Customising the application process

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WP Job Manager by default lets users apply to jobs via a simple email link or URL, and looks something like this once the apply button is pressed:

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This can however be customised via the template files and via plugins.

Controlling which application method is allowed

If you go to Job Listings > Settings > Job Submission you’ll find a setting called Application method. This let’s you control what a user can submit via the job submission form. Set it to one of the following:

  • Email addresses only – Employers must enter a valid email address for candidates to apply via.
  • Website URLs only – Employers must enter a valid URL for candidates to apply via.
  • Email addresses or Website URLs – Employers can use either of the above.

Depending on whats used (URL or email) determines how the “Apply for job” area looks on your site – it will show either a mailto: link, or a website link.

Customising the job application templates

There are 3 template files in the plugin for handling the application methods:

  1. job-application.php – Outputs the toggle button and fires a function depending on the application method (email or URL)
  2. job-application-url.php – Outputs the application URL text.
  3. job-application-email.php – Outputs the application email links and text.

Any of these template files can be modified via the theme – see: Template Overrides

As an example of customisation, a common request is to just make the ‘button’ link to the website or email address, rather than toggling open the instructions. This would be a simple case of overriding job-application.php and using this code inside it:

<?php if ( $apply = get_the_job_application_method() ) :
	if ( $apply->type === 'url' ) {
	    $application_href = $apply->url;
	} elseif ( $apply->type === 'email' ) {
	    $application_href = sprintf( 'mailto:%1$s%2$s', $apply->email, '?subject=' . rawurlencode( $apply->subject )  );
	<div class="application">
		<a class="application_button button" href="<?php echo $application_href; ?>"><?php _e( 'Apply for job', 'wp-job-manager' ); ?></a>
<?php endif; ?>

Using the Job Applications add-on

The Job Applications add-on adds a form based application method, and some application management features to WP Job Manager.

The job application form
The job application form

Read more about this add-on here:

If you want your button to go directly to a URL instead of opening out the ‘apply’ box, you can override job-application.php and make it contain the following code instead:

<?php if ( $apply = get_the_job_application_method() ) : ?>
	<?php if ( 'url' === $apply->type ) : ?>
		<div class="job_application application">
			<a href="<?php echo esc_url( $apply->url ); ?>" class="application_button button" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Apply Now</a>
	<?php else : ?>
		<?php wp_enqueue_script( 'wp-job-manager-job-application' ); ?>
		<div class="job_application application">
			<?php do_action( 'job_application_start', $apply ); ?>
			<input type="button" class="application_button button" value="<?php _e( 'Apply for job', 'wp-job-manager' ); ?>" />
			<div class="application_details">
				 * job_manager_application_details_email or job_manager_application_details_url hook
				do_action( 'job_manager_application_details_' . $apply->type, $apply );
			<?php do_action( 'job_application_end', $apply ); ?>
	<?php endif; ?>
<?php endif; ?>	
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