Brassing SUCKS! I'd like to say it 100x.
There was a job I wished to apply for -- finally something which is a good fit for me. It was only posted on BrassRing's jobsite. Against my best wishes, I signed up.
I regret the experience already. I'd like to have a chat with the designer of the website.
Many job-sites understand that applicants are their clients as much as the companies seeking new employees -- and thus they make the sites relatively easy to submit your information. In fact, the best sites upload your resume (pdf or doc or rtf) and scan it for info, show the applicant how their info was scanned (ie parsed), and then allow the applicant to add additional materials as needed.
BrassRing on the other hand requires the user to create a ridiculous username/password combination (including a password of 8 characters which *must* have a 'special character'), then immediately asks users to submit a 'unique number' consisting of their month and day of their birthday plus the first 6 numbers of their social security.
Perhaps I won't get this job, but I did not submit this info -- why should I reveal my personal info to a third party that doesn't have any type of contact info on their website?!?!?
Anyway, despite all the relevant info being listed on my resume, the website asks me to manually retype my education and work experience. What I've chosen to do to bypass much of these badly designed HR systems is to put my most recent work experience and my college, and leave everything else off.
But the end of this rant is near; the information revolution is all around us, but bad designers sabotage the revolution continuously. Rather than me inputting our data one million times, the 'open signon' and 'open protocols' should be enabled so I can have my profile configured and appearing however I wish, have that content marked up by XML so these HR sites can peruse me and parse my data, but I can present what I wish -- and not present my social or personal info that is not relevant. If we can't get this done with opensource, maybe Linkedin will do it for us?
The future is almost here -- or so they tell me -- but for jobhunting, it's got a ways to go yet.