Friday, May 17, 2013

How Technology Is Changing the Job Search

If you haven’t been in the job market for a while, you may be in for a few surprises. Technology has changed many aspects of the job hunt—from how we network and find out about openings, to what employers are doing to make better hiring decisions. The following are just a few examples.

Video interviews
Video interviews are easier to schedule and can cut transportation time and expense for employers. They are used often, especially for first-round interviews. Make sure to send your resume and other materials in advance. Video interviews are typically held in a recruiter’s office or other professional environment, so arrive early to allow time to learn how to use the equipment. Dress professionally, as you would for any other interview, and during the interview, be sure to make eye contact with the camera.

Social media
LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are fantastic social media tools for increasing networking opportunities. Social media is also helpful in uncovering possible job opportunities and obtaining important news regarding specific companies. For example, by following a company on LinkedIn, you can find out critical information about that company, like new acquisitions, agency hiring, key employees leaving, etc. Read between the lines, and you may be able to figure out what possible jobs are available and anticipate upcoming hiring needs.

Employer computer systems
In today’s job market, computer systems are often used for screening resumes. This makes it even more crucial that your application or resume target specific jobs and relay key information and terms important to your profession. These will then match to the job requirements when the system scans your application and/or resume.

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