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.