I was getting ready to send out a few resumes and see where they stick.
Once again I’ve encountered the scourge of Canberra: the custom-built employment portal and the mountain of position criteria.
From a UX point of view this seems self-defeating. I understand wanting to take a few steps to weed out unsuitable candidates but how hard can it be to scan the most recent positions and throw a resume in the “to-do pile?”
I’ve hired people. For the best ones, you’re lucky if they even send you their resume. If you throw up barriers they aren’t going to say “Oh, sure, I’ve got an hour to spend on your pedantic essay!” They just move on and send the resume to the next person. For the worst ones, you quickly figure out they can barely speak English because the sentences in their resume exhibit such pathetic syntax or you notice that they have no experience because they haven’t listed anything intelligent on their resume.
Selection criteria are a joke. There are textbooks written about how to convince the Canberra HR idiots that you know how to jump through their hoops and there are services you can hire to help you write the “perfect application” as if your mind-reading abilities (ability to pretend to be what they think they want) are more important than who you are and what you can do.
I already have offers so I can’t be bothered dealing with “You must register an account with this company’s employment website to apply for the only job we’re actually advertising.” I hope the lazy local HR take a good long hard look at themselves.