At Find My Profession, we enjoy helping clients apply for online jobs. In the process of doing this, and looking for online jobs, we come across many companies who attempt to build career sections. These career sections have places to apply for online jobs. And that is where we come across the problems below.
Headache #1: Billion-dollar company...10 dollar career section
We come across a LinkedIn or Indeed job posting that reads, “Apply on Company Website”. The website is run by a billion-dollar company, so we expect to see a sharp and clean application process.
Not so fast. After landing on the application page, we find a text-only page straight out of 2001 that looks thrown together by a writer and web developer. Even worse than this, the links do not work or the page freezes. There are no company logos on the page and all the billion-dollar “gusto” is nowhere to be found.
Solution: Read the job description and look to see if it mentions the hiring manager by name with an email. Then, reach out to the person directly and explain how you had tried to use the application form. You may also find the hiring manager on LinkedIn.
Headache #2: The elusive job posting on a company website
You came across the perfect opportunity when looking for online jobs. You click the link and…The job is nowhere to be found.
You then do a keyword search for the job and still have no luck. But you are positive you had just seen it!
Solution: It is safe to assume that the link to the job was living on another site, but the job listing was removed. It happens and when it does it is best to move on. Forget about it. The job is no longer available or was posted by mistake in the first place.
Headache #3: When the application process is broken
When you start looking for online jobs, the assumption may be that the application submission will be flawless. After all, talent acquisition is very important to the growth of a company!
So, it may come as a surprise when you try to submit your resume and come across technical issues. The “Submit” button has no link embedded or the page jumps to a dead link. Maybe, the screen freezes. All of this can be frustrating, especially if you spent a good amount of time filling out the application form.
Solution: If possible, use the company’s live chat to see if you can get support. If this does not work, try the solution from headache #1. Reaching out directly to people in charge of hiring is a great way to network, not just for one job, but for others in the future.
Headache #4: Company databases not saving logins and passwords
There are companies we all desire to work for. And quite often, we have to create a profile on a company database to get into their system. But when you try to apply for online jobs, the company database always seems to forget your login information.
This is highly unfortunate and you would be surprised if you knew the big tech companies it happens with. They may do this for security reasons, yes, but if the login and password won’t be saved, they should just allow people to submit resumes.
Solution: It is hard to tell some days if companies are actually trying to test job candidates with their application processes. If there appears to not be a terrible amount of resources invested in the talent acquisition tool, go around it. Try to find someone on LinkedIn to connect with. Of course, as frustrating as it may be, you can just fill out a new company profile every time you visit the website.
Headache #5: Fake job postings
You see a job you want and click the proper link to apply. The next thing you know, you are taken to a page asking you to fill out a profile. Only this profile is for a job listing website. The job you thought you were applying to does not exist, but the info was used to attract new profile creations from job candidates.
This is as much a buzzkill as it is a headache for those trying to apply for online jobs.
Solution: The best thing to do is back out and not fill out the profile. Unless you want to receive spam and job alerts from new websites you have no interest in. Better yet, you can skip this headache and get people to apply for you much like the services at Find My Profession.