Those who have read my blog or have heard me speak know that I tend to rant against the “apply online and hope” approach to a job search. Along those lines, my wife forwarded me this article from Fast Company where the author describes how he created a robot to blast his resume and cover letter at high volume into the online application abyss. He even set it up so that these documents were auto-customized (to comply the traditional belief that generic applications aren’t effective). The results were not good.
The online application process has been automated and sterilized. I invite any international student still investing their precious job search time in applying online to read the article, and explain why they think they can accomplish what this robot couldn’t!