Why Applying for Jobs Online Doesn’t Work

By spikeindustries

It’s a bold statement, and to be fair, sometimes it does work. Nearly every Recruiter will post their vacancies online and a lot of companies will too. I know people that got into their current role by applying for a job online and I bet you do too. Here’s the thing; for every person that did get their job through applying for it online, there are tens of thousands that didn’t.

So why is it, that the minute people want to start looking for a new job, they turn to SEEK or one of the many other, job advertisement websites? Because that is what we know! That is what society tells us to do, am I right? Here is a great example of this. Just recently the Federal Government announced the launch of the ‘Jobs Hub’ website; an online portal, and so called “one stop shop for available positions across the country”, which is what many job ad sites already do. Sites like Adzuna, Jora and Indeed, list job vacancies from different sites all over Australia and deliver them in one place.

Here are a few reasons why I believe applying for jobs online, doesn’t work …

It’s too Competitive

Did you know that job adverts can receive anywhere from 60 – 300 applicants? Entry level jobs can get even more! I don’t know about you, but for me, those odds aren’t great … if it were a raffle, sure I’d chuck in $2, but I would be very surprised if I got the phone call saying I had won one of the prizes. If you are applying for jobs online and are not getting a call back for an interview, it could just be that the jobs you are applying for are receiving a lot of applicants … and you aren’t in the top 3.


You may not be Dealing with a Human

Due to modern technology, there are now automated systems in place for a lot of the mundane tasks associated with recruiting. I’m sorry to say it, but any company, whether it be a Recruitment Agency or large Company, sifting through 300 resumes is no longer a job for a human. Even though we are seeing a rise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology being used in recruitment software, I doubt that is going to help with picking up on your “transferable skills” and “bubbly personality”, or the fact that you “really, really want the job”.


It can be Soul Destroying

You have been unemployed for two weeks now. After breakfast, you sit down at your computer, jump on the SEEK website and fire off your resume to the latest job ads that have come through in the last day. “The early bird gets the worm” you announce to yourself, feeling positive, that today could be the day you hear back about one of the many jobs you have applied for. You open your inbox to see not one, but three responses from advertised positions. You take a deep breathe and click on the first email, “Thanks for sending through your application, unfortunately you haven’t been successful in making it to the shortlist on this occasion, but we will keep your details on file for future opportunities” … Oh well, it just wasn’t meant to be. You open the other two emails, only to find out that it is another two “thanks, but no thanks” emails. At least they responded, right? You think about calling them, perhaps you can get a bit more feedback. But after yesterday’s attempts at that, you know they will just take your number and get back to you when they can. You have been doing the same thing every morning, for the last two weeks now and you can’t help but feel a bit deflated. This is what happens when we get rejected. Rejection causes us more than some emotional pain. It hurts our self-esteem, causes us anger or sadness, and knocks us off course from feeling stability in our lives.

If you are one of the many Job Seekers reading this and feeling down because you aren’t getting any success applying for jobs online, then I urge you to try something new!

Some other ways of getting a job include:

  • Having an up-to-date LinkedIn account
  • Attending networking events and industry seminars relevant to the jobs you want (due to Covid-19 a lot of these will be online but don’t let that stop you from joining)
  • Reaching out to people who are already in the job you want, and asking them what steps they took to get there
  • Volunteering in a related field
  • Phoning companies that you are interested in, even when they aren’t advertising, and registering your details with them – then staying in touch regularly

Check out Spike Industries, The Get Hired Guide for access to the online training for Job Seekers