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January 3, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Digitas job response via

Monster_1Monster_2An anonymous reader writes:

I recently submitted my resume online via for an opening at Digitas for a Senior Interaction Designer.  The submission process was easy; no complaints there.  

The problem arose when I received an auto-reply that my submission was received at 5:56 pm and then another reply at 5:57 pm saying, "While your qualifications are impressive, we do not feel they are a strong match for our current needs."  


Obviously, no human being could have read my resume and turned me down in a minute.  I guess that it was keyword searching my resume for relevance, but there are many terms in our industry for the same thing. So, I tried to reword my resume and resubmit (not lie - just better match my language to be consistent with the job posting).  I got the same response a minute later.  I know I'm qualified to be considered for this position based on the job description, and yet no human eyes will ever see my resume.  

What happened?


how bout that attractive 'reply-to' address eh?

Posted by: gmangw at January 3, 2006 12:17 AM

While this comment's qualifications are impressive, we do not feel they are a strong match for our current needs

Posted by: john russell at January 3, 2006 12:19 AM

Good example of irony given the position applied for.

Posted by: J. Scott at January 3, 2006 12:27 AM

Their response seems pretty much in line with what I've come to expect from Digitas as an interactive agency ;)

Posted by: MAC at January 3, 2006 06:45 AM

Perhaps this is a canned response which comes back if the position is no longer available? (i.e. perhaps the position was filled or cancelled, and this is the standard response until they can fill in more details about why it isn't available?)

Posted by: Tim at January 3, 2006 09:16 AM

It looks like you still haven't guessed the five keywords that must be in your resume for it to get past stage 1.

Posted by: Will at January 3, 2006 11:10 AM

I'm with tim on this one. it's probobly a canned letter for when the cant have any more hirees or somthing. broken nonetheless.

Posted by: schwal at January 3, 2006 12:01 PM

It's possble the position is filled, but it's much more likely that they are just fishing for resumes. It's a pretty common technique.

Posted by: brock at January 3, 2006 12:16 PM

I would report this kind of thing to Monster since it diminshes the value of their service.

Posted by: Alex B at January 3, 2006 02:22 PM

You're not hired!

Posted by: Donald Trump at January 3, 2006 02:56 PM

One minute is plenty of time for a human being to reject your resume if he knows you, and hates you.

Posted by: Pat at January 4, 2006 03:10 PM

I use to work there...this is typical

Posted by: hounder at January 4, 2006 05:43 PM

I bet he wrote it in, went to with Firefox, and sent it with Thunderbird. Buisnesses(yes, bweesnesses) hate open source, so they put their company at risk by making everybody use Microsoft products. I'd never use a server running Windows...

Posted by: Jello B. at January 4, 2006 06:01 PM

What the hell is a "Buisness/Bweesness"?

Posted by: Alex B at January 4, 2006 08:13 PM

It's a Strong Bad Email reference. The thing is here:

Unless these comments support HTML, in which case:


Posted by: Jello B. at January 5, 2006 01:53 AM

I know! Your computer is square, but theirs are cubes, Which makes it impossible for you to get a job unless you have a 3-dimentional shape!

Posted by: I M SMRT at January 6, 2006 02:24 PM

Think about it!

Posted by: I M SMRT at January 6, 2006 02:25 PM


Posted by: I M SMRT at January 6, 2006 02:26 PM

Nathan is a n00b!

Posted by: I M SMRT at January 6, 2006 02:34 PM

Nathan is a n00b!

you are all nerds!

Posted by: I M SMRT at January 6, 2006 02:35 PM

You've been replaced by a shell script - just like the human resource employee last week. ;-(

Posted by: Laughing Outloud at February 7, 2006 04:01 AM

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