I, civil servant III

SO! After well over the original time of 1 year (52 weeks per the form), I got permanency in my title. Essentially I have proved that I am worth keeping. This is similar in effect to “tenure”, but is more a protection from improper politiqual influence than protection of uneasy research ideas.

In a few months, I can start the process for obtaining my professional license, which – when done – entituls me to the next title in the ladder. This will restart the process of 52 weeks of uncertainty.

Maybe, just maybe…

…I’ll get a job this time.

I received notice this week (while on vacation, hence the lack of blog posts here) that I was the recommended candidate for a certain position in the state service. Now I have to get fingerprinted [!] because of the kind of work that is involved. Not wanting to waste time, as soon as I discovered the Email from the state’s HR office I set up an appointment to get ‘printed tomorrow, which I will attend to in the after noon.

This is actually the second time I’ve done this. The first time was in the conference room to a notorious “state hospital” (that is, psychiatric hospital) that had hideous 1930s/1940s interior design. If nothing else I got to say I had been inside of one.

The downside is that, if I get the position, it will be far away and I’ll have to move. Pout. Frown. I’ll still take it and be happy. I’ve never gotten this far post-interview with any CS positions.

More diversity form nonsense

While applying for a position at Fenwal, I was presented with the typical EEO form to fill out:

DubiousFenwal

As I have shown, it is bizarrely possible to declare yourself both Hispanic and non-Hispanic at the same time. Shades of the radio button confusion of PSEG. Also, for some reason, the Hispanic/Latino question is a subheading under gender. Why?

Checkbox v. dropdown

When I was applying for a position at, if I remember correctly, PSEG, I had to fill out a diversity form or two or three. I don’t have a problem with that.

I did notice this UI confusion though:

Nocheckboxes

Clearly that is a drop down menu. However I would note that check boxes would actually be improper here, since the options are mutually exclusive (check one). However, if they said “click on of the radio buttons” they would be probably confusing people who don’t know UI designers jargon.

“How did you hear about us?”

A classical question that companies like to have their ATS/HR software ask is “How did you hear about us?” or “How did you hear about this job opening?”. I’ll let someone who works in HR explain in the comments why they like to ask this question.

I will, instead, show you this pseudo-religious answer possibility from one company:

Conversion

Makes it sound like God(s) gave them the inside tip about it when they changed their faith, instead of just talking with someone already on the job.

The obvious fault here was someone misspelling “conversation” and then accepting spell check’s suggestion without making sure it was the correct one. Ooo.

Linde uses untrustworthy HR software

I am a fairly recent graduate looking for employment in engineering. One of the companies (out of a spreadsheet full) I’m looking at is Linde. The company itself goes back to very early days in the chemical industry and makes industrial gases for wholesale purposes.

Anyway, I finally found their HR site and was arguing with it over whether or not it should be telling me what jobs Linde had open, when I noticed this:

LindeEncryption(Click for full size)

Actually, maybe I don’t want to work for these people, if this is their idea of security.