A couple of weeks ago I signed up to a platform called Hired.
As someone interested in finding a job abroad, I eagerly sign-up to any kind of job search platform “with a twist”. On paper – or, from their homepage – they looked pretty nifty.
On the website’s main menu there was a specific and highlighted button for “International applicants”. I told myself “of course they need to discriminate international applicants from local, US-based ones” – or, to put it simply “visas are bitches”.
The login system integrated with LinkedIn is a life saver for all those information that you’re usually require to re-write every time you apply for a job.
Anyway, my registration process stumbled when they asked me my “expected US salary”.
If you ever tried to look for a job abroad you are well aware of the painstaking process of understanding the salary level for your job in this or that country. Even in the same country (especially in the US!) salary level can be quite different between different regions and cities.
Moreover, the economic situation of your country of origin (in my case, Italy) can be profoundly different from the country where you should end up, making comparisons almost impossibile.
So I expected a tailored experience as an international applicant, one where I could be guided though information regarding salary level and costs of living in the US.
When you ask someone willing to relocate “How much money do you want to earn?” – and this is a piece of advice for head hunters and recruiters too – you should be able to give that someone a frame of reference. Or don’t make the question at all, because, most of the times, the answer is possibly inaccurate.
So I quit filling in my details. “Whatever”.
Today I received an email from Hired: they where aware that my registration process wasn’t complete, they where asking for a follow-up.
So I went to the website, put a somewhat random amount of money in the “Expected salary” box, completed my profile, and I was ready to be astonished by a decent amount of job offers.
Shortly after, this is what Hired told me:
The International Auction has received an overwhelming number of applications, and we regret that we are unable to work with many impressive applicants due to legal and logistical constraints.
So, Hired, why bother with an international applicant form in the first place, if you don’t have the knowledge and the skills required to handle such requests?
It’s not nice offering such a horrible user experience for something critical as finding a job abroad. Very badly played, Hired.