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Applying for Jobs

An idea to start us off

My idea is to make a rubric of things that make a website easier to use (both for people in general, and people with cognitive disabilities), and encourage job-search websites (craigslist, monster, etc,) to adopt these standards to make their website easier to use.

What do you guys think?

What would make a website easier for you to use?

If you have an idea of your own, you should post it too! You don't have to wait... more »

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Looking for Jobs

We need On the Job Training

My industry is Software Engineering, which is just a fancy way of saying Code Monkey. In my industry, many technologies are related, but it is hard to keep up with the rate of change. One *big* reason it is hard to keep up, is because HR folks don't understand the evolution of the industry- that if you've programmed, say, CSS and CGI websites, that MVC and MVVM websites are just a slightly different way of doing the... more »

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Applying for Jobs

Jobs On-line and application fonts

What I have noticed when applying for a job on USAJobs.gov, that when the individual prints off their resume, it is in such a small font that the hiring official has to use a magnifying glass to read it. I found this to be the case in other on-line job application websites. I encourage anyone who has to read/review a job application with a font size of 9 or less to contact the website webmaster to inform them of how... more »

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Step by step instructions for what to expect in an interview

I've found that whenever I search for things for preparing for an interview, what comes back is very vague.

"Wear professional clothing"; what is that? Tell me what is professional clothing."Be likeable"; How much less informative can you be?

Have somewhere that lists out "this is what goes on in an interview, and what you should expect", starting with how the greeting works, and then going on to example questions,... more »

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Finding Information (on the web)

Initial Online Contact

A huge issue for me is the challenge I have with cluttered landing pages. When I click on a link and I'm directed to a website, I need the first thing I see to be a fairly slick and clean page.

If the landing page is cluttered with dozens of photos and links all over the place, then I automatically start shutting down. My filter to process anything new is gradual; therefore I do best with minimal content to choose from... more »

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Applying for Jobs

Make website easier to use.

Websites frequently require familiarity with computers in order to use them. This might be difficult for many users. Lettering should be larger to make it easier to read. There should be a choice of languages because many of the people trying to enter the job market do not speak English. Questions can be asked one at a time with radio button answers or fill in the blank answers. Give an option to reduce the wording... more »

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(@seebert42) kudos icon +

Applying for Jobs

ISO Standard Resume Format? trending idea

Is there one already? Not real sure. But one thing that drives me crazy when on the job hunt is that everybody wants your resume formatted slightly differently. There should be a single resume format, with well defined fields.

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Finding Information (on the web)

The design of this site

After clicking the link in an email, I had to register before I could see any information. Asking for personal information before providing information is bad design.
When I registered it did not ask me to set up a password, but it continued to ask for a password to see a page. I was able to establish a password by saying I had forgotten it, but this is very poor design.
The password required an exceptionally high level... more »

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Applying for Jobs

A State-Based Application That Can Be Used For Any Job

All of my students would need help to apply for a job and fill out an application. In fact, one student was recently turned down by the Humane Society as a VOLUNTEER (in the cat room petting cats) because they cannot read. If there was form that could be filled out while they are in school and have supports, they could turn use this when applying for jobs. Of course, a job site may need additional information, but an... more »

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Networking & Using Social Media

Training and Awareness

Not all Social Media is created equal. I would like a course of social etiquette and common sense when using this outlet. Many people are unaware that social media is targeted to what you do on the web. So the ads are there to sell things. It is great tool but people need to know how to use it safely. Many employers and schools use this media to fish out potential applicants. A do and don'ts needed to be instilled.... more »

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Industry Standard Job Codes

It would be helpful if all job openings both public and private used an industry standard job code as part of the job description.

This would allow potential job candidates to identify job openings that are based on a job's standard requirements and those that have been added as custom/cross-over requirements. Job descriptions and job duties can vary greatly between public agencies and private organizations for the same... more »

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Doing Your Job

Ability to indicate preferred methods of contact

One thing that I have encountered frequently, both in applying for jobs and on the job, is that people will ignore any communication preferences (e-mail, phone, face-to-face, etc.) that I have specified to them. Or worse yet, there *isn't* any way to specify communication preferences on a given application, so people have to make assumptions which may not necessarily align with my own preferences.

For instance, I personally... more »

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Looking for Jobs

Ensure job requirements aren't overly broad

When I was searching for a job, one thing I encountered quite a bit was job requirements that seemed to go well beyond the core functions of the job. For instance, I've seen quite a few software engineering jobs that required the applicant to have a driver's license and car, or to be available on call for phone support.

It's assumed, of course, that anyone who could do software development could easily carry on a phone... more »

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