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09 January 2008 @ 11:15 am
Applications Sent  
I just sent off my last of three job applications which have seen me wrestling with the complexities of various personnel websites. Actually this last one, University of Central Lancashire, was fairly straightforward apart from the fact they supplied no email address to which the application should be sent. In the end I emailed it to Human Resources, and am debating whether to post a hard copy first class later today (deadline is 4pm Friday). Liverpool managed to have their person specification in docx format, this is, apparently, Microsoft's new "portable" document format - portable, that is, if your word processing software is up-to-the-minute, but not otherwise. In the end B managed to print it out using a recently updated version of Pages, while my sister tried installing Word updates in case she needed to email it to me. Salford was the most exciting though. The deadline was 2nd January and, of course, I didn't start paying attention until after Christmas at which point their website was down and all email was bouncing (this eventually turned out to be their spam-blocker rather than a network fault). We were all geared to print out and fill in the application on the 2nd (when the university was due to re-open for business and presumably someone would notice and fix their web server) and then drive over and deliver it in person when the website suddenly reappeared on New Year's day and I was able to submit it - although I never did see their Person Specification which was nowhere to be found on the website when I looked, but at least I got an application form.
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philmophlegm: cyberleaderphilmophlegm on January 9th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
"docx format, this is, apparently, Microsoft's new "portable" document format - portable, that is, if your word processing software is up-to-the-minute, but not otherwise"

There's a Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack that you can get to allow you to open docx files in earlier versions of Word. Available from the Microsoft website I imagine.
louisedennislouisedennis on January 9th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
There's a Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack that you can get to allow you to open docx files in earlier versions of Word. Available from the Microsoft website I imagine.

Which is all very well if you have a copy of Word, but not much use otherwise...
philmophlegmphilmophlegm on January 10th, 2008 11:48 am (UTC)
Oh I see...