Applying for a job at WSU? You'll need to go online

3:11:23 PM CDT - Tuesday, May 06, 2003

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

The days of turning or mailing in an application for a classified, or civil service, job at Wichita State are over.

WSU's human resources office has joined the free online employment service of HR Partners, a group of Kansas county and city governments that uses the same common application for vacant jobs.

Now anyone who wants to apply for a classified vacancy or an internal transfer at WSU will need to use the online application at www.hrepartners.com, according to Cyndy Hodge, vacancy coordinator, and Cathy James, employment manager.

"It'll be easy and fast," says Hodge.

"And much more efficient," adds James.

The new online application system will mean some changes for offices conducting searches, too. Instead of getting stacks of paper applications from human resources, the person conducting the search will get an e-mail notification, with a link to the online applications. This new system is currently for classified vacancies only.

Once an applicant is registered on the site, they can apply for any position open with the member agencies. The other agencies are Sedgwick, Saline and Reno counties and the cities of Bel Aire, Derby, El Dorado, Goddard, Haysville, Hutchinson, Park City and Valley Center.

"It's 24 hours a day so someone can (apply) anytime," says Hodge, noting that about half the applications submitted to HR Partners come in after normal office hours. About 19,000 applications are submitted every month for all the jobs listed on the site.

Once registered, an applicant can update their information at any time.

Anyone who applies for a WSU job will have to link to WSU's HR Web page to complete two additional forms, including a skills inventory. WSU's HR Web page will continue to list classified vacancies, as well, and will link to the HR Partners site.

Going to an online application form will save both time and money for WSU, say Hodge and James. HR Partners is a free service for WSU to use for vacancy listing and application processing and for applicants to use.

Under the paper application system, a human resources student assistant spent about 10 hours a week copying applications to send to offices conducting searches.

There will be less paper and postage spent on "regret" letters, too. Letters to notify applicants when the position is filled will be sent to an applicant's e-mail address.

Hodge and James did their homework when it came to concerns about people who lack Internet access at home. They found there are several places in Wichita offering public-access, Internet-capable computers from public libraries to Wichita's mini-City Halls, the Urban League, and even some churches. There are a number of free, Web-based e-mail services, such as Yahoo and hotmail, as well.

At WSU, computers are available in the Computing Center and Ablah Library, including the 24-hour study room. The Office of Human Resources also has three computers available for anyone wishing to apply online.

The Office of Human Resources will offer individual training on the new online classified employee application process for supervisors conducting searches. If you are conducting a search, contact Cyndy Hodge at 978-3556 or cyndy.hodge@wichita.edu, or Cathy James at 978-3554 or cathy.james@wichita.edu.

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