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How online job boards are making it easier to apply for openings

March 30, 2021, 9:00 PM UTC

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Job seekers are getting extra help from online job boards in applying for openings.

The latest to assist is Ladders, which has debuted a feature that lets subscribers hand some of the tedious aspects of applying to someone else. Users can ask Ladders workers to manually complete their applications, “typically on the same day,” based on information that users provide, Ladders said.

The feature, called Apply4Me, is supposed to save users time and hassle. It’s similar to services offered by fellow job sites Indeed and LinkedIn, which are free and rely on automation software to power the application process.

The new Ladders feature relies on humans rather than on machine learning or other automation because of the possibility of technology introducing errors. However, the company said that it does “foresee a time” when certain job applications “will be successfully sent using an automated process.” 

The new Ladders feature comes as millions of Americans search for work amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the number of filled jobs people is still down 9.5 million from before COVID hit in March, according to Indeed.