Quote from thatgirl2478
I would ALSO be prepared to be told that all applicants should go through their online job search/application channels. It seems like going in face to face would be the best method for job searching, but that's not always the case! In today's business environment they automate as much as possible, which includes scanning resumes for key terms to determine fit (it stinks, but it's true).
True that! Several years ago, I applied to a local hospital system for a few jobs for which I was well-qualified according to the specifications in the job postings. Each individual job posting on the organization's website stated
at the top of the page, in plain English, that you could apply either by mail or online, and the link to download the paper application form was prominently displayed. Since I had always prided myself on putting together a good-looking application packet, I downloaded the form and mailed in application packets. I never got contacted about an interview, never heard anything back at all. Eventually, the website would indicate that the position had been filled. I applied for another position (by mail -- the job listing specifically stated that you could apply by mail or online), and, this time, someone from HR contacted me to say that they were really interested in me, but the organization had officially instructed the HR people to just trash all paper applications and only process online applications, and could I please reapply for that position through the online process? I really appreciated the call(!), but pointed out that each and every job posting specifically said that either form of application was acceptable; if the decision had been made to only accept online applications and discard all paper applications, why on earth hadn't that been changed on the job postings? She said she didn't know (and that particular HR person was unaware that I had submitted previous applications, it turned out), but she would mention that to the higher-ups. I reapplied for the position through the online process, promptly got an interview, and promptly got a job offer. Don't bother physically showing up and walking around (until they invite you to come) -- just go through the online application process!