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tkdguy04 Aug 2013 4:45 p.m. PST

I swear, something always goes wrong whenever I apply for a job online. The page doesn't load properly. My connection is lost. Whatever! It happens EVERY TIME. I have to reenter my data several times, and the application STILL doesn't go through.

I am so sick of it. Why won't it work like it should? Does anyone else have this problem?

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP04 Aug 2013 5:33 p.m. PST

I dislike paper applications for teaching jobs which include a handwritten essay, especially when there are 100 applicants for every job.

tkdguy04 Aug 2013 5:52 p.m. PST

I can't really blame you, and I'm a teacher, albeit a math teacher.

Streitax Inactive Member04 Aug 2013 9:10 p.m. PST

I applied to one company several times in one year (different positions). They had a tedious process to fill out your online resume and it was supposed to be kept on file. But every time I applied, I had to start from scratch. The 'page that doesn't load correctly' is a common problem. Often I'm not sure the application has even been submitted, let alone accurately.

tkdguy04 Aug 2013 11:27 p.m. PST

That happens every time I apply for a government job. Long, tedious application process every time. And they still want my college transcripts even though I graduated 20 years ago.

KatieL Inactive Member05 Aug 2013 5:34 a.m. PST

"Why won't it work like it should?"

Because they hired the lowest bidder. Who then picked the cheapest toolkit they could find and then hired the lowest bidder to implement it. Who hired the cheapest staff they could find for half as long as they needed to work on it.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP05 Aug 2013 5:57 a.m. PST

Perhaps the issues/problems are being used as gates
by the employer as a sort of test of the applicant.

Seen it done before, years ago.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Aug 2013 7:14 a.m. PST

need a link for another? I think we need adjuncts

Ooh Rah05 Aug 2013 11:54 a.m. PST

I feel your pain. Had the same problems a few years back. Here's what worked for me. Write your résumé in a separate program, such as MS-Word, and save the document. Then, copy and paste text from your Word document into the online job application. Good luck!

tkdguy05 Aug 2013 10:39 p.m. PST

Thank you. I have copies of my cover letter and resume. I use the copy and paste method a lot. It helps, but there's always something else coming up, like spending 15 minutes answering the questionnaire and then getting an error message when you hit the submit button.

Government jobs are the worst. I have to fill out the same form for every separate agency I apply to. No matter if I've done it before. I have my resume and transcripts loaded there, so that saves me a little time.

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2013 5:34 p.m. PST

Let's take a poll. Has anyone ever actually gained full-time employment by applying on-line?

Altius Inactive Member20 Sep 2013 7:03 a.m. PST

None of the jobs I've had over the last 10-20 years or so have required applications at all. It's all just resumes, references, skills tests, personality tests and background checks.

But my son recently got a job at a large-chain supermarket job by filling out an online application. I remember telling him last year that he should drive around town and go into businesses and ask for an application. How quaint. Apparently, no one uses paper applications anymore. They all told him, "Go to the website".

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Sep 2013 9:24 a.m. PST

Why won't it work like it should?

High unemployment.

tkdguy21 Sep 2013 5:14 p.m. PST

Just to clarify: My rant was about the applications failing to load properly rather than not finding any work (although it's true I haven't had much luck finding work online).

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 Sep 2013 1:54 p.m. PST

Yeah, but with high unemployment, there is no motivation to make the systems easier to use for potential employees.

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