Depending on where you're looking, it's not uncommon for HR people to use some software to search for certain buzz words in a resume. The lock on
.doc files may be (have been) as much a limitation of their software than anything else.
HR? Who be 'dat?
My first job out of college ('84) and '90 have had two memorable things:
1. HR was involved with the former, as they were the ones running with headhunters.
2. The second one was via a headhunter. I was handed a clipboard with paperwork. I hadn't it back to them and said something to the effect, "I have to leave". I stopped by the first phone booth I could find and called the responsible party. His first comment? "That was short -- how did it go?" "I am terminating our relationship. One of the things which is supposed to happen is to bypass the HR people, regardless of how tightly woven are the organizational chart. Besides, don't you get a commission if you place me? That should make certain burdens a lot lighter."
Word got around that this guy was doing nothing but pulling ads out of the newspaper and cold-calling both parties.
bottom line: I don't go through HR and I don't fill out applications.
If they are so bureaucratic [b]everything[/b] they have to jump through loops, then they are too tightly wound and I know I don't want to work there.
Speaking of HR, I can't resist dragging this to the forefront:
A woman was facing an application and ran into this:
Sex [x]M [x]F (And sometimes on Wednesday!)