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10 reasons why job seekers HATE applying online

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Recently, I asked job seekers what they thought of online job application systems. The overriding theme of their responses? They HATE them. 

Here are their top reasons why. Do you agree?

10) Requiring me to remember your convoluted password is annoying. "Really? You expect me to remember your computer-generated password made up of special characters? Let me pick my own."

9) Your online form doesn’t allow me to answer accurately. “Not all people fit into your cookie cutter answer options.”

8) You demand information that I cannot possibly remember. "Do you really think I recall the exact day that I graduated from elementary school? Come on!”

7) Your system is RIDICULOUSLY labor intensive. "Why do you have me upload my resume and then ask me to type the exact same information into your forms?"

6) Your lack of response to my submission is appalling. "I spend HOURS completing your form and then you don't even have the decency to notify me that I have been rejected? What's up with that?"

5) Your system takes the human element out of recruiting. "You are missing great candidates by focusing purely on your flawed application data."

4) Your system is broken! "It wouldn't allow me to apply (or even notify you of the problem), so I gave up. Your loss."

3) Asking me for my birth date is invasive. "It gives you carte blanche to discriminate against me due to my age."

2) Requiring that I type an exact salary requirement into a box is stupid. "Picking the lowest bidder is a ridiculous way to fill a position. You will get what you deserve."

And the number one biggest complaint? …

1) Requiring my social security number on your online form is dangerous and should be outlawed! "Said one succinct job seeker, “Asking me to give up my rights before [you've extended me] an offer? Bite me!"

What do YOU think of online job application systems? Share your thoughts! I'll convey the compilation of complaints to recruiters in a quest to drive change.

Applying online is a necessary evil! For tips on how to make the best of applying online, visit the Applying for Jobs page, or view my Mastering Online Job Applications recorded webinar found by scrolling through the options on this page. Apply well! 


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  1. There are also the really horrible ones that make you go though a pre-applicant screener/weird psychological test BEFORE you can even apply for the job. So now you have to spend an hour on this weird screener second guessing how your answers may place you. Does it think I'm a serial killer? Have bad morals? What?!!

  2. Milaxx, Your thoughts are as good as mine about that. I hate those invasive tests when you are filling out a company's online form. It seems to me that if they have to ask such questions, they should be asked later in the job process when they have narrowed down who they want to consider. I think it comes down to the employers have all the control right now and they can get away with demanding such time-consuming and ridiculous tests.

  3. Online job application is bad because
    1. Time consuming filling forms
    2. Invasive of my ssn
    3. 80% of the time they never call/email back


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