Hats off the UJM Activists!
The Guardian reports (Hat-tip: Obi Wan Kenobi)
A group of techno-activists have devised a way of sending CVs to multiple employers on the government’s official jobseekers’ site, in protest at poor-quality adverts and “the drudgery of work”.
Developed by “a loose collective of people who identify as anarchists and work in the tech industry”, the Universal Automation plugin, which was added to the Chrome web store in early December, mimics the action of a real-life jobseeker. After the user searches for a job, with one click, the plugin automatically sends a CV to every position advertised on the first page of the results.
NOTE: HERE IS THE MAGIC LINK FOR YOU TO USE (??? – probably thwarted by now).
“I’m sure you applied for jobs on the internet before and you know it’s the most tedious thing to do,” said one of the developers, who has asked to remain anonymous. “Most of time you’re just sending the CV to as many places as you can and hoping that you’ll get a response.
“With Universal Jobmatch it’s even worse,” the activist told the Guardian. “The majority of postings on the site are spam. If they are not outright attempts at identity theft, a lot of them (and I mean a lot, I would say up to 90% on some queries) are third-party posts which are automatically reposted on the site and link to their websites.
“Now people who use Universal Jobmatch do so because they are forced to do so and they’re also forced to apply to jobs posted directly on it, so that they can be monitored by job centres.”
More broadly, however, the collective is aiming to highlight the drudgery of work in general.
The Universal Job Match site is a disgrace: hard to us, ugly, and useless.
Hats off to the Techo-activists!