The Frustrations of Job Searching in Gifs and Pictures

So you are out of work and need to find a new job. Or you have a job now, but it’s sucking the life force out of you faster than a Dementor. 

I’m in the latter category. I have a job that pays my bills, but it’s inconsistent and boring and though I work from home, I need something a bit more steady. So, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks putting in serious effort to find a decent job with some kind of benefits. The exercise has proved….pretty futile as the pickings are slim and I’ve only had one interview. I feel my frustration and not insignificant despair can best be expressed in the language of our age: gifs and pictures.

How you feel the first day of job searching

A yellow explosion background with a simply-drawn face and the captions "Responsibility champion!" and "I get shit done."
Photo courtesy of Hyperbole and a Half.

Reformatting my resume like a boss

A gif of a man typing frantically.

Please include a cover letter

A gif of a bearded man captioned "writing is hard."

Resume is newly formatted and pretty

A gif of a brunette woman captioned "I'm awesome"

Application website wants you to copy and paste resume into a plain text box

A gif of a frustrated Ewan McGregor.

A few screens later, they ask for you to upload your resume

A gif of Alan Rickman flipping a table.

Websites that ask you to upload your resume and then fill out an application with all the information that is on your resume

A picture of a computer being thrown from a window.

Get a job interview

A gif of Dumbledore dancing.

When you get there and it’s a bait and switch

A gif of Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope looking angry.

Dad tells you to pound the pavement and knock on doors

A gif from Labrynth.

When dad reminds you that you aren’t getting any younger

A gif of Sansa from Game of Throwns captioned "I'm going to need a lot of booze to handle this shit."

When you can’t look at another job site

An image from Hyperbole and a Half of a simply-drawn woman in pink captioned "clean ALL the things!"
Photo Courtesy of Hyperbole and a Half

Friends on Facebook talking about their awesome, soul-fulfilling jobs

Gif from the West Wing of Toby Ziegler saying "There is literally no one in the world that I don't hate right now."

Friend gives you a good job lead

A gif captioned "let me love you"

When you’re not even remotely qualified for that job

A gif from Arrested Development of michael Cera as George Michael walking with his head down.

How you feel after no luck for weeks

A gif from Supernatural of a sad Dean Winchester.

But you get by with a little help from your friends

A gif from Doctor Who of a group hug.

By Stephens

Florida girl, would-be world traveler and semi-permanent expat. Her main strategy of life is to throw out the nets and hope something useful comes back, but many times it's just an old shoe. She also really, really hates winter and people who are consistently late.

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