In case you recently lost your job it is only logical that you will apply for another job. You may end up with 10 or maybe even 20 applications. But what if you ended up with more than 1,000 job applications, that too made accidently.
Robert Coombs who has been working at a national nonprofit since 2012 had been applying for jobs at major tech companies. He saw that the teams that were trained under his supervision got better than him. Coombs saw that most of such big companies deploy applicant tracking systems (ATS) that are designed to filter recruits by different keywords such as the previous workplace, schooling, academics, etc.
Coombs said that he is not from an engineering background, but he knows how to somehow automate things for data processing, web content, etc. He invented a similar tool, which he calls a robot, that will automate the process of his job application. His system is a digital implementation of the Rube Goldbergian contraption that is composed of crawlers, spreadsheets, and scripts
Wikipedia describes Rube Goldberg Ian contraption as a “deliberately complicated contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence.”
The first version of Coombs’ robot sent customized emails to different hiring managers that included a personalized cover letter and his resume. It was able to track responses to those emails including the ones sent by autoresponders.
“The first time I fired it up I accidentally applied to about 1,300 jobs in the Midwest during the time it took me to get a cup of coffee across the street,” Coombs wrote in his post. He then terminated the operation and worked on improvements. When he reached version 5.0, Coombs ended up with 538 job applications.
Eventually, he got calls from 43 companies. The companies were small and didn’t have ATS filtering system. He followed up with 20 companies and got positive responses with everyone from everyone after telling about his automatic process.
Source: Fast Company