With the Applications plugin, candidates can apply to jobs using a form and employers can view the applications on their job dashboard.

↑ Back to Top Installation

To install this plugin, please refer to the guide here:

This plugin requires WP Job Manager 1.22.0 and PHP 5.3+.

↑ Back to Top Intended Usage

This plugin can be used in two ways:

  1. If you offer job listing submissions on the frontend, you can use this plugin to have applications come in and be visible on the employers job dashboard.
  2. If you list your own jobs, you can have applications come in and be visible in the admin dashboard.

↑ Back to Top Settings

The plugin can be configured from Job Applications > Settings.

The following settings are found on the Application Forms tab:

The following settings are found on the Management tab:

↑ Back to Top The Job Application Form

If enabled, the job application form will be displayed instead of the usual email/website links. The default form looks like this:

The job application form

The job application form

When the application form is submitted, an application will be saved to your database. If the job application method is ’email’, the employer will also receive an email notification.

Once an Application’s status has been set to “Hired”, the message “This position has been filled” will appear on the job listing.

Note: You can also add the shortcode [job_apply id=”X”] to a page to display only the application form for a particular job listing. Substitute the X with the ID of the job for which you wish to have the application form.

↑ Back to Top Customising the Job Application Form

Version 2.0 of the plugin comes with a form editor where you can customise the form. Simply go to Job Applications > Application Form to see the form editor.

The Form Editor

The Form Editor

From here you can add, remove, edit, and re-order form fields. Available field types are:

Validation Rules

You can add the following validation rules to your application form fields:

The plugin does not have support for conditional fields. If you need that, you can use an alternative form provider that does offer this feature.

↑ Back to Top Customising the Employer & Candidate Notifications

From the form editor page, you will also notice 2 tabs at the top to customise the notifications. By default, only an employer notification is sent, but if you add content to the candidate notification, candidates will be notified too.

Email Notification Editor

Email Notification Editor

The top field will be the subject line of the email, whist the bottom textarea field will be the email contents. The right side of the page shows which dynamic tags you can insert into your message + subject. These will be substituted for real data at the time of sending.

↑ Back to Top Viewing applications via the job_dashboard shortcode

When the applications extension is installed, a new column will be shown when viewing the job dashboard on the frontend:

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This will show the number of applications per job listing. Clicking the number (when there are applications) will reveal the application list:



Above the applications you can choose to filter by status. Statuses include:

You can also choose to sort the applications by date, name or rating.

Each application card has some icons which can be clicked:

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In order:

  1. View description
  2. View attachment
  3. Email candidate
  4. Private notes
  5. Edit

↑ Back to Top Downloading Application Data

When viewing all applications for a job listing in the Job Dashboard, you can click on “Download CSV” at the top of the page, to download a CSV file containing all the application data for that job listing.

If you need to download data for all applications on the site, you can export an XML file of all Job Applications via Tools > Export.

↑ Back to Top Viewing applications via the admin dashboard

In the WordPress admin dashboard you’ll see a new section called Job Applications. Going here, as an admin user, you’ll see all applications:

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These can be filtered by job and filtered/sorted like the frontend view. If you click to view an application you’ll be able to edit:

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And you’ll be able to add notes:

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↑ Back to Top Past Applications

You can also allow candidates to view their past applications by adding the [past_applications] shortcode to a page. If you use the Resume Manager add-on, you’ll most likely want to add the shortcode to the Candidate Dashboard page that is created during that plugin’s setup, but it can be added to any page.

See here for how to change the number of past applications displayed per page.

↑ Back to Top Integrations

Resume Manager

If you are using Resume Manager, the application form will show a select box for the user to choose their online resume. This will be noted with the application allowing the employer to view the online resume.