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Even without covid, it seems like jobs are getting harder and harder to find. Why is this?

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How do you know “even without COVID”? In what world does COVID not exist...

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Even before* covid I mean

How do you define “harder to find?” Fewer postings overall? Less interesting positions available? Something else?

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Interesting... it’s not something I have insight into today given my present position, but before I transitioned out of big firm life there appeared to be a distinct line with candidates. Very few were middle of the road, they were either definite yes or no. Are you still finding opportunities but not landing them? Might be time to look at your approach and pitch vs the market’s ask.

Given the historically low unemployment rate before COVID, I don't agree with you on that one, but I can sense where you're coming from. One reality of living in the internet world is that everyone has access to cool stuff right away. If a cool job gets posted, everyone from around the country can see the job posting while sitting on the toilet, and easily apply with a few clicks. If a good job posting appeared in the 'help wanted' section of a newspaper in a mid-sized city in the '90s, not that many people would apply. Now, tons of people can apply right away, you are competing against a much larger pool of candidates for any one posting compared to 20ish years ago. But on the flipside, it's now FAR easier to apply to a ton of jobs a day, and to do a ton of networking a day. I can click "Add as Connection" to dozens of recruiters in an hour, and send them each my resume in a matter of seconds (thanks to using a "draft duplicator" feature on gmail). Compared to the pre-internet days, I can connect with far more people in any given day than I could back in the '90s. Think about how difficult applying to a job was in the '90s. You might've had to go in person to a company, or pay postage to mail them a cover letter and resume, etc. Now, thanks to the 'easy apply' feature on Indeed and LinkedIn, you can apply to a bunch of jobs at once. You can use a status update on LinkedIn (which takes a minute to do) to let people know that you're looking for a job, and hundreds or thousands of people might see that post; that wasn't possible before technology. So yes, in the modern world, due to tech,you have much more competition for any one role, but it's also much easier to quickly apply to a ton of roles and to quickly get your resume in front of a bunch of people.

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I'll also add this: just because you don't get into a prestigious company right out of college doesn't mean that the door is closed for ever. Here's the career track of friend in their 30s: Post-College Grad Summer: Handed out samples for a candy company at fairs First Three Years after College: Customer Service Rep Next 8 Year: Landed a job at a 10 person local ad firm, gained the owner's trust, acquired a lot of responsibilitiy Last Two Years: a personal friend landed them an interview at a highly prestigious consulting firm. they aced the interview and are doing great in the role.

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