During online job applications, why do future employees have to fill out their entire work history despite the fact that they've already allowed you to upload your resume?
You have just encountered The Applicant Tracking System (ATS). These systems have problems which have resulted in candidates having to re-enter all of their resume into the system.1. Technical Extraction ProblemsIn the earliest versions of the ATS, an applicant would submit their resume and the system would work behind the scenes to extract the data. This process is called parsing. Then the recruiter would search the system for new applicants. Unfortunately, the resume format and the fields for the ATS job application did not always match up. This meant that a perfectly qualified candidate might never be seen by a recruiter, because their information was not pulled from their resume into the system correctly. This brings us to the next issue. 2. Extended Length of Time to ApplyBecause ATS programs cannot reliably pull information from the resume, due to the extraction problem, the new wave in ATS procedures is to have the candidate re-enter all of their information into the software. This significantly extends the time it takes to apply for a job and adds a level of frustration for candidates that often have busy lives. The most qualified candidates may be too busy to even pursue a job search in today’s hiring climate hurting the company’s chance of finding the best talent.3. Job Skill Mismatch IssuesThe Wall Street Journal, 2012 and Forbes, 2022 called the Applicant Tracking System a “resume black hole” and CIO, 2012 stated, “Error-prone applicant tracking systems kill 75 percent of job seeker’s chances of landing an interview as soon as they submit their resumes, despite how qualified they may be.”These systems are part of a $4B industry meant to save recruiters time by limiting how many candidates they have to review. In other words, their job is to screen you out as a candidate and they are doing a fantastic job at it, maybe too good. According to a 2022 Wall Street Journal article, 52% of employers are complaining that they cannot find qualified hires and a 2022 PBS story on modern hiring systems found that “modern recruiting technology is a failure.” These systems do not work for candidates or employers but they are here to stay because the average Fortune 500 job advertisement receives over 1,000 applications and recruiters do not have time to look at all of them. A Wharton School of Business Researcher Robert Cappelli stated "one manager told me that in his company 25,000 applicants had applied for a standard engineering job, yet none were rated as qualified. How could that be? Just put in enough of these yes/no requirements and it becomes mathematically unlikely that anyone will get through." These questions are used as an extra screening layer to limit the amount of qualified candidates that the recruiter must screen. In many cases, the employers do not even remember programming yes/no questions into the ATS. Its existence is the entire reason for my free class.Get Your FREE Career Change Training Here