In the early days, there were so many stories about the web was going to revolutionize the job market -- and, for a time, it seemed like it did. Companies could post jobs, applicants could post resumes, and everything seemed a lot more efficient. But, it didn't last. People began to realize that posting resumes online could be dangerous, but more importantly, the ease of applying to jobs online meant that companies were getting inundated, and simply deleting most of them. Those two links are from years ago -- but it looks like very little has changed. The NY Times is saying that finding a job online isn't very easy, and it's unlikely to be helped by the fact that a bunch of online job hunting sites are going to be teaming up to create a national "exchange" where you can go to find even more available jobs. Of course, in many cases, it's this ease of applying that's to blame. At least here at Techdirt, too many of the resumes we see coming in are terrible. The people who send them in put no effort into making it clear why we would want to hire them or what they can offer us. It's just cut and paste, and send to as many places as possible. Of course, this isn't new either. We've had stories about the low quality of online resumes as well. If you're looking for a job, then it helps to actually make an effort to show why you deserve it.
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