"We believe that working for our company and being part of our family is its own reward, and that money should not be the main motivator for our employees." – Anonymous Galactic Business Owner
Milky Way Galaxy - Job listings are requiring absurd amounts of experience, making it difficult for junior-level job seekers to get their foot in the door. On top of this, applications on the space internet are taking days, weeks, even months to fill out, causing frustration and stress for aspiring applicants. Compacting the problem, many galactic corporation are not listing salaries.
According to recent reports, job listings in various sectors have been requiring between 50 to 200 galactic years of experience for entry-level positions. This has caused concerns among many space aliens who are just starting their career paths.
"I have been searching for an entry-level position for months now, but every job listing for my area of study now requires at least 100 galactic years of experience. It is disheartening to see that my skills and education are not valued." said Naetox Mohura, a recent graduate in Intergalactic communications.
Tadro Adrengi, a fresh graduate in Xeonobiological Medicine told us, "I thought the purpose of entry-level jobs was to provide a starting point for fresh graduates, but apparently, that's not the case anymore."
"My parents just don't get it. They think I don't want to work."
Gobeux Luxlily, a 35 galactic year old extraterrestrial, who lost their job working as Warp Drive Engineer, who was forced to move back in with her parents, expressed frustration with the job hunting and application processes on space internet. "My parents just don't get it. They think I don't want to work. They keep telling me I need to walk in and show my interest, but businesses no longer allow walk-in inquiries. They think it is the same galaxy as 20 galactic years ago, yet the entire application process is automated online now. It's not just about uploading your resume; you have to input all your information manually, which takes days, even weeks to complete. By the time I'm done filling some of these applications, the jobs are already taken. And corporations don't update job sites when jobs are filled on space internet. I'll get an automated email about it after I send them in. On top of all of this, they don't even list the salary."
We inquired galactic business owners, with most not returning our calls. However, those that did, wished to remain anonymous.
One extraterrestrial business owner stated, "The application process is standard. Applicants should prove to us how much they want the job by filling out the applications. We don't want lazy extraterrestrials who aren't willing to go all in."
A second corporate representative, from a galactic company that has made record breaking profits over the last 10 galactic cycles, whom also wished to remain anonymous, added, "We believe that working for our company and being part of our family is its own reward, and that money should not be the main motivator for our employees. Our company culture values hard work and dedication over monetary compensation, and we expect our employees to feel the same way."
Another corporate mouthpeice told us about salaries, "We want to remain competitive in the job market, so we can't disclose our salary range. Salary information is confidential and only shared during the final stages of the hiring process. Besides, we don't want to limit ourselves to a specific salary range, as we are always looking for top talent."
Dr. Olgsor Ke'ot, a galactic economic analyst who has made many accurate predictions in previous galactic inflation cycles sat down with us for an interview.
"I can see it from both sides. There's a couple inevitable outcomes to this situation. First, the frustration and disillusionment of job seekers who spend weeks or even months filling out applications and interviewing for jobs, only to find out the salary isn't sufficient, can lead to revolving doors with employment. The weight of the job demand over the low pay causes many to exit not long after they take a job. Employees that stay may become less invested with their time, feeling like they are seen as cogs in a machine profiting a small few. This increases costs for companies and creates instability in the workforce."
Dr. Ke'ot continued, "A second outcome comes from lack of diversity and innovation. By limiting themselves to hiring only those with extensive experience, companies are missing out on diverse perspectives and fresh ideas. This can stifle innovation and growth and result in a stagnant industry."
"A third outcome is decreased morale and engagement. When job seekers are repeatedly turned down for jobs due to excessive experience requirements, they can become disengaged from the workforce and may even stop seeking employment altogether. This can lead to a decrease in overall morale and a shortage of skilled workers in the long run," Dr. Ke'ot told us.
"Workers can research companies and prioritize those that have a reputation for fair compensation and transparency in their hiring process."
Dr. Ke'ot concludes, "Workers and businesses can take several steps to remedy the hiring dilemma caused by excessive experience requirements and lack of transparency around salaries. Workers can research companies and prioritize those that have a reputation for fair compensation and transparency in their hiring process. For applications that applicants choose to pursue, they should remain firm and fair on negotiating salary during the interview process to ensure that they are being paid what they're worth. Businesses can take steps to improve their hiring practices by reevaluating their hiring process, taking advantage of the current state of affairs across the galaxy, and capitalize on it. This means evaluating their experience requirements and ensuring they are truly necessary for the position. They can also consider listing salaries upfront, which can increase trust and transparency with potential hires, and offer profit sharing. It might not seem beneficial in the short term, but when you run the numbers it actually saves corporations a lot of wasted time, energy, money, and reputation on their brand in the long run."
As the debate continues, job seekers are left wondering if they will ever find a job that values their skills and experience, while employers must decide if their hiring practices are alienating extraterrestrial potential candidates.