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Can We Fix the Hiring Process, Already?

This week on Game Plan: Employers and employees alike hate the job application process. One company is trying to change that.

You spend more time at your job than anywhere else. Hosts Rebecca Greenfield and Sam Grobart take a close look at the way we live our lives at work -- our frustrations, dilemmas, habits, and anything else that happens in the office.

Job-hunting is a horrible process that no one much likes, except perhaps the headhunters. Applying for a job can feel as if you're sending a message in a bottle into a black hole. Even if your application makes its way to a human being, it might warrant just a five-second glimpse. The tiniest detail (or a spilled cup of coffee) can disqualify you entirely. The view from the other side isn't much better. Hiring managers say that many applications are garbage and employers are having a hard time finding the right people. (Thanks to Shutterstock's Matt Jagoda, Jobvite's Rachel Bitte, Simple's Michelle Broderick and Lever's Jennifer Kim for tales from a hiring manager.) 

It's a broken system that Kieran Snyder, this week's guest, is trying to fix. A linguist by training, Snyder runs Textio, a company that uses machine learning to create better job listings for companies. Snyder talks about common mistakes employers are making, and how a few tweaks to a job listing can result in better and more diverse hires.