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.
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
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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