The Problem (and Solution) of Applicants Without Email Addresses

Can you offer any experience from PG County as far as how you dealt with requiring Custodian applicants etc. – folks where there is a perception they might not have an email address, how did you overcome this perception did you help facilitate them signing up for free GMAIL accounts, did you offer them to come to the HR area and someone would assist them or was it not even a thought considered?

So here is the strategy (and this comes up a lot with other iRecruitment installations, too):

ACME has an HR customer service center setup for this purpose, which provides support for walk-in applicants, as well as email and phone support.  First, they have finally (I believe) eliminated all paper applications. Everyone is required to create an application for a job via iRecruitment.  Second, when someone does not have an email address, the HR customer service people will assist users with setting up a free email account. I know they support non-English languages whenever possible, as there are probably 3 languages other than English commonly spoken in the district, though I’m not sure to what extent for non-constituents.

Which brings me to another point: Oracle doesn’t care what email address I use, so I can use a fake address, as long as no one else has used the same fake email address.  Like: [email protected]  Of course, this is strong discouraged, but there is no way to validate an email address.  This really puts the responsibility on the job seeker, where it really should lay.

I can only speak from my own experience and practice in other organizations, and not specifically to ACME’s processes, but the email and computer literacy components act as a filter, especially when there are nearly always more applicants than jobs.  In an organization that uses SSHR extensively for benefits enrollment, talent management, payslips, tax forms, and of course recruitment, the ability to use a computing device becomes a requirement of employment.  For employees, let’s say bus drivers, they have access to kiosk PC’s at various locations and generally at their bus lots to do self-service actions. At ACME it has been a cultural change and has taken several years to adopt, which includes the unions, employees, support staff, and administration.

I hope this helps answer some of the concerns.

How to Integrate Basecamp and Google calendars

We have just started using Basecamp as our main project management tool and after 3 weeks, we are sold.  One of the best parts of Basecamp is the calendar. Just ask them and they’ll tell you so. 😀

We will write about the outstanding Basecamp in a later article, but in this post we want to show you how to integrate the Basecamp Calendar with Google Calendar.

1. Go to the Basecamp Calendar

In the project view, simply click on the “Calendar” tab or on the “view the full calendar” link under the calendar in your dashboard.
Basecamp calendar

2. Subscribe to iCal

subscribe to Ical

In the project calendar view, stroll all the way down, and click on the “Subscribe to iCalendar” link.

This will open iCal if you’re a mac user and give you a weirdly configured URL. Just copy the full URL.

3. Add To Google Calendar

Google calendarIn your Google Calendar,  find the “Add” option in the “Other Calendars” list on the left hand side. This is pretty tricky, since there is also an “Add” button under the “My Calendars” section. Keep scrolling until you see the lowest “Add” option with an arrow – I’ve circled it in red on the screenshot.
Click on the “Add” arrow and select the “Add by URL” option. Now just paste the Basecamp iCal URL into the URL field. After a few seconds, you will see your new calendar. Congratulations, you have successfully important your Basecamp Project Calendar into your Google Calendar!

4. Enjoy

You can now use this as any other Google Calendar that you have. Rename it and highlight it a different color if you want! But most importantly, meet your milestones!


New Site, New Blog

“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness”
– Unknown

We are proud to announce the relaunch of the Matrice Consulting website on the 10th anniversary of our founding.  We are also relaunching our blog, which had fallen into a state of neglect and disrepair, not unlike Sleeping Beauty’s castle during her 100 year nap.

Our blog will revisit some of our favorite topics, including:

  • Oracle HRMS/HCM Tips, Tricks, News, and Commentary
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  • Entrepreneurship

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