Job Hunter says he’s applied to 557 jobs

A job hunter says he has unsuccessfully applied for over 550 jobs since July 2022, sparking a discussion about the job market in the comments section of the viral TikTok.

TikTok user Peter (@petersbrainfolds) posted the video on April 4th. As of April 5, the video has been viewed over 145,000 times. In the clip, Peter shows a document on his laptop screen listing all the positions he has applied for in the last year.

“I apply for jobs within and outside of my area of ​​expertise. I apply for large companies and small companies. I even had my resume looked at by a recruiter,” he says in the clip. “I would say more than three quarters have not even responded.”

He goes on to say that other companies ghosted him after a lengthy interview process. “You can’t win,” he notes.

@petersbrainfold’s reply to @majestic.nugget No more jobs, it’s time to be a pine on a high mountain. #jobsaredumb #nomorejobs #jobsearch ♬ O-Ton – Peter

In the comments, many users shared Peter’s job search problems.

“I couldn’t even get a job at fast food places,” wrote one viewer.

“It’s a gamble at this point,” said another.

Others shared tips on how to land a new gig even in saturated industries.

“Try tempering and see if that does anything,” suggested one commenter.

“I got most of my jobs through real world networking,” wrote another.

The Daily Dot contacted Peter via TikTok direct message for more information.


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*Initial publication: April 5, 2023 at 4:20 p.m. CDT

Rebekah Harding

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