Lost in the Forest…

Posted: 20/01/2012 by C. Matt Hewes in Bits 'n' Bobs
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.. of Job search sites and vacancies..

I was checking my applications the other day, just to -sort of- keep duplication of applications at bay. And whaddayaknow.. it appears I applied for a certain position six times! No wonder those Recruitment Agencies don’t bother sending a confirmation of sorts. Their reaction is very likely one similar to: “Oh, here’s him again..”, their auto-response engines set to ‘send once to recurring senders’, or Employers will just delete your response upon reading your name for the umpteenth time.

It’s not deliberately though.. More often than not, the same positions are advertised by different Agencies, just in a slight different wording. Another chance of duplication is the fact that the position is auto-released every single day! If you filter on the latest new vacancies, they’ll be there every day, over and over again, till someone realises it needs removing as the position was filled three months ago (OK, exaggerating here, keep yer hair on)!

And then there’s the different sites which are really one and the same (think TotalJobs & CWJobs, Jobsite & the-one-I-forgot-the-name-of).. Apply on one site and both get updates, you’d think.. WRONG! Not so.. Hence, it’ll happen that you apply for a position on both sites, through different Agencies, repeated the day after.. that soon adds up to.. er.. tens of applications by the one person for one position.. – dizzifying, innit? I wonder how many soft-copies some of those agencies must have of my CV by now!

Anyway, I hope there’ll be some Recruitment Exec’s, or acquaintances of aforementioned who reads my Blog and can appreciate my plea / idea:

Can you Agencies not create one single, shared database of vacancies in the Cloud (after all, what’s it for, eh?), and flag them as “already applied” when a certain candidate attempts to apply for the same role via a member Recruitment Agency? It could be done quite simple, by providing a unique identifier to every vacancy posted and stored; the unique identifier would relate to the record stored in the Cloud and, in combination with the Username or E-mail address trigger an “already applied” message..

Heck, I’ll even be the Business Analyst to get all Recruitment noses pointing the same direction (hint, nudge).. I could even use my writing experience to document the whole process (re-hint.. re-nudge), in several languages (re-re-hint, re-re-nudge)!

I’ll vacate the Soap Box now but be warned; I’ll be back, as a famous Austrian Philosopher said..

Enjoy your weekend, all!

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