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The Evolution of the Job Application


People used to say the greatest invention was the wheel. Now, if you ask a young person applying for jobs what the greatest invention is, the answer would be the internet.


You used to be able to walk into a workplace and hand your resume and paper application over and speak to a hiring manager immediately. Now, it’s not so easy. You’re asked to fill out an online application that asks you to upload your resume, and then fill in the same information on the next 17 pages. And then repeat the process for every single job or job search site. How did we get here?




Let’s take a look at the progress we’ve made in the world of job searching.


1632- First post office established.

Allowing people to mail letters and applications and apply for jobs out of state. And wait an extraordinarily long amount of time for a rejection letter.

snail mail


1876- Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone.

Let the phone interviews commence!

dog telehpone


1969- Hello Internet.

Although it wasn’t widely used yet, this is when it all began.

old computer


1980- Cell phones were invented.

You are no longer bound to your land line and only the wealthy and Zach Morris could afford them. Also, they were quite large.

old cell phone


1983- Fax machines *insert ear piercing noise here*.

Making it easier for job seekers send many resumes at once and employers to gain more candidates.

fax machine


1989- Dial up, home computers, and email are all the rage.com.

Anyone with a computer has an email address and resumes can be sent instantly to companies.

email rage


1990’s- Cell phone use increases.

Everyone and their brother can afford one and the internet costs you your first born, but you can access nearly anything in the palm of your hand.



1999- Online job boards were created.

We are still familiar with these today and they are how a large majority still find jobs

job board


2010’s- The rise of social media.

Companies start to invest time and money into the internet to increase potential candidate awareness.

social media


2015- Video. Resumes.

Although they aren’t the first, video resumes are on the rise and more companies are looking for innovative ways to benefit from them. Bye-bye paper.

video resumes


Having related experience and writing a killer resume are key elements for your job search, but the automation of the process allows job seekers to show a little creativity when applying for your next job. Video resumes are trending, but what could be next? While it’s nice that we don’t have to use a typewriter, envelope, stamp and post office to get a job, my hope is that the next trend will be a way to upload a single resume to multiple sites in one step!

Last Updated: February 25, 2016
About the author

Cally Martin

Callan is a social media loving, blog writing, event planning freelancer who believes in the power of the oxford comma. Originally from America’s high-five (Michigan), she’s been in Austin since 2015 and doesn’t plan on moving anytime soon. When not attached to WiFi, she can be found running around the lake or drinking mimosas at brunch.