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July 13, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
How honest are aspiring ophthalmologists? It's not a question many people would think to ask. But that didn't stop Dr. Michael Wiggins, of the Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He was curious about the veracity of applications sent to his institute by medical students who were interested in completing their ophthalmology residencies in Little Rock. Amazingly, Wiggins isn't the first person to wonder about this type of thing. The first published report on the credibility of physician applications was published in 1995.
February 21, 2011
There's something honorable, even patriotic, about entry-level jobs in city government being open to all comers and filled fairly on the basis of merit. To ensure that that happens, the Los Angeles city personnel department gives examinations ? tailored to each job ? to all who fill out applications and meet the experience requirements. That's what "open to all" in the City Charter means. But in the past few years, with jobs scarce and job-seekers abundant, some entry-level jobs have attracted thousands of applicants.
June 28, 1997
Applications for $300 to $1,000 grants to buy and plant trees are available from the Tree Society of Orange County. The program began three years ago to beautify urban landscapes, society officials said. Those considered eligible applicants include parent-teacher associations, ecology and garden clubs, scout troops, boys and girls clubs, nonprofit organizations and church-affiliated groups.
March 2, 2014
Re "Swift LAFD hiring cutoff limits pool," Feb. 27 In 2011, Los Angeles voters passed Measure Q, which substantially changed civil service rules for the city. Measure Q eliminated a charter provision requiring the examination process, which includes interviews, to be open to all qualified applicants. The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles opposed Measure Q because of this change. Efficiency should not be allowed to trump fairness and merit in hiring. A "first applications submitted" policy with a 60-second cutoff is not fair to the applicants, who had no idea that their futures depended on being ready to hit the "send" button right at 8 a.m. It is also not fair to Los Angeles residents, who want their Fire Department to hire the best-qualified applicants.
October 27, 1997 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
In California, phlebotomists who draw blood for lab testing must be trained and issued a certificate by the training physician or clinical laboratory bioanalyst in charge of the program, according to state regulations, or they can take state-approved college or university courses or other approved training programs. Applicants to the school programs are advised to ask to see the school's approval letter from the state of California.
July 4, 1985 | JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writer
On a Saturday morning last month at a Holiday Inn on the outskirts of Omaha, Neb., Julie Kearns and Debby Simmons were passing out written examinations to 67 area residents who wanted to be police officers. Except they didn't want to be police officers in Omaha. They wanted to work in Orange County, Calif. Kearns and Simmons are Orange County sheriff's deputies. The applicants had responded to newspaper ads that Sheriff Brad Gates had run in the Omaha and Lincoln, Neb., newspapers: " . . .
Position: Island caretaker. Duties: Lazing around Australia's Great Barrier Reef for six months. Salary: $100,000. It sounds too good to be true, but it's for real. Billing it the "Best Job in the World," Queensland state tourism officials say they are seeking one lucky person to spend six months on Hamilton Island, while promoting the destination on a blog. Within 24 hours, more than 200,000 prospective applicants had clicked onto the website While the advertisement is a publicity stunt by tourism officials, the job is genuine.
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