Are online job applications more of a hindrance than a help? Was your dream job easier to land before the Monster.com’s, Careerbuilder’s and Google got involved? And is job software filtering good people out for the most minor reasons?
Some people think so.
Indeed, Peter Cappelli, a management professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and author of the book "Why Good People Can't Get Jobs” was recently on PBS to discuss just that.
In his interview, Cappelli said online job postings were drawing thousands of candidates for every position, significantly reducing any given individuals fair chance.
“Somebody told me that they had 29,000 people apply for a reasonably standard engineering position, and nobody made it through the screening process. The software told them nobody was qualified,” said Cappelli.
With the economy still rocky and the unemployment rate high, many internet job postings see themselves flooded with applications. This typically overwhelms regular HR systems, forcing many firms to start using software to sift through CVs.
Unfortunately, since software lacks human judgment, applications can be rejected on the flimsiest of reasons, creating a lose-lose situation for both job seeker and employer.
After all, there is no such thing as the “perfect” candidate for any job, but HR managers in the past, through face to face interviews and good old fashioned probing, have been able to discern between applicants and decide which is the “best fit” in terms of skills, ability to adapt to company culture and potential.
No wonder so many tech firms are complaining about talent shortages. Key words pulled coldly from resumes by machine are not going to find the diamond in the rough. So many firms claim to want new hires who display “out of the box” creativity, but if you failed to tick the right box, your resume may not even end up being read by a real human.
It’s time things changed. The Internet is a blessing for many things, but when it comes to landing that dream job, pick up the phone, be persistent and schedule a face to face interview.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments section below...
Are you kidding? It is child's play to avoid 1706. Anyone with a brain can do it, and certainly engineers! This is a ridiculous comment. I have helped probaby 10-15 engineers start consulting careers, and not one single problem. Geez, I wish these comments were moderated to keep the fluff away!
Networking probably is the best way to find a job.
Unfortunately, many companies, including my last employer, block this path. They ONLY allow applicants to enter through the HR portal. They will not accept resumes any other way. And the vast majority of these sites will not let you enter any referrals by other employees. I would not have a problem finding people to network with since so many colleagues, hundreds that I personally worked with, were terminated over the last few years. Yesterday I finally found a local company that allowed me to enter a referral on their website.
I have been unemployed for 19 months. I am accomplished. I am too young to retire, and apparently too old to hire. I am also hampered by the de-industrialization of this country, especially where I live (CT). No industry... no need for engineers.
PE is only required in civil engineering and electrical construction fields. It should be required in more EE fields but employers don't want to support engineering as a licensed profession for economic reasons.
I may be the exception.
I was laid of and had my resume on Monster. Received a call from Ball Aerospace and a phone interview. WAs offered a contaract job that turned into direct 7 months later. That was 10 years ago.
I'd like to point out that I keep running into company policies that make finding work difficult. (The ones I run into as a contract worker may not apply so much to direct employment.) One large company says if it's been two years after I ever started working for them I'm "termed out" and need never apply again, another says that there "minimum requirement" is working experience with their PROPRIETARY toolset! So one is saying if you've worked here once then after a certain calendar date we don't want you again, for another if you haven't worked for us before you can't start now - and both companies are in the same industry! I find policies like this to be just arbitrary and frustrating, they may help meet some internal HR benchmark (like keeping rates low) but for the rest of us it just makes it harder to stay working.
I don't think it's all that hard - it certainly CAN be if you go about it the usual way - sifting through the ads, and jumping at every "opportunity" that arises. Usually that leaves you with a job you don't really prefer, so you end up being unhappy, with a job you didn't want in the first place.
I'd say that job seeking can be fun and rewarding. There is a great website I discovered the other day which I wholeheartedly recommend: www.jobdreaming.com
All you need to do is enter your dream job and they let you know when an opportunity for an interview (and employment!) arises - it's anonymous, so you can use it without worrying if your current boss may see it ;) I'm my own boss, so I don't really have that issue, but for others I think this may be an issue :)
They also have a neat Facebook app and hand out rewards, so if you're into that, check it out as well!
Do you guys know any other job hunting resources similar to this one? I'd like to know more about the fun ways to go job hunting - no boring ads and such...
Good luck finding your dream job :)