Paper Applications

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I miss them. I miss filling out all the little lines and seeing my normally sloppy handwriting look beautiful and sophisticated. I also have a slight fetish concerning office supplies and whatnot but that's not the point.

I think a person's handwriting says a lot about who they are. Sloppy handwriting, with no attempt to make it any better, splotches all over the page, and just an outright dirty appearance screams that a person is not dedicated, IMO. However, neatly printed letters that can be easily read and understood, great spelling and grammar, crisp flat paper, and overall loveliness tells me a person is either faking it really well, or might actually be interested in giving a good impression.

To me, a person's handwriting is just as important as his or her outfit for a job interview.

However, it's very hard to find paper applications, at least in my area (southern US). Everyone is going digital, all their applications are online, and you can no longer put "any available" in the "position applying for" space. You have to apply for one specific job, and from my experience it cuts out a lot of opportunities because if you don't qualify for that one task, then you are ignored by the company.

I think paper applications are better, because an employer can look at a couple applications, review the potential employees' resumes, and perhaps make a decision between two similar and equally qualified people based on their handwriting.

These are my opinions. My first job was at Shoe Carnival, and my employers often asked me for advice on different applicants because I studied people and had been there a while. They still have paper applications, and I found a lot of times that my boss would ignore applications with sloppy handwriting. So these are my opinions, based on my experiences.

What are your thoughts on paper applications versus electronic ones? What are the pros and cons between the two types? Which do you prefer and why?

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Stifler's - posted on 12/07/2010

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I like paper applications. They are fun. I have a fetish concerning office supplies also.

Amanda - posted on 12/07/2010

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I miss the paper ones too! It just seems like you get to know the person before really meeting them! But almost everything is going to electronic now a days so those apps are so rare! I think there are a few places around here that are privatley owned that have paper apps, but other than that it's all online. I think a paper app is more of a unique one as for the internet is so original. But online is much easier for people anymore. They don't have to worry about things getting lost, or not getting it to the right person. I don't really have a prefrence but I do miss the paper ones! They both work in my opinion and I think you could go either way! But if I owned a business which I'm working on for someday! Than I would probably want paper. :)

Jodi - posted on 12/07/2010

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The only reason I miss paper applications is getting to SEE the person BEFORE the interview! Having worked in retail for roughly 6 years (havn't for nearly 3 years now...but once upon a time) we would always put a post it note on the top of applications turned in on the applicant's appearance. Personally, I think it's just as important to present yourself professionally and nicely picking up and turning in an application as it is to dress nicely for the interview.
As it is, it's pretty telling when you come in to turn in an application at 2 p.m. in your food smeared pj's, unbrushed hair that appears to not have been washed for a couple of days reaking of liqour...and yes, people do that! It's a good glimpse into their TRUE standards of appearance vs showing up for your interview all spiffed up because you have to.

Nikki - posted on 12/07/2010

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I LOVE electronic! I have messy handwriting, no matter how hard I try it always looks like a ten year old child has written it. I also think that it's not so much about the presentation but the content.

Bonnie - posted on 12/07/2010

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Overall electronic forms are easier to read and understand for people viewing on the other side. Personally, I do miss filling them out by hand, but I still do from time to time which is a nice change again.

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I disagree. Typed, electronic applications may be impersonal, but it saves the dignity of people with true handwriting issues (dysgraphia) and severe dyslexia. My sister has a mild form of dysgraphia and while *I* can read her writing, very few people can. Anything she writes is horrnedous and I often write/edit on her behalf for a lot of different things. So, for people like her and millions others, on-line electronic applications are a godsend.

Katherine - posted on 12/07/2010

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I agree. Paper apps say A LOT. They say, neat, organized, leader, confidant, and many many other things.

It's so impersonal now. They just don't want to have to deal with people anymore. That way they can throw it in the circular file and be done with you.
It's easy to fill out on-line apps, but personally I like the old-fashioned paper ones.

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