Why Is It Difficult to Get Hired During the Supposed ‘Great Resignation’? | Canada News Media

Nick Kossovan
4 min readMay 28, 2022


Why Is It Difficult to Get Hired During the Supposed ‘Great Resignation’?

The media is selling the narrative that a “Great Resignation” is taking place. However, many job seekers are having difficulty getting hired.

Here are a few reasons why

COVID caused significant economic damage.

Yes, pandemic restrictions are being lifted, and, for better or worse, we’re moving back to our 1st world lifestyle. However, the pandemic isn’t officially over, and nobody knows when it will be. Small businesses, those that survived, have been severely damaged by COVID, leaving many in a precarious position. According to the latest Canadian Federation of Independent Business ( CFIB) Small Business Recovery Dashboard, only 40% of businesses have returned to normal sales.

Many employers are struggling and therefore can’t afford to backfill vacancies. Instead, they’re increasing the workload of their existing employees and/or cutting back business hours.

Layoffs are happening.

The number of layoffs since the start of the year has been alarming. Some of the layoffs that made headlines:

  • Netflix (150 employees)
  • Canopy Growth (250 employees)
  • Noom (495 employees)
  • Zillow (2,300 employees)
  • Carvana (2,500 employees)
  • Peloton (over 2,800 employees)
  • Better.com ( approx. 4,000 employees)

The hot job market is cooling down. This post-pandemic reset, caused by employers having overhired, a bear market, business growth slowing ( With inflation hovering around 8%, consumers are spending less.), and higher labour costs, feels like a reckoning.

The “Great Resignation” is morphing into the “Great Termination.”

There’s talk of a looming recession.

“We will get a major recession.” — Deutsche Bank Economists, in a report to clients on April 26.

Employers, who, for the most part, are risk-averse, become nervous just hearing of a possible recession. Fear causes employers to slow, if not freeze, their hiring.

There is intense competition for desirable jobs.

It’s raining resumes, especially for desirable jobs at desirable employers.

The jobs people quit, they quit for a reason — poor working conditions, low pay, and bad management. These are the jobs that are going unfilled. My neighbourhood bar & grill has yet to open despite the lifting of pandemic restrictions months ago because they can’t find staff.

Finding a job isn’t difficult if you view work as a means to an end-you’re just looking for a paycheque. However, most job seekers are searching for jobs that offer fair compensation ( extremely subjective), comprehensive benefits, the flexibility to work where and when they want to, and a manager who’ll take an interest in cultivating, developing, and growing their skillset. Finding a job that ticks off all your “wants” and “nice to haves” is difficult even in the best of times.

If you’re having trouble finding a job, re-evaluate which of your criteria are non-negotiable and which you can be flexible on. You may have to admit that you lack the required skills, experience, or connections ( Knowing the right people opens doors.) to land your dream job at your employer of choice and need to work on acquiring them.

Employers aren’t in a rush to fill vacancies.

Despite media reports of a labour shortage, employers are being selective when hiring, perhaps even more so in the current uncertain economic climate. As I’ve mentioned in previous columns: Employers own their hiring processes. ( and the results of) Just because how an employer hires doesn’t serve the job seeker’s self-interest doesn’t mean it doesn’t serve the employer’s.

Onboarding a new employee is a lengthy, costly process, fraught with risks, especially with the current unstable economy. A bad hire can quickly become a liability.

Businesses are operating with fewer employees.

You’ve seen this: A colleague leaves and the work continues to get done!

Want to gauge your value to your employer? Ask yourself this uncomfortable question: What would happen to my employer if I left tomorrow? I’ve yet to meet an employee who can answer: My employer will go out of business.

Employers have many options for running their business with fewer employees: AI, robotics, self-checkout, automation, using contractors/freelancers, and outsourcing, to name a few. Furthermore, companies are restructuring responsibilities and redistributing work instead of backfilling.

Bottom line:

There aren’t many “great jobs” out there, and the number is declining; therefore, it’s a tough job market for “great jobs.” Don’t let all the Great Resignation talk lull you into believing employers, especially those everyone wants to work for, are begging for employees. Your job search still requires your A-game, which means:

  • Have clearly defined career objectives.
  • Make networking a habit.
  • Optimize your LinkedIn profile.
  • Communicate your achievements over your responsibilities. (Use numbers to show how you provided value to your employers.)


Nick Kossovan, a well-seasoned veteran of the corporate landscape, offers advice on searching for a job. You can send Nick your questions at artoffindingwork@gmail.com.

Originally published at https://canadanewsmedia.ca on May 28, 2022.



Nick Kossovan

I write as if I care about the reader’s experience. My words slam into perceptions of reality. I observe. I think. I write. My trying = “ballsy” writing.