BLUF: Do companies post job advertisements on various online sites (trade specific and linked in) that they have already hired someone for? Is it worth applying for these jobs (assuming that they are recent posts?)
So I am working on PhD right now in chemistry and there is someone who is finishing right now and looking for a job. He is searching for openings in industry (as opposed to a post doc position and Academia.) As he looks for jobs he keeps saying it is pointless to put in a resume for the jobs at the well known companies because any job they post online they have already filled and his resume won't even get read?
This doesn't make any sense to me. What company would pay someone to post a job search online knowing who they were already going to hire? And then pay someone to deal with all the inquiries that would be associated with that search?
When I tried to point this out to him he just acted like I was naive. I told him that I would still be applying to those jobs and following up with the people. Any insight from someone at a big company like Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer, GSK, or J&J would be appreciated?