The Effect of the Internet on Job Search

Job search has considerably undergone sea changes. Whether it has become substantially complex or not- you will come to understand once you go through this particular post. Gone are the days when a candidate’s preparations for his foray into the corporate world were confined to learning about interview etiquette and looking up a few stock questions and answers. Today, the entire learning process entails tricks to go up the “digital” ladder and getting past all the Google robots examining resumes for keywords. You might as well find many businesses turning to manual processes for hiring, while there are others employing highly refined automated functionalities to crawl the web for the perfect hire. If you’re not customizing your job search as per the demands of the digital landscape then you’re definitely losing out on a lot.

What does the “survey” say?

CareerXroads conducted their eleventh annual “Sources of Hire Survey” where referrals occupied the top spot for the eleventh successive year when it came to the factors influencing job search – at 28%. The online job boards came collective second at 20%. Career sites, print media and recruiters followed. Now, though personal recommendations carry significant weight even in the digital age, the internet is definitely a very crucial part of the modern job search. There is no point in excluding it totally from your quest for the right job.

When it comes to customizing your resume for online job search, make sure you’re including important keywords- likely to be used by recruiters when they are hiring. Review your job description thoroughly to ensure that it is well aligned to what exactly the organization is looking for. For instance, those looking for tech jobs must be prudent enough to highlight their experience with all the hardware or software disciplines.

Besides relying on personal recommendations, consider making use of the online boards, social networking platforms and search engines to establish networks with motivated employers and expressing your willingness to work with them. Don’t forget that you can actually go on to forge personal bonds (which can later translate into recommendations) on social networking platforms as well.

The Importance of Social Media

Consider establishing a solid social media presence based on credibility, relevance and motivation. The role of the internet cannot be undermined when it comes to connecting with potential influencers. Long term career strategies can jolly well be based on connecting with alumni gatherings, industry associations and education programs – entities that are beyond your immediate social sphere.

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