It is no secret that we are in the midst of a tough job market. While the knee jerk reaction may be that the unprecedented boom in technological advances should make this whole process simpler, the truth is that it is a double edged sword. Job postings on popular sites such as Monster and Career Builder are flooded with resumes, not to mention the fact that many companies are also recruiting via social media as well. The result? Good applicants are lost in the shuffle as companies are inundated with unqualified applicants by a process that makes blasting out your resume far too easy. Here are 3 ways that you can still use technology in a positive way to land your next job.
1. Network Appropriately
As mentioned earlier, finding a job through social media is more of a realistic proposition than ever. However, you need to be strategic in how you approach this. Don’t simply send a blast message out to friends asking for a job! Instead, do some research on the companies your friends and acquaintances work for. Then, send a personal message asking genuine questions about their job and see if their are any open positions.
2. Get A 21st Century Resume
If recruiters are getting hundreds or thousands of resumes, how many times do you think they see the same Microsoft Word templates over and over again? Don’t fall into the trap of going the easy way. Whether you are a 16 year old looking for your first job or a mid-career professional looking to make a change, you have to be creative. If you want to look completely outside the box, check out an online resume presence such as Re.vu. This puts all of your key resume data into a sharp, online format that is sure to stand out.
3. Try Something New
If the masses are going to the major job search sites, maybe you should try something different. These lists of jobs are far from exhaustive. Many companies don’t like posting openings on a 3rd party site and have their own career pages. The good news is, virtually every company has a website now. That is your cue to start searching some local businesses and find out if they have any openings listed on their website. If they don’t mention it, give them a call or stop by in person. Don’t forget that technology is a great thing, but in the end it is just a tool. You still have to use human ingenuity and a little bit of “elbow grease” if you want to land the job of your dreams.
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