5 Best Ways to Use New Technology to Your Advantage in the Job Hunting Process
Imagine being invited to a video interview...only to discover that it’s not a video interview at all! No one from the company will be speaking directly to you; they are actually asking you to create a video of yourself answering a few questions and send the video back to the company “so we can see your verbal communication skills.” This really happened to one Redditor, who laments, “Guess I’m not important enough for a 15 minute Zoom call."
New technology is supposed to make our lives easier, yet employers can utilize technology to their advantage at the expense of would-be employees. This can leave job seekers feeling powerless and trapped. How can you turn this state of powerlessness on its head and use technology to your advantage instead?
Clean up your social media profiles
New technology is not only part of the job interview process, it’s also ubiquitous in most people’s daily lives. For example, most Americans have a profile on at least one social media site. If you don’t want your social media profiles to be a liability when job hunting, make sure you tidy them up. According to Hays, “survey results show that 86% of employers believe candidates should make their profiles more employer friendly, so aligning your social profiles with your professional persona is an important part of selling yourself.”
Certainly, you should never forget networking in-person; but did you know LinkedIn is one of the job hunting sites used by over 90% of recruiters and employers, according to this New Horizons article? Keeping your social media profiles, especially your LinkedIn profiles, up-to-date when job hunting is one of the best decisions you can make for online networking.
Build a personal website
FlexJobs reminds job seekers that potential employers often do some cursory Internet searches about job applicants before even calling them for an interview. When finding a job during Covid, you often can’t meet for an interview face-to-face right away; but this is all the more reason to try to stand out online instead.
Wouldn’t it be great if an employer “stumbled across” a “personal portfolio” website you’ve created, advertising your skills and experience? Better yet, why not also include a link to such a website in your resume?
Be prepared for technological changes in the hiring process
The Covid pandemic has accelerated the use of new technology and Artificial Intelligence in the hiring process.
According to CNBC, not only should people expect video interviews when job hunting, but they “should also expect to interact with AI-driven tools...which can screen candidates, ask interview questions, and answer questions that they may have on the fly more frequently.” Make sure you are prepared for all these changes in the hiring process.
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Turn New Technology From a Job-Hunting Liability to an Asset
New technology can certainly be used by employers at the expense of job seekers, but why not turn this situation to your advantage by using new technology yourself in your job-hunting process? Don’t forget, there are many ways to use new technology to present yourself as favourably as possible; and technology has even evolved to help you find a job that fits your skills and go straight to an on-the-job evaluation.