Thursday, 11 February 2010

Get Your FAX Straight

The missus has been applying for new jobs.  Options are usually as follows:

Download this form, fill out this form, attach CV (resume) and email it. 
However a large number of options have been limited to 'print off this form, attach credentials  and fax it' emphasis on "DO NOT EMAIL THIS FORM AS IT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED" - WTF?

Only 4 wee problems, 

1.) we have no printer at home 
2.) we have no fax at home  
3.) Doing this from her work is not an option (prying eyes) 
4.) corner shop with fax/print service here is practically non existent

Enter McGruber/McGyver wannabe aka me to save the day.

Steps as follows:

  1. Download forms (Some are MS Word and some are Adobe PDF)
  2. 'Acquire' software to edit Adobe PDFs (not easy or totally legal ssshhh!)
  3. Complete forms and print to PDF file
  4. Because I have no scanner, take photo of Degrees, reference letters and convert to PDF
  5. Sign-up for eFax one month free trial (again)
  6. Attempt to Fax forms
  7. Troubleshoot cryptic non delivery error msgs x {8 times} - eventually give up on eFax
  8. Source alternate free fax delivery software and find one for Hong Kong (
  9. Complete sending fax of 10 pages x 2 with confirmation

Time spent - a mere 13 hours for 2 identical faxes {10 pages each}

Result = Receive EMAIL acknowledgement forms received - WAHOO!

Note: I could have walked to the delivery address and hand written the forms in a fraction of the time! - but they don't accept hand delivered forms!

....but wait ... Received follow up EMAIL request for resending forms because fax image not clear - Please EMAIL the attachments ! - WTF????

Tags: ..Get Your FAX Straight..

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Caro February 11, 2010 12:10 pm  

I didn't realise you'd moved to Italy!

Caro February 11, 2010 12:10 pm  

Oh, and best of luck to the missus. Job hunting's no fun.

Quickroute February 11, 2010 9:41 pm  

@ Thanks - so it's not just here - good to know

Baino February 12, 2010 2:26 am  

Haha sounds like applying for a public service job here. Hopefully al the shenanigins means that only the worthy get through to interview. You're a good man Enda!

I want that Adobe editing software. Send it to me on the sly on FB. Good luck with the job hunting. I just got rejected, twice in one week but at least I got to interview. Note to self: Get facelift, liposuction, new suit . .bla bla blearghhhhhhhh

nick February 12, 2010 3:43 am  

Jeez, what a rigmarole. I suspect it's just a crafty way of limiting the applicants, so they don't have to wade through a zillion forms. I hope Mrs Quicky manages to find something after all that.

Phew, I missed High School Reunion the first time round. What a scorcher!

Stevo February 12, 2010 4:12 am  

Nicely done. I should be so creative.

Quickroute February 12, 2010 4:25 am  

@ Baino: Been reading your work woes - what a nightmare - will send you a link for the sw

@ Nick: damn crafty indeed - and it probably cuts down on paperwork while killing numerous trees

Quickroute February 12, 2010 4:41 am  

Thanks - if I could apply that creativity to my own career I'd be golden

Thriftcriminal February 14, 2010 5:24 am  

What happened to using the POTS port on the laptop and printing to fax?

Quickroute February 14, 2010 7:03 am  

@ Thrifty: No modem on most netbooks these days :-(

Nomadic Matt February 17, 2010 2:36 am  

you are like the mcgyver of modern technology. what can you do with an ipod, a netbook, 6 peices of string, and bubble gym?

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