A Job for the Future?

In the last two weeks two clients, one young and one older, both accomplished, asked me whether I will apply to online jobs on their behalf. Log in, answer the questions, post the resume and cover letter etc.

I do not do this, and it is a purposeful choice. I could charge for the time to do this task, but I find those online applications so tedious, sometimes repetitious, sometimes ridiculous, that were I to do this I would be driven to copious amounts of wine!

That's not a job for me, and if I need more justification, it's not the most productive use of my time.

I have heard from more than these two gentlemen that online applications can be time consuming and extremely irritating. (Sometimes the process times you out and you have to begin again!) I think that statistics prove this as well.

Did you know that of the 200 job hunters who typically begin filling an online application only 100 will complete it? Fully half give up. Those who manage to persevere and complete the application might consider offering a service to those who don't have the patience to complete the application. This is the way a new job title is born - where something is broken, someone can fix it!

Thought I'd throw that idea out there for an enterprising reader who isn't afraid to "think outside the box" when it comes to a job!

And there's a potential job at the other end of this process. What about devising an application process that is streamlined without repetitions, redundancies and ridiculous questions? What about figuring out what one question to ask that will weed out those who are just going through the motions and don't really want this job? Surely this recruitment step can be improved?

In the meantime, to make sure that your resume is strong and can outperform the 99 other applicants who managed to complete the online application, New Leaf is ready to be of service.

- recreating resumes from mediocre to first-class, Stephanie