Job Seeking in Today’s Digital World
The world of today is incredibly fast-paced, and is also constantly evolving. Jobs and the job market are different to what they used to be, meaning that job seekers need to adapt too. A proper online presence is essential, but it’s important to be astute in the offline arena as well. The most important factor when entering the competitive job market is to stay focused and keep a cool head, while also remaining open and flexible. Opportunities can arise in all sorts of places, from a polished social media platform to a personal message. Looking for jobs in new arenas, such as managing e-commerce and media for online entertainment businesses, can be very lucrative.
These are not necessarily offline exercises, but rather refer to using technology in a more human way. Doing as much research as possible into prospective companies so that you know what they are looking for and what to focus on, for example, is very important, and offline and online resources should be used for this. Personal communication, including e-mails, telephone calls and even Twitter messages, are also very useful. In short, the human factor should not be underestimated and should be taken into account when trying to further career prospects.
Modern Technological Measures
There are several programs and platforms that job seekers and recruiters can now readily make use of. These include job search apps such as Craigslist for iPhone, JobAware Lite, SnagAJob, Simply Hired and JobCompass, resume apps like Pocket Resume and interview apps such as Interview Pro. Automated recruiters that search the web for suitable employee prospects based on algorithms, and other sophisticated tools, are becoming more commonplace. Social networking apps including BeKnown, Facebook and Twitter are also very useful, with LinkedIn being the most popular platform. A recent JobVite survey’s findings include that 95% of recruiters use the app to search for and to contact candidates, and that 92% post job listings on LinkedIn as opposed to 39% on Twitter and 48% on Facebook. It was also found that employers check candidates’ LinkedIn profiles for specific hard skills, professional experience and length of professional tenure.
In light of all of this it makes sense for individuals to optimise their online profiles, particularly on LinkedIn. All information should also be kept up to date, so that recruiters are always aware of applicants’ full skill set and history. Aside from building a professional profile, individuals need to participate in groups and discussions intelligently, to establish a wider online presence. They should also be careful not to share too much with their professional communities. Using the understanding they have of what a company wants and needs will also help applicants to word their resumes more appropriately. This will help them make it past the first automated screening rounds that more and more companies are utilising. Ultimately, technological and human measures are important when managing job applications as best as possible.
Today’s job seekers need to stay abreast of the latest developments and know what real world and automated recruiters are looking for.