Why do some companies do job application forms rather than take CVs?
Universities ask employees to fill in a job application for several reasons:1) it weeds out those who would cheat by having someone else fill out the information for them. You can pay someone else to write a CV but it is harder to find someone else willing to fill out a ten page application for someone.2) the application is easier to control - the answers are all in the same order, making it easier on the HR people to read them, the same questions are answered by the application where a CV might not mention some of the questions that are included on the application, and they are submitted in the HR system so it is easier to sort the applications (weed out those without college degrees, those who do not mention experience in accounting, etc).3) accreditation often requires all employees be hired using the same application process.4) auditors find it easier to check the applications to make sure there is no favoritism. If all applications are the same, it is easier to rule out favoritism.I was once in charge of hiring employees in my department and one applicant simply put her name and phone number on the application, expecting we would just hire her because she knew someone in the department.She called him (Professor X) and said she applied, and he tried to pressure me into calling her for the interview. When I said no (she had done nothing to demonstrate to us that she was qualified - she left everything blank), he went to HR and told them I was being unfair to ‘his applicant.’ He assured them he knew this person for twenty years and she was his former assistant when he worked for the federal government.They called me and told me I should interview her - she sounded right for the job. I asked them to review her application and tell me if they would interview her based on the application alone. They reviewed her application and told me that no, they would not interview her, either, based on just her name and phone number.She contacted me to ask me why she had not been interviewed for the position of Professor X’s assistant. She hadn’t even read the job announcement - she just presumed she could walk in and become Professor X’s assistant rather than doing the job we were hiring for. When she didn’t get the job, she wrote me a rude email saying “All you have to do is bother to ask Professor X how well I do my job and how quickly I can learn.” I wrote back, “I am the supervisor of all the staff and frankly, I don’t hire people who can’t be bothered to even fill out a simple form. I don’t want people working for me who don’t follow directions. And I need someone with actual experience they can prove rather than someone who wants me to interview someone else to have THEM tell me about their qualifications. Don’t waste my time with your application in the future if it is not complete.” She did waste my time twice more - she applied for other jobs in my department and never completed the application. She would have Professor X come in and demand I interview her and I would show him the incomplete application and say, “If you didn’t know her, would you hire her? She can’t even fill out the application - either she is not very smart or she is very lazy. Either way, I don’t need her on my staff.”So the application weeded her out immediately. If she had just submitted a CV someone else wrote for her, I would never have known she was too lazy to do work that would be required of her and she might have been interviewed and hired.
How easy is it for a former federal employee to get a federal job again after leaving the government?
It depends. If you have obtained career status (3 years of service) it is possible to return after a voluntary separation as a "reinstatement eligible". There are no guarantees however, you'd have to compete for any vacancies with other qualified candidates. As for the pay issue, very doubtful you'd be able to maintain your private sector salary. If you had a particular skill that was hard to find, you might be eligible for recruitment incentive pay, but that is very rarely offered. You'd probably be slotted in the GS step you occupied when you left.For what it is worth, most of the contractors I know would trade the salary for the security. It seems every year contracts are cut or awarded to new companies. And the employees fortunate enough to stay on usually do so with reduced pay and benefits. Your mileage may vary.
How can I find out a former employer’s federal tax ID#?
Find your old W2’s from this employer or request a transcript of your tax account from the IRS. Get Transcript | Internal Revenue Service. If you go the transcript route, be sure you choose a transcript of your tax account and not a transcript of your tax returns.
How do I fill out money for a federal inmate?
One way is by Momey Gram this site tells you how you can do it on line.Commissary Deposit | Send Money to an Inmate | MoneyGram
How could the federal government and state governments make it easier to fill out tax returns?
Individuals who don't own businesses spend tens of billions of dollars each year (in fees and time) filing taxes. Most of this is unnecessary. The government already has most of the information it asks us to provide. It knows what are wages are, how much interest we earn, and so on. It should provide the information it has on the right line of an electronic tax return it provides us or our accountant. Think about VISA. VISA doesn't send you a blank piece of paper each month, and ask you to list all your purchases, add them up and then penalize you if you get the wrong number. It sends you a statement with everything it knows on it. We are one of the only countries in the world that makes filing so hard. Many companies send you a tentative tax return, which you can adjust. Others have withholding at the source, so the average citizen doesn't file anything.California adopted a form of the above -- it was called ReadyReturn. 98%+ of those who tried it loved it. But the program was bitterly opposed by Intuit, makers of Turbo Tax. They went so far as to contribute $1 million to a PAC that made an independent expenditure for one candidate running for statewide office. The program was also opposed by Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist. The stated reason was that the government would cheat taxpayers. I believe the real reason is that they want tax filing to be painful, since they believe that acts as a constraint on government programs.