A job seeker recounts being offered a position with high requirements for $24/hour, exposing the absurdity of the job market.
Recruiters are taking advantage of individuals who are desperate for a job by offering positions that have absurdly high requirements and very poor compensation. Cal–who goes by @calbingenome on TikTok–recently shared with people details of a job offer he received. The video captioned, "I hate it here, grandpa," has gained nearly 705K views and 92.5K likes. He begins the video, looking quite tired, saying, "Do you guys wanna hear how the market's going for people in their 20s at the moment?"
Cal says he can not reveal too much and would keep the details vague to ensure his safety. He shares how a recruiter reached out to him and asked him to apply for a role a month back. The man begins to share the requirements of the job, which initially sound quite normal but go on to become more absurd. He says, "A bachelor's degree, preferably a master's degree in biochemistry. Second, five years experience in a field that has existed for about 12 years."
It does not end there, as they also wanted someone with programming experience with Python in a "professional environment." They also wanted candidates to have experience with SQL servers. The biggest and final requirement of the position was that individuals would have to travel both domestically and internationally for up to two weeks a year. He asks viewers, "How much do you think that this company is offering someone for this position?" Cal asks people to write down their guesses in the comments.
He expands on his initial question, saying, "How much do you think is being offered for this international job that is posted?" Cal pauses for a while before revealing that the company was only willing to give a measly $24 an hour for such a fairly intensive position. He frustratingly concludes by pointing out, "Not even salary, $24 an hour, $48K a year for this job." People had their own insights about the job position he was offered as well as their own stories of being asked to work for very little money.
@jackysnack shared, "I applied at a liquor store that required a Bachelor's Degree and three years of customer service for $12 an hour." @pmoneto1 commented, "I firmly believe if they require a degree, then they need to pay yearly as much as the degree costs at a private college." Another individual, @hatfielddr1, said, "I've been trying to explain this to my parents and they just hit me with the 'Oh, you don't actually need all those things to apply anyway.'"
@postcard_from_the_edge commented, "I've applied to at least 40 jobs in the past month. I've had two callbacks and one interview. Haven't heard back from anyone." @jackson_space said, "I've looked at enough ridiculous job ads that I was very confident in my answer of $45,000 a year. I was shocked to hear it was hourly." @total_mo pointed out, "Jobs post intentionally this low so they can hire via h1b visa for less. They just say they couldn't fill the position otherwise."