I am planning on moving to a different country and "throwing" myself back into the job market. I have been putting out feelers to see what kind of opportunities are available out there and have been rather disappointed. Although there are plenty of jobs out there, they are all advertised from the perspective of the employer only, i.e. they put the emphasis on "what is required for the position" rather than "what is offered to the job seeker". My biggest problem as a job seeker is not finding a job I can do, but finding a job I would want to do...
Looking at the employment agency web sites or at specialised job-sites, I see a pattern that does not match the reality of the market. I know I have literally hundreds of jobs to choose from, yet none of the services allow me to *choose*. Why is it that the search facilities are more focused on the job title and keyword-skills I would need to do the job, instead of the benefits, salaries, opportunities, training packages etc. that should be "enticing" me.
Last time I tried to "find" a job (about 4 years ago), I found about 1000 postings, went to about 15 interviews, got 15 offers, and started a free-lance business because none of the jobs interested me.
It is no longer only about money. Employers are busy out-biding each other, ignoring the fact that most of us our looking for job satisfaction, stimulation and other factors.
Some of us value the "fun factor" more than the money.
Many job sites offer a facility to "post a resume". What about the companies posting a resume as well? How am I supposed to choose from thousands of job offers, avoiding wasted time?
On a more personal level, you can go to a head-hunter or an employment agency to get a more "custom" approach. Even in this case however (as a head-hunter recently told me), they are generally "looking for people" rather than looking for jobs. As the name implies, a head-hunter will try to find a candidate for a job, not a job for a candidate. Even the term "candidate" always applies to the employee, whereas nowadays it should apply to the employer!
In a way, the problem is that we have become much more "picky" while the employment industry is still about finding a job (any job!). What I want, is to find a *great* job. I intend to interview the employer, not the other way around. I am not getting much help though.
I think it is about time the employment industry realises this isn't a "temporary shortage". The entire economy of the world is shifting and there aren't enough capable technical people.
I would like to see some major changes in the way jobs are sought and offered. One such change would be to have more people acting as agents (very much in the way talent agents work). Such an agent would interview me, trying to find out what kind of employer I am looking for, and go out and find me a dozen *interesting* positions for me to research further. I have yet to find anyone doing this, and would welcome any pointers or hints.
I am getting very frustrated, wading through thousands of job postings and finding it very difficult to differentiate one from the other. I also find it difficult to put myself in a "category" (slap a label on my forehead) and look for jobs with specific titles. Like many people in this business I have a wide range of skills which may not fit in any particular category.
Anyone have any recommendations?