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Posted 12/13/16

qualeshia3 wrote:


Ichibanx3 wrote:

It's so hard to find a job.


Yes it is.


I can't wait to see US creating new jobs due to investing in our own country again.
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Much prefer doing things on paper, I wanted to get a job at a local Pet store, but when I went on the application site it was so confusing.
Posted 12/13/16

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Much prefer doing things on paper, I wanted to get a job at a local Pet store, but when I went on the application site it was so confusing.


Maybe they do that on purpose.
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Xxanthar wrote:


MonoDreams wrote:

Much prefer doing things on paper, I wanted to get a job at a local Pet store, but when I went on the application site it was so confusing.


Maybe they do that on purpose.


How cruel.
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Think what bugs me most about the process is a lack of standardization. So, if you are applying at multiple positions, you can't just copy and paste the basic, common info (past work history, references, etc.) with the remainder of the process perhaps involving testing/questions about the specific job in question. So, after a point, you're just kind of droning the same info in over and over and over without any real honest guarantee it gets seen by someone at the other end.

Meanwhile, I get people like my aunt trying to mean well with suggestions, but she doesn't quite grasp that going in and asking for the manager or to keep calling until they hire you doesn't really work these days. And in the rare chance you do get an interview, being hired on the spot doesn't really happen, either, usually claiming the have to go through other interviews even if you are The One(tm). Anything less than a week in applying and getting hired is a miracle these days, which doesn't help if you need a job ASAP.
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Every couple of years, I have to go through a background check as part of my job. During my last check, the interviewer became alarmed that the system did not have on file my initial questionnaire. This initial questionnaire was done at a time when everything was done on paper instead of in the computer system now being used. I had to explain to my interviewer that there was a time when the employer, despite it being the 21st century, was reluctant to join it and instead preferred to kill thousands of trees to make the paper used so that people such as myself could complete useless surveys. Needless to say, my interviewer didn't like me much after that comment. Can't imagine why.
Posted 12/14/16
I'm pretty glad we no longer have paper applications in most positions. I mean, for my first seven or eight jobs while in high school, it was pretty standard to walk in and fill out a basic-as-hell application for entry level positions. In fact, I'm sure you'll find that there are still quite a few positions that will have paper applications, just not anything above the "standard" positions. For example:

Fast Food
Grocery Stores (but not retail, most retail outlets nowadays have computers in-store for you to fill out an application on)
Gas Stations

Similar jobs like these will likely have some type of paper application still waiting for you if you walk in and ask for one (if they're hiring). The personality tests are actually becoming a pretty strong standard. The company I work for uses the Caliper Profile test when you're applying. It's been proven time and time again that it can determine whether someone is assertive or empathetic enough to handle a certain position. Each time it came time for me to get a promotion, they always referred back to the Caliper Profile to determine if I'm equally assertive and empathetic - can you lead while still understanding that there are other humans that you rely on as a team? That's basically the kind of profile test that the Caliper Profile exam is.

There are other profile tests that focus on strengths instead of weaknesses (honestly, the Caliper focuses on the downsides and negatives versus any potential strength). When I hire people, I also take a look at their test results - mostly because if they show a weakness in not being self-motivated .. I don't have time to deal with that nonsense. While it's a team, we all do our individual parts as well. I'm not going to be hand-holding someone just because they have a nice smile.
Posted 12/14/16
I don't mind electronic applications.
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Back in '06, I wrote a job application letter and sent it by mail. The company replied with a hand written letter telling me to send it by E-mail instead. I found it quite funny. But I must have made an impression with them, cos I got a pretty well paid internship out of it.
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