Skip to comments.Ten Reasons Online Job Applications Are A Waste Of Time
Posted on 12/04/2018 2:32:09 PM PST by SeekAndFind
No one likes dealing with bureaucracy, but some kinds of bureaucracy are easier to tolerate than others.
It's no picnic for a kid to get their learner's permit, take driving lessons, complete a written driving exam and then take a driving test in order to get their license.
The good news is that the driver's license system works. When your kid completes the steps, they'll get their driver's license.
If only job-hunting were such a simple process!
When you complete an online job application, you're guaranteed exactly nothing. You may get an interview and you may not.
You may hear back from the employer or they may remain silent forever.
There's a reason I call the online job application system the Black Hole.
Just like a real black hole in space into which whole galaxies collapse (and are never heard from again), recruiting Black Holes suck in resumes without so much as a thank-you note in return! As a functional job-search channel, online applications are useless. Your chances of getting a good job by filling out an online application are about as good as your chances of winning the lottery or maybe worse.
At least by law, somebody has to win the lottery!
Any company can post job ads and collect resumes they don't have to hire or even interview anyone if they don't feel like it.
Here are 10 reasons online job applications are a waste of a job-seeker's time.
1. They don't work. Ask any job-seeker about their success rate with the online job applications they've completed. They will tell you that they complete forty to sixty applications for every job interview they get. That's a terrible return on your time-and-energy investment!
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...
How is it any different than mailing resumes and filling out the apps in person?
You ain’t guaranteed squat then, either...................
When I worked for a big bank and I wanted to hire someone, I already knew who I wanted. But, policy was that a job opening had to be posted and run for 10 days, along with advertising.
The only person that was getting the job, was the person I’d already picked.
Usually the guy I wanted had physically busted my door down with a good resume and convinced me that he or she was the person for the job.
So, the system is fair.
Online does not give a person the ability to sell themselves face to face. Hate them.
It always helps to have a well-written resume that documents some marketable skills.
There are two things that any employer looks for. Are you qualified and are you not an a**hole? If you can convey these two things your odds of getting an interview go up tremendously no matter what medium you use.
Online is actually also a much for efficient use of your time as well.
All of the IT jobs that I have gotten since the beginning of my career came as a result of either:
1) A recruiter introducing me ( but then, I sent my resume to them and posted it on their website )
I highly doubt anyone even looks at online apps.
Colleges who make you pay a fee just to submit an application should be forced to refund the fee if you are turned down. But guess what? Application fees have become a major source of money for them.
“Online is actually also a much for efficient use of your time as well.”
Agreed - and if that’s what employers request, what other choice do you have?
There is software that takes a resume and based on key words and requirements will go through it and spit out a result. Let’s say they are requiring 10 skills and you have 7, you are matched to the job at 70%. They then take the top 10 or so resumes and sent it to the hiring manager. Out of 10 the manager picks the 3 best. After interviewing if they don’t have a candidate, the process starts all over again.
If you don’t submit online, you don’t work in the tech business.
Unless they spot your resume online and call you.
This woman is just venting about something she appears to know nothing about. And she was an HR manager.
My best advice is to be nice to headhunters when you are younger, even help them find people if their job isn't for you (if you can). When you are older and you need work, they just might be there for you. That's how I got my present job. And my last job in my previous country of residence.
I have a great deal of respect for headhunters because THEY actually have to work, unlike HR Mandarins.
Find a company that’s desperate for people.
My husband just got a really good job from an online application.
This sits on the doorstep of Human Resource hacks. 90% scum, the arrogance of lawyers without the brains. HR would be more aptly named The Business Obstruction Unit
Except if you're over 55. Then you're pretty much screwed. They are all looking for 38-45 years old.
3 jobs in the last 25+ years: 2 from my “network”, one from the normal resume/interview system. Network jobs were much easier to get.
Yup, the trick is to find the hiring manager ... you. Professional persistence and sincerity will get an interview. Many managers when asked why they weren’t interested will answer they weren’t even sure the applicant wanted the job.
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