Thursday, July 30, 2015

All Public Libraries and DOL Career Centers Should Make All Major Web Browsers Available for Use

All public libraries and DOL Career Centers should make all major web browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, etc.) available for public use. Some libraries have recently made all of the stated browsers available for use. Others have not. This creates challenges for employment applicants who apply to companies with websites that are not compatible with certain browsers. It also, for the stated reasons, creates challenges for workers who must complete online training or elements of outsourced employment either in public libraries or DOL career centers, due to issues that they might have with personal computers and/or if they have not been privileged enough to purchase a computer that is in good working condition.

Notices should also be posted informing the public that any issues that they might experience with any website could be due to browser incompatibility and should encourage use of other browsers, and offer pointers for the successful completion of online applications, i.e. avoidance of certain symbols, et cetera, et cetera.

These simple acts could make a huge difference in employment acquisition, retention, and advancement, in merited reduction of unemployment rolls, and in the successful use of websites for any and all needed purposes.

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