I stumbled across this interesting article on Fast Company where someone decided to build a computer program to automatically search and apply to jobs for him. The first time he turned it on, the program ended up applying to over 1,300 jobs in one day!
Since most application processes involved an applicant tracking system that uses tech to filter out applicants, why not fight fire with fire right?
Ultimately the author's conclusion was that even with a bot sending hundreds of applications, the numbers game approach didn't work.
A few other interesting insights from the article:
Other recruiters I’ve spoken to since running my robo-experiments suggested that most positions on job boards were either posted by an HR person who’s since changed jobs, or they have already been filled
The number of jobs you apply to has no correlation to whether you’ll be considered, and you won’t be considered for jobs you don’t get the chance to apply to
As far as I could tell from this experiment and others like it, nobody reads cover letters–not even other robots like ATS algorithms.
At the end of the day, many successful job applications still require a people element whether it is having someone in your network refer you or building a relationship with a store manager at a place that you want to work with. That's why at Jobcase we are getting people to spend less time blindly dropping resumes into online sites and focus more on people and community in the job search.