Liz Ryan on Wasting Time with Online Job Applications (Don’t Do It!!)

I was going to copy my favorite lines from Liz Ryan’s LinkedIn article into a post, but there were too many of them.  Almost the entire post.  I remember using online applications in my job search, back in 2006, and it went something like this:

  1. Upload resume to job I wanted to apply to.
  2. Spend 45 minutes to fill out a form, which basically asked questions that were all in my resume. So, a lot of copy/paste, and 45 minutes of wondering why they didn’t just take the info from my resume I just uploaded.
  3. No kidding, this happened more than not: after I finished, get some kind of error message that the process failed, and to come back and do it again.

This happened enough that I dreaded the online application process. I got anxiety when I got to the point of filling one out.  Yuck.

Liz’s post (read it here) talks about what to do instead of filling out the form online.  She is spot-on.

The thing I don’t agree with is her point #8:

“8) Log your sent Pain Packet in a simple spreadsheet you’ve created to track your job-search activity.”

JibberJobber is clearly the right place to log any job search activity.  A simple spreadsheet, even a complex spreadsheet, is a waste of time and effort.  Check out the comments she put in her article from Arthur, a little bit lower:

“I’m never going completely off the job market again!”


“I completely forgot about my second Pain Letter.”


“Now that my eyes are opened about managing my career, I figured ‘Why waste a potential contact?'”

Each of these statements support using a more robust, long-term tool than a spreadsheet. When you are at this point of realization in your career management, you’ll know that a spreadsheet is NOT a long-term career management solution.  Not only is it a pain, and not as functional (or feature-rich) as JibberJobber, it’s not going to last as long as a SaaS solution will.

What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get serious about JibberJobber!