The Different Kinds of Job Seekers


We are all unique individuals with a varying range of personality traits, natures and practices. There are multiple ways to deal with a situation and different kinds of people end up implementing solutions that best suit them. Therefore it isn’t hard to imagine everyone putting their own spin on the job searching process as well.

Below is a list of the the commonly observable kinds of job seekers that hiring managers from various parts of the globe claim to come across:

The Persistent Job Seeker

These individuals are not satisfied by simply applying for a job – they do not rest until they follow through with the organization they are interested in joining. This is most commonly observable after the interview phase, during which time the persistent job seeker quite often attempts to get in touch with the hiring managers of the company in question so that they may learn about their status. Their intention is to simply know where they stand, regardless of the answer.

This approach may appear to be a bit over-the-top and even (for lack of a better word) annoying to some, but when done appropriately and at the right time, persistence can indicate a sense of commitment and loyalty – traits that employers do not take lightly.

The Passive Job Seeker

While these individuals make efforts to keep up-to-date with the most recent job trends and offerings, they are not currently interested in taking up a job for themselves at the time. They do not end up applying for open positions, and for the most part, they are under the employer’s radar. In rare cases, some hiring managers may fish-out potential candidates who do not actually apply for a job opening – though the chances of this happening are pretty slim, given that there is already a huge pool of talent that is actively presenting itself to them.

The Last-Minute Job Seeker

Some people actively look-up the job postings that interest them the most, only to apply to them at a later time. This “later time” usually ends up being a bit too late for their own good, and these applicants end up applying for openings in the nick of time – leaving a questionable impression in the eyes of hiring managers.

The problem arises from the fact that applying close to deadlines is often considered to be procrastination or otherwise easily avoidable behavior. Furthermore, many employers are actually in need of filling an open position as soon as possible, and do not wait for the actual deadline specified on the job posting. This could deprive such job seekers of otherwise viable opportunities simply because they did not apply earlier than they did.

The Casual Job Seeker

These applicants make minimal effort towards the job searching process, restricting their potential applications to the ones that are easiest to find and fill out. Employers are good at identifying individuals who appear to be disinterested in the application and interview process, which does not favor the odds of such individuals getting hired even if their applications are initially accepted. A severe attitude change may help such candidates turn things back in their favor.

The Proactive Job Seeker

These people put in a great degree of hard work and dedication throughout the job searching process. They often plan in advance, scoping out job openings before they are even made available to the public, while keeping in touch with the hiring managers and key players relevant to their industry. They make efforts to apply in a timely fashion, and almost always follow-up by getting in touch with the appropriate people.



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