After his second layoff in two years, software engineer Julian Joseph paid $250 for LazyApply's AI-powered service called Job GPT, which promises to automatically apply to thousands of jobs "in a single click." All he had to fill in was some basic information about his skills, experience, and desired position.
The bot zip through applications on his behalf on sites like LinkedIn and Indeed, targeting jobs that matched his criteria. He installed the app on his friend's laptop too, and went to bed with two computers churning through reams of applications. By morning, the bot had applied to close to 1,000 jobs on his behalf.
The tool wasn't perfect. But in a brute force kind of way, it worked. After LazyApply completed applications for some 5,000 jobs, Joseph says he landed around 20 interviews. The hit rate was dismal, but given the time Job GPT saved, Joseph felt it was worth the investment.
LazyApply has plenty of competition. Sonara charges up to $80 per month to auto-complete as many as 420 applications. For $39 a month, a service called Massive will fill out up to 50 automated applications per week. Many of these services hinge on the notion that job hunting is a numbers game.
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