Keeping Up with How Technology has Changed the Job Search

The digital revolution has impacted more than just how we communicate and collaborate with colleagues, friends, and family. It has also transformed how recruiters find top talent and the ways employers screen job applicants – they now harness the power of technology to make their jobs easier. How does this affect you in your quest to grow your career? It changes EVERYTHING.

  1. The bots do the heavy lifting for recruiters and employers and prioritize candidates.

Did you know that your resume may be rejected from the applicant pool without ever being viewed by a human? Employers use Applicant Tracking Systems, also known as ATS, which search resumes for “keywords” that they program into the software to find people with the key skills they want. Knowing how to build a resume that incorporates them and how to “tweak” your document for specific roles is crucial. In addition, certain formatting tricks can interfere with your resume’s ability to be read by the ATS. Here’s an article about why it pays to work with a professional resume writer, who knows exactly how to make your resume sail through ATS with ease.

 

  1. The virtual realm is how you “meet” connections and grow your network.

LinkedIn is more than a social network. It’s a valuable tool you can leverage for everything from building a portfolio of recommendations for viewing by recruiters to cultivating relationships with “insiders” at companies where you want to work. This article by Forbes reported that as early as 2014, 98% of recruiters and 85% of hiring managers were using LinkedIn to find candidates. To gain the most traction, you should join and contribute your expertise in “groups,” and don’t forget to add as many sections as are relevant to you in your profile, while sprinkling keywords and achievements throughout the content.

  1. Your online presence could be costing you jobs.

With employers now Googling applicants’ names and scanning candidates’ Facebook and Twitter acounts, you’d better be careful about what they can see. As a potential representative of their company, they want to know that customers won’t see controversial or offensive content or reckless conduct if they go to your page. It’s time to review your privacy settings and public posts across your full digital footprint.

With a little knowledge and work, you can bring your job search in line with technology trends. Need help? Book a free career consultation and resume review with iCareerSolutions now.

Arno Markus BA, MSc. | CPRW (Certified Professional Résumé Writer)
CEO and Founder of iCareerSolutions
Member, Forbes Coaches Council

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