My, my. Such are the times we live in. Eric Auld, a fellow with a master’s in English has been out of work for months, all the while applying for job after job after job. Then he got an idea
A few weeks ago, Auld had enough, and his impatience led him to create a fake Craigslist ad to see where he stood in the job market. He posted a basic ad in order to attract a wide spectrum of job seekers.
His ad read:
Administrative Assistant needed for busy Midtown office. Hours are Monday through Friday, nine to five. Job duties include: filing, copying, answering phones, sending e-mails, greeting clients, scheduling appointments. Previous experience in an office setting preferred, but will train the right candidate. This is a full-time position with health benefits. Please e-mail résumé if interested. Compensation: $12-$13 per hour.
In 24 hours, Auld received 653 responses. After sorting through every application, he found that 76 percent of applicants had previous true experience. Even 10 percent of applicants had more than 10 years of experience.
Auld created some nifty pie charts breaking down the vitals on the applicants he got for his fake job. This one tells an interesting story:
The job description does not state an education requirement. Presumably a high school diploma will get you there. Nonetheless well over half of the applicants had at least an associate’s degree, and more than 40% had a bachelor’s. The competition is fierce.
As Auld concluded: No matter how much you want this job, there are 652 other people who want it, too.
I wonder if the master’s degree is hurting him at this point. If these are the kinds of jobs he is applying for, he might be tempted to leave that particular credential off his resume.