Friday, Nov 29 2019

5 Ways That Technology Has Changed the Job Hunting Process

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5 Ways That Technology Has Changed the Job Hunting Process

If you haven’t managed a job hunt recently, you might notice that the landscape is a bit different. Technology has become increasingly ingrained in the recruitment arena. Not only is it impacting how candidates find jobs, but it is also altering how employers evaluate applicants. As a result, if you aren’t familiar with the tech in play, you could end up struggling during your job hunt.

 

Luckily, learning to navigate the new landscape isn’t difficult. Here’s a look at five ways technology has changed the job-hunting process and what it means for you.

1. Your Digital Footprint Matters

Not long ago, employers didn’t spend much time Googling candidates. However, that isn’t the case today. An increasing number of hiring managers search for applicant profiles online and, when they find them, they scrutinize them carefully.

Before you launch a job search, you need to examine your digital footprint. See what comes up if you Google yourself. Review any public social media profiles through the eyes of a hiring manager.

If you see anything troubling, take steps to fix it. In some cases, this could involve deleting old posts or photos. In others, reaching out to a contact or site and asking them to untag you or remove certain information might be necessary. At times, setting your profile to private may be all you need to do.

 

2. You Need to Watch Your Resume Formatting

Long gone are the days where every resume is printed out before it is reviewed. As a result, you need to consider how yours will look on a variety of screens, including different kinds of computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Your goal should be to ensure that your document is easy to scan and that its formatting won’t change when it is opened on various device types. Usually, keeping your layout simple and relying on commonly available fonts can make your document stable enough. However, if submitting your resume as a PDF is allowed, you might want to go that route as it is often the best choice if you want to make sure it looks the same for everyone.

 

3. Your Digital Professional Network is Important

When you are searching for a new job, having a strong digital professional network could be vital to your success. These connections can help you learn about unadvertised opportunities or may be willing to act as referrals, increasing your odds of landing an interview.

If you don’t have a professional social media profile, set one up as soon as possible. Usually, starting with LinkedIn is a wise move. Then, once your profile is complete, starting connecting immediately.

 

4. Establishing a Professional Brand is Smart

Social media has given everyone the ability to create a brand for themselves. Many employers look for information that indicates how a professional positions themselves, as it often provides insight into their level of expertise.

If you don’t have much of an online presence, it’s wise to start building your brand. Write blog posts that showcase your knowledge, join discussions focused on your field, or otherwise engage in ways that highlight what you can bring to the table.

 

5. Expand Your Job Search Horizons

If you aren’t opposed to working remotely, then don’t limit your job search to your immediate area. Telecommuting and remote roles are increasingly common, mainly because technology makes it possible for many professionals to accomplish their duties from nearly anywhere.

However, only use this approach if you are comfortable working remotely. Some professionals prefer formal workplace settings, and that’s fine. So, if you fall in that category, limit your search to those opportunities.

 

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If you’d like to learn more about technology and job hunting, the team at The Armada Group can help. Contact usto speak with one of our specialists today and see how our career management expertise can benefit you.