The Unknown Job Applicant

If you’ve been out of work for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly heard the old adage: “Job hunting is a full-time job,” or some variation of it at least. I’ve been thinking about that for the last few days, and while I understand the sentiment, I think the analogy is wrong.

You see, if job-hunting was an actual job, you’d get paid for it, and I don’t know anyone that gets paid to look for a job. The relationship between job-hunter and job-hirer is not that equitable; it’s much more like trained-monkey performing on the street corner and passer-by.

If you’ve been to almost any city, you’ve likely encountered a busker or two, performing for tips in the busiest parts of town. Sometimes they draw a crowd, many times they do not. Sometimes a passer-by will drop a few coins in the busker’s hat, many times they don’t. That’s…

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