WP Job Openings Review

Use WordPress? Sick of paying through the nose for job boards? Need a way to accept job applications? Read on, this one's for you.
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Applications in WP Job Openings

I’ve covered lots so far, and I’ve had a lot of fun with WP Job Openings. All this is for nothing though if the application system is jank. So without further ado, let’s move on to applicants. 

I’ve gone ahead and applied for a job on my InstaWP test site, downloaded a resume, and uploaded it, so let’s take a look at the backend, and the process.

Applicant overview

Applicant overview
Applicant overview

The applicants’ page gives us a real world view of all the applicants that have applied for the currently available roles.

We have the name of the applicant, the job they’ve applied for, the current status, notes, and rating. It’s also picked up my image as a gravatar, pretty neat. Let’s take a peek inside.

Applicant details page

Applicant details page.
Applicant details page.

Lots of useful information here. At first glance it doesn’t seem confusing at all, in fact, as I’m used to using WordPress this actually feels very familiar. Let’s break it down.

Applicant details head
Applicant details

I like this, a brief snapshot of information at the very top. With name, email, cover letter etc. Obviously, this will be different if you use custom forms with respective fields.

We can download the Resume, or print it off to share with the team. I do like the fact it picks up a Gravatar if a user has one assigned to their email address.

Next we have the email section:

Email in WPJO
Email in WPJO

Here we can either email the recipient with our own custom text, or from the Email template field, choose a custom template. The next tab along, called Sent Mails, shows you emails that have been sent already, like welcome emails etc. 

Applicant sidebar

Applicant sidebar
Applicant sidebar

Actions deals with the status of the applicant, here you can choose from a dropdown select box, and reject, shortlist etc. Underneath this is a star rating system, simple click on one of the stars as to how you rate the candidate for suitability.

Job details, here you can see a snapshot of stats pertaining to the role at hand. Views, applications, expiry date etc.

Notes, here you can leave your thoughts on this particular candidate. Useful, if you have initial reservations, or have interviewed the candidate, place your feedback here.

Activity log, pretty obvious, but useful to see what’s happening with a particular role.

Resume viewer and deletion of data for GDPR

WP Job Openings has a couple of other aces up its respective sleeve. Mainly in the guise of two free add-ons. These are available in the add-ons tab, see below:

Two free add-ons for WP Job Openings
Two free add-ons for WP Job Openings

Both entirely optional, but for those looking to conform to GDPR, essential. The first option the resume viewer, uses the Google Docs Viewer, to allow you to view resumes in the backend, like so:

Resume view inside an applicant page
Resume view inside an applicant page

Quick tip, in the applicant details page, you can in fact reorder, via drag and drop. So you could move this box, directly underneath the applicant details, so it’s more in your face so to speak.

Also worth noting, if you’ve decided to enable “Secure uploaded files”, the resume viewer will not work.

In terms of GDPR, the auto delete applications add-on is incredibly useful.

Auto delete setting
Auto delete setting

Here you can choose from, days, months or years, enter a number as a unit of time. You can also enable force delete, which will purge all applications based on the time frame you have given.

Job Schema for SEO

Job schema will help you in search engines, take a look at the below example of some jobs, with schema:

example of job schema
example of job schema

Now I’ve tested WP Job Openings, and it does indeed output a job schema, so there is a chance your jobs could make it in the previously mentioned format. 

Job posting schema in WP Job Openings
Job posting schema in WP Job Openings

But, this is down to Google, this doesn’t guarantee your listings will show up in this way. Having them formatted the way the search engines require you to, gives you a fighting chance.

Page 7 👉 – Verdict and final thoughts

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    • Thanks Andy, took a while to get it done. But, I hope it helps people, whether they decide to go for the free version, or the Pro one.

      Good to know what to expect, lol!

  1. Best review ever!

    Thank you Ben for the amazing review. You should do this more often.
    You just do not miss anything. I would love to read more such reviews on your blog.

    • WOW!!!! Thank you Aravind, means a lot! I like to go in-depth as I think it helps people make a more informed choice. Plus the structure should help those who just want to skip to the things that matter! 🙂

      Appreciate your feedback dude! Literally made my day!

      All the best

      Ben