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How Tech Changed the World: Job Searching In Today's Market
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The job search process changed considerably in just a few short years. The traditional way of doing things with paper resumes and a personal approach has gotten a digital makeover where the important connections you need to make are done more so through Facebook than face-to-face.

Making this quick adaption isn't easy for everyone, especially those who have been accustomed to doing job searching the traditional way or haven't had to do a job search in years. The fundamental principal of "survival of the fittest' applies to the job market, too, being that it is a competition after all. In order to be successful, job seekers must be able to prove their market value to the potential employers.

To help you make your way back up the job ladder, here are some of the ways that job searching has changed and how you can make the best of these new developments:

1) Google is the new resume.

A resume and cover letter is the official way for job seekers to apply for jobs and provide the necessary information to hiring managers. But it's not the only way for them to see what kind of talent is out there. Hiring managers and recruiters often search Google or LinkedIn for potential candidates. If your curiosity hasn't already led you to Google yourself, do so ASAP. Take a look at the links that come up on the first page and see whether the results that match you are things you are comfortable with hiring managers seeing.

2) Your work history, in a nutshell.

A simple summary of your work history is sufficient. With the overwhelming amount of applicants there are for an open position, hiring managers are limited to the amount of time they can spend looking at each resume. LinkedIn allows you to summarize yourself and your work history, a valuable feature not to be neglected.

3) Your objective is their objective.

It used to be common for applicants to include an objective in their resumes. This was at a time when the employer cared more about the job seeker's needs. Today, companies only care about how the job seeker can fulfill their needs. An employer has to be interested in your not because of what you hope to achieve by being hired, but what you have achieved and how your contribution will benefit their goals. You have to prove that you are valuable in their pursuits, not the other way around.

What we're experiencing in the present day is what was considered "futuristic" not long ago. The rapid advances in technology has completely morphed the way we do many everyday things, especially job hunting. Job hunting can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be hard. Having the ability to adapt quickly to these and upcoming changes will allow you to keep from getting trumped by the competition.