Yes, we are witnessing a national unemployment rate that is at its lowest point since 1969. But that doesn’t mean that everyone who is unemployed (or underemployed, like me) will get hired tomorrow. The job search process today is no different than in the past.
As I recently commented on LinkedIn, I’ve been underemployed for a year. The low unemployment rate only means that employers and recruiters are more specific in their needs. Do you want to know how many perfect vacancies met my criteria, how I met all of their qualifications, but because I lacked experience in a particular industry, even though the job function is the same in every industry, I was told I wouldn’t be considered?
Moreover, if I apply to a vacancy announcement via an online submission form that uses an Applicant Tracking System, I need to ensure that 99% of keywords and phrases in the job description are also in my resume and cover letter — and that laborious effort doesn’t necessitate an interview.