The Perils of Filling Out Job Applications

job-application-formWhile at a friend’s apartment tonight, I was reminded of how long it actually takes to fill out a job application online. Some applications can take up to an hour to complete. This would be tolerable if it wasn’t necessary for every job you would like to apply to. At times, it can be more frustrating filling out job applications than it is to stand in line at the Welfare office; which, unfortunately, is a never ending cycle that many people fall into. I want to know why someone has not created a universal application that can fit the needs of the general employer. Why should a person have to fill out the same tedious information, for example, at McDonalds, Burger King, and at Wendy’s. And never mind if you attended more than one educational institution; have more than one degree or certification; or have worked for numerous employers. Each one of these things is another section of the application that you need to fill out–for EVERY application. I can’t begin to explain how many hours went into filling out applications to find a teaching position. It has to be one of the most stressful things I have gone through. Sure, they have Monster.com and Indeed.com, but on those sites, you either submit your resume (which is filled out on their sites just like all the other applications) to each job posting you are interested in, and hardly ever get a response; or the site asks you to go to the employer’s website and fill out yet another application. It’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s hard enough to find a decent job today. Why does it need to be even harder to apply for one?