How employers share job openings and how candidates apply for jobs is increasingly out of step with how humans actually process information. Think about it. In our tablet and smartphone world, could there be a worse way to hire than the hidebound ritual of:
An employer writing a dull text-heavy job description full of empty fluffy words like “team player” or “self starter” or “dynamic environment.” (Often the most descriptive part of it is the sentence “Other duties as assigned.”)
Then the employer tosses that dull, wordy description into the vast void of the internet, hoping that highly skilled people will bump into it, be fascinated by it, and take action to pursue it.
Then hordes of total strangers guess at what the employer really wants, and demonstrate their sincere interest by transmitting a text based resume full of those same bland meaningless phrases. The resume they send theoretically condenses their entire professional life (and all of their interests and capabilities) into 2 pages or less.
Then, after a few hundred such resumes arrive, someone determines which handful of people will progress to the point of an actual conversation.