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What happens when you build a bot to automatically apply to jobs for you

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!

https://www.fastcompany.com/3069166/i-built-a-bot-to-apply-to-thousands-of-jobs-at-once-heres-what-i-learned

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.

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Jose Pena
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John, that is quite an interesting idea of creating a bot or script that applies for various jobs for you online.

I know this isn't quite relating to the article, but I remember in high school and college people were creating bots or scripts for using IRC (Internet Relay Chat), the old text-based chat programs back in 1996. IRC was sort of the grandfather for more modern online real-time chatting like cellphone texting, AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), SnapChat, and even now with Facebook Chat.

The only thing I can say about the dangers of using a bot apply for various jobs for you is that there is a risk of identity theft. Hackers may somehow modify your scripts and steal sensitive or personal information, like your cellphone number and social security number.

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Jose Pena
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After reading the original article, I still find the idea of having a bot or script apply for you an interesting idea. However, I agree with the author that it pays to know someone or to simply have referrals for the companies that you are applying with.

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Britt Hutcheson
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I guess it can be a great idea. However, I am a recruiter and many times when people “apply” for a position, that role can either already been filled; or the resume never gets to the proper dept. It usually gets thrown into cyberspace. Many openings one may see online are not even available. The company sometimes doesn’t update the online job opportunities.

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Twanda Patin
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Wow

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Lynne Eodice
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Getting referrals rather than using a Bot to apply for jobs is probably still the best way to get a job. However, I still think it's best to be in the right place at the right time. I got my ultimate job with a magazine by submitting my resume, and knew nobody at the company. I just had the right qualifications and keywords.

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Michael Winius
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It doesn't surprise me a bit.

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