Thank you for applying. I don’t have the answers but I sure do have the questions.  Or, fill a job and kill a bot.

By Guy Battaglia

Job searching for the 21st Century professional has become, in my opinion, a tragic leap in the wrong direction.  Companies have more automation at their disposal than the average candidate and the controls and mechanisms are counterintuitive to the collective process of the ultimate goal.

Imagine you are sending a resume to a job positing on a site, regardless of which site, the job position looks, feels and smells like it was crafted specifically for you. You are obligated to log in, sign in and/or create a new account altogether, and then post your resume, fill in the blanks and in all cases identify yourself in race, sex, veteran and disability status (which by the way, not one single person who gets up and goes to their job every morning has to expose and/or self-identify). By the time this on line process is completed you instantly receive a notification, thanking you for applying with little to no insight to the next steps, the position eligibility or the time frame for you to expect a response.

Are you with me so far…?  Time passes and in the interim you have seen the same position posted on numerous other job boards, presented online by various other recruiting resources and yet you were diligent and obliging and forthwith and provided all the necessary information that the automated screens have required from you and yet no insight to your status, eligibility or even consideration of employment.

Side Note:  20 years ago, when online job sourcing first became available, not one company was concerned with the age old question, “When does an online application qualify as an application for employment?”


Moving on, as the days turn into weeks and your quest for employment is littered with countless calls from overseas recruiters to discuss a possible position in your own back yard and the online positings of the most perfect fitted positions continue to wash over you, they have your scent.  The bots know who you are and what you want. Yet every time you apply you must self-identify to a non-descript entity all for the sake of searching, reaching and being held accountable to find employment and by using the tolls that the job boards, social media and company websites have provided.

After days, weeks and sometimes months, Rejection Letters finally start to arrive. Ironically, the exact same legalese and wordage found in rejection letters from the 1980s that simply state, “We have found someone better then you…” without even the common courtesy of a single living human being ever reaching out, following up and or at best blindly calling you for a taste of who you might be.  But as sure as the sun rises in the east, ¾ to 100% of their process is completely automated by the technology platforms known as Applicant Tracking Systems … sounds like a real oxymoron or, at best, a genuine misnomer.

We have found someone with better skills
We have found someone with better skills