One response to “Hiring experiences”

  1. Carmen Parisi

    The thing I hated most was filling out online applications that were basically asking me to copy and paste my resume into various fields. And then upload a plaintext version of the resume too. And create a separate user account for each company. All of this knowing I would never hear a single word from a company other than the automated emails thanking me for applying. After 2 or 3 of those I just decided to quit applying to those jobs. It worked out well, 3 co-ops and 2.5 job offers later I never had to fill out a stupid online application. Thinking about my classmates I can’t remember anyone every saying they ever heard back from any company if they fired off an online application.

    Thankfully my college hosted a huge Career Fair in the Spring and Fall which gave everyone an opportunity to actually meet hiring managers and engineers face to face and bypass the online process. I probably would have had to suffer through way more online applications than I did if the Career Fair didn’t exist. Even at the fair though you had to be wary; for every company there to actually interview and hire people, there was at least an equal number just there to direct you to their company website. Whenever I found out the HR person I was talking to had no hiring power and was only there to collect resumes and direct people to the website I flat out asked for my resume back.