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Ask Elsie-- January 24, 2019

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ask Elsie is a column where Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro tackles employee queries, or in areas outside her purview, asks other District leaders to answer them.

Dear Elsie,

How may I know which ones are the 23 elementary school that will be part of the program: "Schools to Ice Skate?"

Thanks,

Flor Hermosillo Rojas

Dear Ms. Rojas,

Please review the following schedule:

Thanks again for your question Ms. Rojas.

Elsie

Dear Elsie,

I was very surprised to learn that all of FWISD high schools calculate GPA where a 90 is a B, and 80 a C and so on. I am concerned over this practice because it seems to put our students at a disadvantage when applying for colleges and competing with students from other districts that count 90 as an A. How is this fair to them? Why does FWISD do this?

Lisa

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for your question. I reached out to Charles Carroll, FWISD’s chief academic officer, regarding your question and here’s the response: “I do not know why this practice was initiated. I will be bringing forward a change to the existing policy to normalize our grading scale. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.”

Thanks again for your question Lisa and thank you Mr. Carroll for your response.

Elsie

Dear Elsie,

Thank you for your helpful column in our District newsletter. I appreciate reading new information each week.

Please let me know if you can assist with finding an answer to my question. I have enjoyed many years in the District, and I am a product of Fort Worth ISD. Recently, I completed additional certification and finished an advanced degree in education. Though I love my current job, I would like to be considered for other positions in the District that I am now qualified to apply for. When I view jobs in Applitrack and submit applications, the system limits applicants to only 12 applications. However, some of the positions stay open throughout the year (i.e., a coordinator "pool") because they represent multiple openings. These jobs count as one of 12 allowed vacancies.

Frequently, many new positions are uploaded into the system at the same time. If an applicant tries to apply for these new positions, it is possible to reach the maximum. Then, the software displays an alert to the user, indicating that they have exceeded the number allowed. Is it possible to override this function in the system? I appreciate the opportunity to apply for all the positions I am qualified to apply for according the background requirements.

If the number of applications is limited, then applicants have to choose not to be included for consideration. This is a difficult choice, especially when multiple openings are uploaded into the platform simultaneously. Modifying this limit would enable applicants to apply for more openings. As always, your time and attention are appreciated.

Another option would be to change online "pool" positions to not count as one of the twelve, since they are traditionally open for extended periods throughout the year. I look forward to the possibility new opportunities.

Prospective Job Applicant

Dear Prospective Job Applicant,

Thank you for your question. I reached out to Cynthia Rincón, FWISD’s Human Capital Management and Legal Services chief, regarding your question and here’s the response: “Frontline Applicant Tracking is the online system that we use to manage applications for all posted positions, including pool positions that may be used for multiple vacant positions of the same kind. Human Capital Management (HCM) individually screens every application for professional positions for eligibility. Annually, we have over 15,000 individuals submitting nearly 100,000 applications.

Following your question, we contacted Frontline and asked them to change the application limit in order to allow individuals to apply for more than twelve positions. The system now has a limit of 100 active positions for which an applicant can apply.

Your question prompted me to provide some feedback for why you should not apply for so many positions. Although we always recommend only applying for the jobs you really want and are qualified for, I wanted to provide some pointers which were recommended by other organizations.

Monster.com is one of the largest companies that matches talented, job-seeking individuals with companies that are trying to find the best talent for their open position.

‘From Monster.com: Vicki Salemi

‘Q. Should I submit multiple online job applications to the same company to increase my chances of getting an interview?

‘A. Nope. . . .

‘Whenever I saw candidates submit multiple applications to the same company and not get any traction, it raised a red flag. I thought, ‘Hmm, this person is not only unfocused, they’re also unqualified, and the other recruiters for those roles aren’t interested in this candidate.’ It kind of sends a negative connotation around your candidacy.

I never ended up hiring anyone who applied to 20 different jobs at the same company, but I did hire many candidates who applied to two or three jobs.’

‘From The Job Network: Jessie Lui

Why Applying to as Many Jobs as Possible can be a Mistake

There are two mistakes when applying for jobs. One is to apply to every job in sight, and the other is to apply for multiple positions within the company.

Applying for Multiple Jobs at the Same Time

Individuals who apply for multiple jobs at the same time on job search sites tend to follow the same pattern. Because they are flooding the job websites with multiple applications, they are not taking the time to individualize job applications to show that they are qualified to fill particular jobs. . . . It is better to take the time to research the company and rework a job application to fit the description of the position.

Applying for Multiple Jobs at the Same Company

This can be a big mistake. Recruiters [and hiring supervisors] see the job applications as they come in, and an individual who applies for multiple positions within the same company can come across as desperate and willing to take any job. Applying for jobs in this way can end up with the recruiter [or hiring supervisor] noting your desperation on your application file. In other words, this is a good way to never get called in for an interview. Recruiters [and hiring supervisors] want individuals who actually want particular jobs because they are more likely to stay in the position’.

I hope this information helps you in your search for the right fit for your skills, abilities, and credentials. Please contact us if you have further questions.”

Thanks again for your question Prospective Job Applicant and thank you Ms. Rincón for your response.

Elsie

Direct your questions to Inside@fwisd.org and put the words "Ask Elsie" in the subject line. Please close your letter with your preferred signature as you wish it to appear in the column. When there are multiple queries on the same subject, we will select the one that is most representative of the subject. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.