The Times Union added an element of technology to their quarterly job fair with the help of EBizDocs, a document scanning and electronic records management company in Albany. Previously, the events made paper registration forms the sole medium for submission—EBizDocs brought in five tablets equipped with an electronic version of the registration form, enabling the guests to fill it out and send it to staff just by clicking the submit button. Paper forms were still available as well.
Responses to the tablets were brief, although very concise and to the point. “This is fun,” said one guest as he completed the form, while several others reported that it was “simple to use” and “much preferred to using paper.”
Another guest elaborated on the reason for her preference, saying “if you make a mistake on a paper form, you have to deal with that, either by showing the person your sending it to that you crossed something out, or getting a new form.” The tablet, which supports stylus handwriting and a digital eraser feature, “makes it easy to make sure the information is accurate and presentable.”
Structured data is easily achievable, as well, through radio buttons, checkboxes, and text input fields that bring up a soft keyboard on focus.
In addition to the technical benefits of the device, several guests cited trying something new as the reason to opt for the digital registration.
And the verdict? “I’d definitely pick the tablet again, given a choice.”
The five tablets routed over 250 digital registrations to the Times Union.
EBizDocs’ Ed Canary was also on hand to scan resumes for job seeker to make their information more easily accessible to the exhibitors looking for that next great employee.