Once upon a time, job hunting meant hitting the streets, perusing the newspapers, handing out CVs, and introducing yourself to strangers at awkward networking events. Nowadays, however – as any millennial fresh out of university will tell you – things are a bit different. As with every other area of life, job hunting has gone digital. From the initial search, to the recruitment, to the interview itself, every aspect of the job hunt now involves tech.
Job Hunting Online
Online job hunting is not a new phenomenon. For as long as there have been people on the internet, there have been job hunting sites like Indeed and Monster. What is new, however is the use of social media in job hunting.
LinkedIn’s Jobs section – with its own dedicated mobile app – is an obvious place to start for many job-hunters. Users of the professional social media platform can not only search for jobs themselves, but LinkedIn can also recommend the perfect job for them based on their interests, skills and experience, and location.
Twitter is also an excellent starting point for job seekers. Not only are the general hashtags like #jobs and #graduatejobs, but there are also specific hashtags for those looking for jobs in specific industries. Those wishing to break into the publishing industry, for example, can browse #jobsinpublishing or follow @JobsInBooks.
Social Media – Friend or Foe?
Social media isn’t just a tool for the job seekers, however – it’s also an invaluable tool for recruiters! Indeed, according to a recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, 84% of organisations recruit using social media, and 9% of recruiters plan to use social media in the future.
Whilst social media can be an invaluable tool for recruiters and employers, however, allowing them to see whether or not a candidate would be a good fit for the organisation, many potential employees are uneasy about having their social accounts scrutinised by employers.
It’s not surprising that people are wary, given that more than one-third of companies have disqualified a candidate based on information they learned from social media. Some employers have even been known to fire new employees before their first day for being less than enthusiastic about work on their social media profiles. Social media has clearly blurred the lines between a work life and a private life.For better or worse, social media can and will impact your job hunt Click To Tweet
Video – The Future of Everything:
Anyone involved in digital marketing will know that video is quickly becoming the king of content, but did you know it’s also rising to prominence in the world of job hunting?
Video CVs, for example, are becoming commonplace – particularly in creative industries and marketing, where a demonstrable knowledge of video-making can really set you apart from the competition.
Many employers are also using video as part of their interview processes. Individual video calls using tools like Skype are becoming popular, since they offer many of the benefits of in-person interviews, without all the logistical difficulties. Indeed, video interviews are particularly helpful for individuals who are looking to relocate, and for hiring managers who can be difficult to pin down.
It is clear then then job hunting is becoming an increasingly digital affair. Whether it’s video CVs, Skype interviews, or social media searching, technology really has revolutionised the world of job hunting.From video CVs to Skype interviews, #tech has revolutionised the world of job hunting! Click To Tweet