A firm handshake followed by an on the spot interview are tales of a job market and application process from the past, an employment related endeavor that has changed radically over the past 20 years and some would argue not for the better.
Days of walking into a company and applying in person or dropping off a hard copy resume exist but only in bits and pieces. Today's version of that shreds the notion of paperwork and favors sitting comfortably behind a computer and submitting one resume and cover letter after another that mirrors more of an assembly line that actual art form as far as tailoring the documents with job specificity.
For applicants, applying online seems simple and convenient at the core but those job seekers lose a lot of personal touch and true impression as a result.
The only impression that exists in today's day and age of the online herding of resumes by an employer is how well you can write, spell or if you happen to hit on any number of key words or phrases. Those key words ultimately determine whether your resume or cover letter wind up in the "yes" or "no" pile.
Now, this isn't suggesting that qualifications aren't incredibly paramount as part of this process. If you're applying for a job as a nurse and you only have experience in customer service at a bank, then the key words naturally are a moot point.
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