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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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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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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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Use software&hardware to facilitate entry for disabled. Dragon Naturally Speaking is a solution for many! This can help many like those with ADHD, BIPOLAR, and other physical issues that make it difficult or problematic to express their ideas for interaction with others and information systems(WWW) based in this new age!!! Use software&hardware to facilitate entry for disabled. Dragon Naturally Speaking is a solution ...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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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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Personality Tests

Some job applications require you to complete a personality test as part of your job application. This is said to determine whether a candidate is a good 'social' fit an organization.

 

I believe 'personality' tests border on psychological testing and should not be part of a job application process and if they are included they should be voluntary and not mandatory.

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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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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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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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In house training on advanced software tools

I am a CPA and wok in payroll accounting. I don't know how I would do my job without knowing some of Excel's advanced features. However, I had to go outside the company to get a class on these topics.

 

You would think companies would want to give employees as many tools as they can just to increase productivity.

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