A video of a young woman documenting her job search on the social media platform TikTok has caught the attention of millions. Lohanny Santos, 26, from Brooklyn, New York, used the platform to share her frustration and disappointment as she searched for work.
In the video, uploaded on January 29 and which has already garnered 23 million views, Santos, who belongs to Generation Z (born between 1995 and 2010), expressed his despair. “I've never felt so humbled in my life,” he told Fox News Digital. In the video, Santos held a stack of resumes, ready to personally send them to potential employers.
Santos described this door-to-door method as an “old-fashioned method” he uses to find work quickly. “I'm not sure the old way is the right way, but it's a path many of us are taking,” she said.
The 26-year-old applicant often felt humiliated
The difficulties she encountered when looking for work often left her feeling humiliated. The reactions of some employers were particularly discouraging because, despite her qualifications, including two university degrees and knowledge of three languages, she often had to apply for minimum wage jobs. “Honestly, it's a little embarrassing,” she admitted in the video.
Despite these obstacles, Santos does not give up and is determined to continue her job search. She received thousands of messages of support from TikTok users encouraging her to keep going. One person wrote: “It's very brave to go to the shops with your CV! You will find a job.”
Santos hopes to encourage others in their job search
According to Fox News Digital, Santos said he decided to personally go door-to-door with resumes to find a job faster. He hopes his videos will encourage other job seekers and show them that it's okay to ask for help.
The young woman said that since uploading the video she has received messages from people around the world who are also struggling with unemployment.
Generation Z values flexibility
At the same time, recently several TikToks by representatives of Generation Z caused a stir internationally. Tenor: Too much work, too few vacations and supposedly poor pay.
According to a 2022 Deloitte study, Generation Z values flexible work schedules and the ability to work remotely. Balancing work and private life is a high priority.