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Saturday, January 6, 2007

Online job applications

I see more and more employers who are moving to an automated Q and A application process at the time you submit your resume online. There was recently a big article about Google's new system for screening candidates (for jobs at Google), and many other large companies have some form of an automated system as well. I am looking for feedback from job seekers who have gone through the process and can shed some light on the impact this will have on job seekers over 40 -- do any of the questions look like they are designed to reveal your age? Obviously it would need to be subtle, but is it there? Is there a sense that these automated systems are leading to more or less interviews for job seekers over 40? I'd really like to hear comments about this, so we can highlight for people what is really going on out there...

On a completely different note, we are getting more and more requests from staffing firms to post positions on our site; they don't quite get it yet -- Jobs4.0 posts jobs from actual employers only. We have seen way too many cases of older workers applying for one position at a staffing firm only to get called for a temp job for 3 hours on a Sunday....our candidates want real jobs at good companies that value over 40 workers. We received a great deal of new jobs yesterday from several companies around the US, and our momentum is definitely building. But it takes time to do this the right way, without the "work at home" schemes and all the other nonsense that populates some other job boards. We are making incredible progress. Thanks for your support. it is all very exciting... Lots more media events on the way, stay tuned.....
have a good weekend.

2 comments:

NoJoCo said...

I've used something similar to the online questions with a few employers... though, it was sometime ago. I recall there was a question regarding what year I graduated college. I guess they'll do the math from there!

What's a real shame is the sterility of even applying on-line. There's benefits, but employers whom may look at your resume only see your resume; but, obviously, they don't see the real person behind it.

suzanne said...

Welllllllllll seems to me I have filled out a few online apps on they all ask for birthday and SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. I'm not happy to be doing this and as nojoco it truly doesn't matter your presentation, image etc. Just give them the answers and they may contact you! I wish I could be more positive as I'm way over your 40. I'm playing a game with myself at the moment to see how many companies over 50 AARP will contact me when I fill out the applications. I'll stay in touch.