“When it comes to some big-name companies, Macintosh users may have a tough time landing a job,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News. “It’s not just that the business world is dominated by Windows-based computers. It’s because, at a number of large companies, Mac users literally can’t apply.”
Fried reports, “At American Express, for example, job seekers are greeted with this warning: ‘At this time, the system does not support Mac environments. If you don’t have access to a PC at home or work, please check out a local public library for Internet access, local Internet cafes, or the nearest government Work Force Center.'”
Fried reports, “The financial-services company, like a number of other well-known businesses, uses an outside talent management company, BrassRing, to manage its online job applications. However, the current generation of BrassRing’s software doesn’t support Mac browsers. A company representative said it hasn’t incorporated Mac support because clients haven’t been clamoring for it. ‘However, we are seeing a gradual increase in demand,’ said BrassRing spokesman Doug Jensen. ‘Therefore, BrassRing Enterprise 8, which is coming out in December, will be Firefox-compatible to support Mac users.’
“Although Windows-based computers dominate the markets for both business and consumer PCs, Apple has been steadily gaining share. The company saw its Mac unit shipments rise 48 percent in the third quarter. That gives the company a 4.3 percent share of the U.S. market, according to IDC, up a full percentage point from last year,” Fried reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: Those who surf the Web using a Mac tend to be better educated and make more money than their PC-using counterparts, according to a report from Nielsen/NetRatings. So, if you want less educated people who’ll work for less money, exclude Mac users from your online application process. By the way, Mac users are probably more likely to carry American Express cards in their wallets. Maybe we shouldn’t use them until Amex figures out a way to allow employee applications from everyone?
In related news: Want to apply to work for the British Civil Service? Mac users need not apply here either. The online tests that form part of the FastStream recruitment process only run on Windows. Having registered with the site http://www.faststream.gov.uk, applicants are given the following warning: “Please note that unfortunately on Apple Macs running Macromedia Flash, some of the graphics on the Numerical Reasoning tests are not correctly positioned and therefore a Microsoft Windows based PC must be used to ensure all questions are correctly displayed.” FastStream is a graduate entry route into senior British Civil Service careers. The kind of people who get to choose which computer systems government departments should use, who get to award government IT contracts, etc. Guess they won’t be recommending Macs or awarding contracts to Apple, huh? Ironically, the website states, “regardless of your gender, ethnic origin, disability, sexuality, age or marital status, if you have what it takes to join the FastStream, we look forward to your application.” [Thanks to MDN reader “brassbaby” for the heads up on the FastStream situation.]