Friday, October 03, 2008

The "Horror" Of Online Job Application Forms

I have decided at 5.30pm just now that I will stop sending in resumes for the day. My excuse: No one will be going through resumes and do much work because the weekend is beginning.
After wasting brain cells tackling application forms online, I seriously think I deserve a break mentally. If u think filling in application forms online is easy, imagine me in these "horrifying" situations...
1) I have more than 3 working experiences and a particular one only allows me to enter in 3. And with no section for one to input other details of my resume, or a text resume, I can't even "display" my "all-roundedness" in "excelling" in both academic and co-curricular activities.
2) An error prompt of overlapping dates in employment history. Hello, cannot hold 2 part time jobs at one time ah? Thankfully this site had a text resume portion so I can "customise" around and fill in stuff accordingly.
3) Text resume portion with a limit of characters. What's the point in having a section for text resume then?
4) After filling up the entire form and had "errors" like above, you tell me that "there's an error in submitting your resume"?! Waste my time and effort and brain cells rite?!
5) Having to work around sites that limit the number of characters for job descriptions.
6) Having to work around sites that require you to type in your entire transcript. And you dare tell me "this application form takes about 20 to 30 minutes to fill in". By the time I finish ctrl+c, ctrl+v everything, 1+hour gone...
7) Having to work with sites that tie up with online job portals like jobsbd and jobstreet. Instead of entering your ID and password and the system extracts your resume from the online job portals, you have to fill in every single field of the application form all over again.
8) A combination of almost each n every single one of the situations listed above.

And so, I sent out my last resume/online application form and I begin packing my bag and preparing for tomorrow's graduation, but that was done pretty fast.

But the next thing on my "to do" list is something which I dun feel like doing now. My excuse: lazy and no mood to churn brain cells. I seriously think my brain cells deserve a break.
I should take this time now to catch up on what I want to blog about. To me, these are issues I do care about and like writing essays, I do want to do up a good post about it. But my mind's shutting down, I cant think through them properly and how to do up those posts.
Also, the US trip posts. My excuse: too mentally drained to think through what happened chronogically...

Maybe I shall spend this evening on my facebook applications or games, clicking away without spending a bit of "intellectual energy". Or maybe I should watch my TVB VCDs...

6 comments:

Yusry said...

Try recruitment agencies like Lexico, Select and Adecco. These are the "no bullshit" job agencies that really help you find your job.

Don't bother with RecruitExpress, KellyServices, etc, they are quite notorious for giving you inflexible pay and high commission rates.

Trust me, I've been through all these too.

Jas aka paced said...

Thanks Yusry for your tips! Right now, I'm only sending in resume or filling in application forms directly to/with the companies which have vacancies. Having worked in a recruitment agencies, I kinda how how these agencies work and so, not really planning to send my resumes to them till I feel that there is "no hope" in getting a job. Hehe...

hyperX said...

Well, ur excuse sounds valid to me. Anyway, good luck for getting a really good job ^^

Jas aka paced said...

hyperx: thanks so much!

Gloria said...

I can so relate to online application forms. Can be hair tearing experience especially when you spend like ages filling up the form, and for some reason, your form can't be submitted. And this always happen to jobs you would so want to have, or jobs you think fits you to a T! aaaagh!

Jas aka paced said...

gloria, yah yah!!! hahahahahahah