As an aside, although I have been retired for a year and a half, one of the things that got obnoxious the last couple years I worked was the number of totally unqualified people that would apply online for a position - just to satisfy job search requirements for their unemployment. They were not interested in getting a job - just officially applying. It is a pain in the butt and waste of time to wade through and discard applications from unqualified people. I never did figure out a way around it, though, other than to search for employees through industry contacts rather than publicly advertising positions...
Wow! I didn't know about that. We had quite strict qualifications in place, so it helped to cut-off the majority (whether they just applied or were serious), but I agree that 300 was way too many. Although I believe these days you can simply put your resume on "search engine" (paid of course), so it'll send out that resume to any position that has "matching word(s)".
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