I just completed a government job application which was "available" on-line, but could not be completed or filled-in on-line. I called and asked if there were any way I could complete this application using the computer and was told no, or in government speak, "This option is not currently available." My options were hand writing the responses or finding a typewriter. I called the library, but our libraries only have computers now and the person I talked to couldn't think of any of the local libraries which still had a typewriter available. I went down to the local job service office where the person at the help desk apologized, but told me that they didn't have a typewriter either. Fortunately, this turned out to be incorrect, and someone else in the office ended up showing both me and the help person where the typewriter was located. Of course then we had to search further to find someone who could figure out both how to turn the typewriter on and how to adjust the margins.
So, both job applicants and hiring individuals, what do you do when the job applcation can't be completed online? How do you view "hand completed" applications. I would think they would be very hard to read and reflect negatively on the applciant. But, I don't want to have to go through the typewriter scenario again. It was incrediably time consuming. I guess I could type the job description on the computer and then set the fonts and margins to fit in the boxes, but then that still leaves the rest of the application information to complete.
What are peoples thoughts?