Summary: You'll be shocked when you learn what I found out when I posted a job as an employer on a job search website. Find out tactics to get attention of an employer like me amid a sea of job search website applications.
Hi, I'm one sabotaging your online job search. On several job search websites, I've posted a job only to waste hundreds of applicants' time in process. Each one of those hundreds was hoping to get job, each applying in good faith, assuming that they had a chance--that at least one of hundreds of them who applied would get job.
In fact, I ended up not selecting any of applicants for job, even though a number of them seem quite well qualified based on their resumes and carefully crafted letters. I went with someone recommended to me by a colleague.
Job Search Engine Sites' Inner Workings Exposed!
Why would I cruelly toy with these eager online job searchers' emotions? Why do people like me make an already impersonal online job application process even more inhuman? Actually, when you look at job search websites from employer's point of view, a few things become clear:
* Job search websites trigger an overwhelming tidal wave of applications.
In one day my email inbox got well over 100 applications. In fact, I had to pull plug on job posting when it became clear I would be drowning in applications.
* Most applications submitted on a job search site read like they've been plagiarized from a job-hunting manual.
One after another cover letter--from applicants who bothered to include a cover letter--looked like they could have been submitted in response to any job opening in US, from burger flipper to rocket scientist.
Every applicant had goals of advancement and a desire to find an outlet for their talents. Very, very few bothered to make link between these goals and desires and a job at my website copywriting firm.
* Most applicants on job search websites are not even remotely qualified.
I not only got fiction writers and poets applying for my copywriting position; a few computer programmers and graphic designers applied as well.
After all, why not? All they had to do was hit "send." Let poor slob on other end figure out if their qualifications match position.
Please, before you hit "send," remember that poor slob you're making work for just might have better things to do. At least remember that eventually owners of website may catch up with you and throw you off site for behavior that is, essentially, spamming.