Ever since the Great Resignation began, the job market has been pretty weird and wild. There's still plenty of hiring going on, but a mismatch in what kinds of jobs are open and what kinds of jobs workers really want means that many folks are applying for hundreds of jobs with no response while employers claim that "nobody wants to work."
And there's another factor that could be complicating your job search: "ghost jobs." These are postings for open positions that aren't really hiring at the moment, and they're pretty common. The length of time a job posting has been open can indicate that you're looking at a ghost job. Jobs that have been up for more than 30 days are more likely to be ghost jobs, and a survey of managers found that about 68% had postings active for more than a month.
There are a variety of reasons why businesses might keep job postings active even when they aren't really actively hiring. They might be trying to appear to be doing better than they are, or in this uncertain economy, they might not know whether they can actually afford to hire for a role or not. And in some cases, they might have even forgotten the job posting was still up. But on the workers' side, ghost job postings are a time-wasting pain in the butt.
Recently, résumé writer Morgan Sanner, MHRM (@resumeofficial) shared another way to spot ghost job postings before you spend an hour filling out an application for nothing.
Morgan is a 25-year-old in Columbus, Ohio who has recruited in three different industries and written more than 1,000 résumés working with Indeed.com. She has a master's degree in Human Resources and five years of experience working in HR.