No matter how hard you try to avoid it, at some point during your job search you will undoubtedly fall victim to the dreaded “resume black hole”—a mysterious place at hiring companies where hundreds of thousands of job applications go never to be seen or heard from again. And that means you, along with scores of other job seekers, will be left frustrated not knowing whether you’re still under consideration or if you were rejected weeks or even months earlier.
In my 10+ years working as a career consultant, I have to say there’s no more frustrating aspect for job seekers than not hearing back from companies to which they’ve applied—something StartWire, a new company focused on radically improving the job search, hopes to change.
“If you’re able to easily track an order from Amazon.com every step of the way, why shouldn’t you be able to do the same with your job applications?” asked Chris Forman, CEO of StartWire, as he was explaining the rationale behind his new business venture. And as luck would have it, the information needed to provide status updates to candidates is already available as part of the Applicant Tracking Software packages used by most large companies.
With StartWire’s new data aggregation engine, job seekers are able to view the status of their applications online through a customizable dashboard and/or receive daily text updates from a list of 1,000+ employers (a list they hope to grow to more than 4,000 employers within the next month).
According to Forman, initial response has been remarkable. “Companies need to start treating job seekers like customers—after all, the job search can be pretty darn emotional.”
Beyond their application update engine, they also offer an expanding assortment of tools designed to help you more effectively leverage your social networks to find a job.
Have you tried StartWire? If so, post a comment and share your thoughts on whether they’ve been able to make the “resume black hole” a little less dark.