Online Employment Applications: What Happens After?

This kind of hub is enough to make the unemployed stop applying for jobs online. Sending your resume via Dice, Monster, may just be parsed by a software robot before an actual human is sent it.

The software is used to screened the thousands of applicants for a single job, looking for keywords and relevant job experience. The software is precise and looks for whatever keywords HR wants but this can and does toss good candidates into the oblivion pool. For instance, if HR is looking for a statistician but on your resume you use "numerical modelers" or other wordings, the program rejects you. So it is best to use the same keywords as what is on the announcement that are true to your situation. All resumes or online apps are assigned a rating number, the higher the better. Low scores go into a black hole. The software also scans for education, years of experience, schools attended and any other criteria HR wants.

Nearly 90% of the large companies use them because according to studies, 50% of those who respond to job ads are not qualified. Starbucks had 7.6 million job applicants last year for about 65000 jobs. Proctor & Gamble had one million applicants for 2000 jobs. Don't even mention Google.

Again, to score high, use the same keywords that the job announcement uses in your application or resume but don't lie because if you get to a human interview it will become evident. Some jobs receive 400 resumes after being posted only for one hour. A typical situation is that there is one opening and 200-300 applicants. The software will then weed out 50%. These are passed onto HR for a human review. HR will maybe ask 10 of the best candidates to come in for an interview. Of those, if one is not selected, 1-3 of the very best will return for another interview. Out of these, one person will be offered.

Nowadays, it is a LONG road from unemployment to employment.

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Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

Great hub! I was recently unemployed for quite some time and did untold numbers of online applications. I had no idea that they were bot scanned and such. However, now I know why I never got a response to any of the hundreds with the exception of those all prevailing job scammer persons out there. All of my jobs have come from one on one interviews and never, ever from an online application. Thanks!

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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi perrya,

I worked for a large employment agency, and I can tell you from my experience the unemployed would be working much sooner if they were aware of waiting opportunities, such as a Temp Service.

If they would sign-up with a Temp-Service, with an up-dated resume, good references, pass a drug screening, and background check, then one would probably be working in a few days.

This is a good way to get your foot in the door to a lot of large companies who want to use temps, until they make a decision about the open position.

I have interviewed people who has signed up with two temp services, to see which one had the best jobs, and which one made the first offer. This is not always wise, but I would never tell someone not to do this, after all their families came first in their logic.

Good Hub,


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Thanks guys, temp jobs do offer both the employee and employer insight about the company.

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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

bot scanning resumes have been around for twenty years.

They are not really reading your resume for content just keywords. Formatting a resume for humans is quite different that formatting it for a real person. It is also different whether it is for HR or directly to a hiring manager.

Just my experience talking.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

True, but you should not minimize them after they have become more sophisticated. Everything improves over time.

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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California


I would be interested in hearing about the improvement.



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perrya 4 years ago Author

Me, too. After 20 yrs of tweaking the software, there mist be more nuances to it.

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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California


I think the only possible addition would be that now they can read the resume online and do a background check automatically. The resume could then be flagged to continue or not in the process.

Artificial Intelligence programs or what ever they might call it today, is not a viable replacement for human scrutiny.

In my experience people don't write well written resumes, and hr and even hiring managers don't know how to correctly interpret them.

Everyone is taught that one size resume fits all, so the infamous one page resume was king. This was of course also a contradiction to try an fit in the necessary keep alive the resume scan keywords.

My opinion is that as a hiring manager, I think the resume could be the looking glass into the individual. It could show their uniqueness, and other qualities, rather than the robot process of filling in a resume algorithm.

Resume experts make their money selling ideas on how to write a resume, but quite frankly I question whether these people actually got their job with a resume.

anyway, those were my thoughts.


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