What Does Technology Have To Do With Job Hunting?
New technology changes every time we do things, such as communicate, entertain, educate, and even search for jobs. A few years back, it was solely paper resumes that were being used by job seekers and employers. With the changing technology, job searching has shifted towards a more convenient and quick method of snagging a lucrative job or hiring people. Now phones, social networking sites, and video conferences have emerged as several tools of recruiting the right candidate.
Let’s take a look at how the modern technology has changed the way we search jobs:
Social Networking Sites
Social networking sites have become the best way to search a job. Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn have given anew dimension to the job seekers as well as employers. The Internet has definitely made a huge impact on job searches. According to the CEO of the tech firm Enterasys Networks: “The Web is now your resume and social networks are
mass references.” In fact, companies are using these networking sites to post their job vacancies with links to their company site and hashtags(#). It offers an advantage of a wider audience and quicker results.
– The Twesume
According to the post on USA Today, Tweets instead of resumes are the new trend. There are several methods of finding a job, but no one could believe that tweets could become more effective than resumes. The fact is, though, that there are many companies who are relying on the Twitter sphere to find a suitable employee.
Instead of focusing on long paper resume, many companies prefer Twesume – a 140-character Twitter resume. Such a resume is soon to become the next hiring model for
the tech-savvy companies and job seekers. A typical Twesume includes links to
the job applicant’s resume and professional social media profile.
– Video Interview
The video interview is another outcome of modern technology. Many employers find it more cost effective and a quick way to interview candidates who are in distant locations through a webcam. Video interviews are preferred by every 6 out of 10 companies to reduce their cost, time, and efforts. Video interviews conducted in the form of video conferences are used as a tool to screen the suitable candidates for final selection procedure.
Free Job Search Apps
With increasing competition, job seekers are always looking for ways to stay one step ahead of their job search.Technology has given easy access to several free or paid apps, which multiply the result of your job search. The mobile job application apps have gone viral. They allow job seekers to search for vacancies anytime and anywhere. These apps help with getting job alerts, organise job search, upload resume and contact recruiters. To name a few:
– Jobs.ac.uk App: The app is available on Android and iPhone. This free app creates a new platform for job searches across the US, UK, Spain, Canada and France. The key features of the application are that it saves thousands of job searches across the globe, allow searches for job openings by location/salary/discipline, add to a favourites list, and refer jobs to friends.
– Naukrigulf.com App: Naukrigulf.com lunched the iOS and android apps to create mobility in finding jobs in the Gulf region. It allows one to stay connected all the time and load job openings faster. The biggest advantage is that it filters job searches on the basis of location and apply for them easily. For the UAE job seekers, some other popular apps are available such as iUAEjJobs and Jobs Abu Dhabi.
– Interview Skills: Launched by Barclays Capital, the Interview skill app is a special app to allow candidates prepare for a job interview with Barclays. However, its videos and advice makes it a great app for other job seekers. This free app available on iPhone and iPod touch is handy to use and demystify the job interview process for candidates.
– LinkedIn Mobile: Most of the apps are available on iPad and iPhone; however, this app can also be downloaded on Palm, Blackberry and others. The LinkedIn app includes attractive features such as updating one’s profile, checking for recent visitors, keeping up with the latest job openings, and recommending others.
Job Search Campaign
Nowadays, more job seekers are taking advantage of new technology to start their own job search campaigns. Smart applications are the result of such campaigns for job seekers. Moreover, job hunters taking up such campaigns are seen by their potential employer as the people who can think creatively and display their skills. Many employers prefer to test their candidates on creating a webpage, outlining a marketing campaign, or writing a blog post.