Staffing agencies websites and big-name job boards have their advantages, but most of them seem to have missed a user-end evaluation. Many of them are (intentionally?) difficult to use and make applying for jobs tedious and time consuming. The worst ones have .pdf forms and expect you to recount your entire career history on their form. Better ones have online forms for the same information. Some really nice ones can pull a traditional resume and fill in all the job titles, date range, duties, etc. leaving the applicant to fill in the details. Since practically all of them also request/accept a resume, this is a lot of—yes, it bears repeating—tedious and time consuming work.
The more annoying—and vastly more time consuming—part is that there seems to be no industry standard. Fields for standardized information like dates and phone numbers could be one field or three. The really irritating ones are drop down lists. I understand they want accuracy, but those take so much more time and don’t allow for exceptions or ranges. And when they use a drop down for industry, that never fits me. Education on those things almost always means K-12 and pedagogy and not higher education and andragogy. Plus, for 4 years, I had two part-time salaried/professional jobs. I can’t demonstrate that on their forms. Each of these time-consuming applications can take up to an hour—-just to copy/paste resume blurbs into a form!
Today, I found a job that is a really good fit for what I do. It came through Kforce and is a “Technical Writer / Trainer” position. Kforce had me at “hello”.
Then, they went on to impress me further. Here is a screen shot of the application.
See, they get all the goodies they really need and don’t ask for my mother’s maiden name, date of birth, social security number, and current mailing address. I don’t have to worry that they are going to either reject my application for a few blanks or steal my identity.
So, here’s hoping they are as impressed by me as I am by them!