I’m getting close to going all Unibomber when it comes to technology. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a geek. I’ve been a tech guy since the days of 300 baud modems, but I’ve about had it with the “labor-saving” ways of online job applications.
One website I use to look for work is Work in Texas (clever huh?). It’s the site the state requires job seekers to use if they’re collecting unemployment benefits, which I’m now opting to do. It matches you to various jobs and allows you to search for all sorts of positions including those with state agencies.
I’ve been seriously trying to land a position with the state where I might work with child placement, child support, foster parents and the like. After 35+ years reporting on the seedier segments of society I thought I might try to find a job where I could possibly help people.
However, the algorithms that match me to jobs also disqualify me from applying for positions where I don’t have experience…even if no experience is required! The digital diva decides I don’t meet the requirements listed in the posting. The problem is some of those requirements are things like, “at least 3 years of college” or “some high school.” Well, I have 5 years of college and a high school diploma, but the algorithms don’t see an exact match to “3” or “some,” so it says, “You are not qualified” and the website won’t let me apply. It also rejects me from applying for jobs below my stated salary preference. I’ve tried changing preferences, adding in numerous keywords and even falsifying a few skill sets, but so far I’ve yet to bust through the electronic guardian’s defenses.
The result is this artificially intelligent gatekeeping on the website designed to help job seekers is blocking me from seeking jobs.
I feel like I’m screaming at the sky.
Posted by Michael Main