NIH Nightmare - Online Job Application Systems
With an uncomfortably long period of unsuccessful job hunting under my belt, I'm beginning to wonder what it is that drives every company to develop its own unique web tools for accepting job applications.
All you're doing is creating a unique record, asking users to populate fields with a bunch of very similar data, and storing a single binary object. Why does this process need to be re-invented 417,000 times?
Words fail me. OK, that's not true, I have a lot of words to describe the next online job application system I run across, and I typically re-input the exact same data into 10-15 of them every week. Every system is a new and different way to collect the same information. Sometimes the site itself is redundant. You want my resume in ASCII format and I'm supposed to upload it? Even worse, upload it first so the website can attempt to helpfully fill in the form itself. Of course, any resume template not shipped with MS Word 2003 fails and I'm left editing everything obsessively for fear I might miss a wrongly auto-populated field, and end up telling the HR department that my salary requirements are 11/03/2006-Present.
A single submission utility, configurable by the user and supported widely by employers, could solve this problem. Lacking that, I guess there's only one thing that can stop the madness...
... somebody hire me!