February 1, 2009
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I'd forgotten how much I hate completing job application forms. And I loathe it. I'd rather use an agency for the sheer convenience of being able to use my normal CV (and the fact that jobs tend to come to you, even if you do find yourself trawling the agency's website to make sure they haven't passed over something, and that dreadful fake professional joviality you have to maintain when talking to them, even though you've just spent the last two hours watching repeats of Top Gear on Dave, eating cheese on toast and are feeling as professional and human as a decaying dog).
I applied for a job direct last week. It needed an application form. My heart was sinking even before I opened the attachment… "Please tell us why you want this job, with reference to the person specification." So I opened the accompanying job description. There was an outline of the duties of the role and a 'person specification' consisting of a compentency list: 15 headings, with between one and three points under each.
I know they probably want to weed out people who aren't that interested in the job but Holy Crap. They should interview everyone who applies just so we can see these sadistic bastards face to face.