RE: online employment applications
There are a bazillion different types of online application systems in use these days. Generally, they are set up to automatically screen applications based on specific criteria. For instance, if the job posting says "minimum of 5 years experience", it will reject any applicants that do not have at least 5 years of experience... duh, right? Some systems also have the option of having some built-in screening questions like a mini-interview and the applicant's responses are used to cull out the 'best' responses based on some sort of criteria.
But - online systems are dumb simply because they are automated systems. They will also reject applications that aren't filled out exactly how the (automated) system wants them to be. So if you miss a field or try to type in a word when it's expecting a date, you are SOL. Be sure to read and follow all of the instructions - to the letter. Be sure to double-check your entry for the position number for the job you're applying for. If you're attaching a cover letter or resume, don't use any fancy fonts or slick formatting... these may look
great to human eyes, but turn into gibberish because the application system can only cope with Arial and Times Roman. It's a very one-dimensional universe out there in online-application land so make sure that all of the 'stuff' that represents you is of the highest quality. No spelling
mistakes. Make sure you aren't confusing your 'theres' and 'heres'. Be sure that all of your work history information is complete.. including that job you were fired from after 3 months. Remember, with today's technology they can have nearly instantaneous verification of all that stuff.
In most cases there is an actual HR human being on the receiving end. S/he is responsible for reviewing the applications that 'met the cut' and flipping the switch that sends them to the hiring manager - who then decides who to interview.
Good Luck!!! Sometimes that's all it takes