortcut a vacancy. (@RTResumePro) Q#255 I would find something that's annoying or screwed up and fix it. It helps people like you. (@beneubanks) Q#255 Boss needs to engage in managing work load in his dept. ID opps to do new things, respect est. boundaries. (@dawnbugni) Q#255 Ask boss 4 major LT assignmts; ID big need & propose solution; DON'T redo others' work, it's insult'g. (@juliaerickson) Q#255 Ask ur boss for additional work. Review comp. materials, do online research, create a new process or procedure. (@DebraWheatman) Q#255 Be wary about doing someone else's work. Some don't want to be discovered and will do anything to cover their tracks. (@gradversity) Q#255 Co's keep people who save or make money. Identify & volunteer for extra projects to impact bottom line. (@jtodonnell) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
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If you feel like many of the job postings you come across in your job search are scams, you're not alone. You are not the first job seeker to tell me they feel this way. But we have to think about where this comes from.
The Job Application Process Is A Broken System
@j.t.odonnell Replying to @nana_5075 Why job listings feel like a scam... #jobs#careers#careertok#jobtok♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
Back in the day, a company would post a job in the want ad section of a newspaper, so you'd have to open up a newspaper, read through it, write up a resume and cover letter, and snail mail your application off to them. When the idea came to post jobs online, it meant more people who were the right fit could apply. But over time, that's broken down.
Now thousands of people will apply for one job when it gets posted. And many of those job applicants are not a fit. So employers now have to hire recruiters, who are also called sourcers, to go through thousands of applicants so they can whittle it down to about 50 qualified applicants. What's the rhyme or reason they're using to select some applicants and screen others out?
This is why you don't get called—because it's just so random.
After employers get down to 50 applicants, they look through those, find a few they like, and call them. That's why only 3% of people who apply online ever hear back from companies.
It's a completely broken system, so I can see why it feels like a scam. The whole thing is flawed.
So, how do we improve this system? It starts with making better matches, getting back to a place where only the right people are applying to the employer. We actually want fewer applicants, but more of the right applicants. That's the solution. And there are hundreds of millions of dollars in this industry trying to figure it out. But the one thing we have seen is that storytelling is one of the ways to do that.
You're going to see a rise in companies telling their stories. And there's a fancy term for this in our industry. It's called employer branding. Companies will tell their stories on social media platforms like TikTok so that those stories fatefully, naturally, and organically show up in your feed. But it's not fate, right? It's the algorithm at work—and before you know it, you'll start to see companies that feel like a fit. Then you'll go over and check them out. You'll see that there's a job posted that you're fit for. And this is how this matching process will start to fine-tune itself.
Right now, yes, you're right. Those online job postings don't work. They don't work for either side. We need a better system. And storytelling is the key. So go learn how to conduct a proactive job search today so you can finally land a job and work for an employer you actually like!
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