Job hunting has never exactly been an easy process but some would argue that it has gotten even more challenging in our technology-driven world.
The reality is, that we’re not all searching for our dream job.
People are working for money
More often than not, people are on the hunt for a job that will allow them to pay their bills. Most job seekers don’t have the luxury of taking a low-paying job with the trade-off of learning new skills or experience.
They need a job that can support them financially. Unemployment can mean going hungry for a lot of people.
Managing expectations is important
For prospective employees, this means not being too picky when job hunting, especially if they don’t have a ton of experience and no plans to stay in the job long-term.
For potential hiring managers, this means being aware that not every candidate is committed to keeping that role for their entire career.
Some companies preach an ethical workspace but practice something different
Some companies preach an ethical work environment that prioritizes employees’ well-being but in practice, they fail to provide such a workplace.
The majority of corporations recognize that employees, like money and time, are expendable.
One woman is calling out the major flaws in hiring practices
A young woman has recently gone viral on TikTok for blasting what she calls the “fantasy world” that certain businesses and corporations are living in when it comes to hiring staff.
The Chicago-based woman named Maysun Valles goes by @maysunmilk on TikTok.
A recent job interview didn’t go the way she expected
Her viral video captioned “Don’t waste my time” has gained over 2.5 million views.
In the clip, Valles sits in her car and appears visibly frustrated while she vents to the camera about her experience at a recent job interview.
“I need these companies and hiring managers to grow up”
Valles explained that she recently applied for a job that didn’t list the starting wages in the posting.
She acknowledges that it was mainly her own fault for not paying attention to this major “red flag” and applying anyway.
After interviewing she found out the pay was too low
She describes how the interview process unfolded and eventually arrived at the compensation discussion.
When the hiring manager revealed the starting wages, Valles was less than impressed and she wasn’t afraid to tell him.
She was told there is more to be made at the company other than money
“I said, frankly, the pay is low, and I can’t work for that. I’ll be completely honest. And I brought up that it wasn’t listed on the job listing.”
The hiring manager responded, “Yeah, you know, here’s the thing. There’s a lot more here to gain than just money.”
She concludes it should be mandatory to include salaries
Valles did not respond well to the suggestion that she gain experience over money.
She rants, “Okay this is where what I mean when I say like, they need to grow up. I don’t know what fantasy world you’re living in, where people are letting you pay them in, like gold star stickers or whatever but I live in the real world where people need money to survive.”
Commenters supported her
Commenters were quick to support the young woman, echoing her thoughts that “working for experience” is next to impossible.
And it most certainly doesn’t pay the bills.
“Motivation doesn’t pay the bills”
Thousands of comments expressed similar frustrations with the job market, especially for entry-level positions.
One user joked “unfortunately, motivation doesn’t pay the bills.”
Some comments were critical
Still, not everyone was supportive of her perspective and some commenters left criticism on her original video, causing her to clap back in response videos.
In this clip she asks “Are you a hiring manager? Why are you mad?” before doubling down on the fact that “it should be illegal” for companies to leave the compensation out of job postings.
Most people agree listing pay in the ad saves time for everyone
Users were quick to come to Valles’s defense in the comments section.
One person even said they work in Human Resources and agree that “Listing pay [in the job posting] saves time for job seekers and interviewers alike.”
Trolls commented on her appearance
One troll even left a comment judging the young woman for her nose piercings.
She was quick to bring him up to speed in a response video, saying “I think this comment is funny,” before adding “Sorry dude, it’s not 1950 anymore.”
Tattoos and piercings don’t dictate success
People reassured Valles that plenty of successful people have made it far in life regardless of tattoos and piercings.
One person remarked that judging someone based on their physical appearance is “so strange.”
People everywhere have had similar experiences in the workforce
It’s clear that Valles isn’t the only one who has struggled with finding the right fit in the job field.
Hundreds of people commented to share their own experiences trying to get hired at corporations— some of which are notoriously worse than others.
There is an insanely high expectation for young entry-level employees
One of the most difficult parts about landing a job is obtaining the elusive “experience” that’s needed for an entry level position.
Corporations are especially bad for expecting this of students who have yet to enter the workforce.
Dunkin’ Donuts wouldn’t hire someone with 2 degrees and experience
People recalled their own experiences of trying to get hired in different places before they were deemed “qualified” enough.
One commenter proved that even 2 degrees and restaurant experience might not be enough to land you a job at Dunkin’ Donuts.
Starbucks is seriously hard to get hired at
Some restaurants appear to be worse than others for taking on new hires.
Lots of people mentioned their struggles trying to get hired at the same place for years in a row. Starbucks seems to be one of the hardest places to get a foot in the door.
You need to know somebody
Most people admitted they were only able to secure their first job by having a connection to someone in the business.
While having an inside connection is definitely the easiest way, it’s not the only way. It’s just important to remember you could be competing against someone with a connection of their own.