Stop with the Lists!

Are you aware that there are sites out that are wholly committed to sharing Top 10 Lists? That’s all….every kind of list imaginable, that’s all they put on their sites. I wonder if there is a Top 10 List of Top 10 Lists sites to visit???

It irritates me when people try to sound like an authority on something by publishing a list of things can’t be quantified. For example, we have an Applicant Tracking System internally that is not useful at all to me. I run a tight process, lots of automation in there, mixed in with a lot of human interaction. For this process, the ATS we have sucks! So we have been assessing other ATS’s so we can find one that actually does something other than store resumes. One of our owners sent me a Top 10 List of Applicant Tracking Systems – and guess which one was #2? That’s right, the one that is useless. I consider it #2 as well, but in a different context!

The problem with a list like that is that you cannot possibly rank Applicant Tracking Systems unless you poll companies who have the exact same volume, exact same process, work on the exact same type of jobs, exact same automation needs, exact same 3rd party vendors to integrate with, and on and on and on. So our owner makes the comment, “Apparently our system is a good choice.” based on this list. Apparently other people look at lists like that too and fall for it without considering any factors whatsoever. “The list must be accurate…I mean, it’s a list…a ranking…by someone on the internet. If it’s on the internet, it must be true.”

So, enough with meaningless lists!

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