Technology Weaves Tighter Into The Job Market: Four Methods Used To Find A Job
February 28, 2013

Technology Weaves Tighter Into The Job Market: Four Methods Used To Find A Job

If you are one of the hundred thousands of Americans currently unemployed, then you are on the job hunt or you are part of a company seeking interesting and talented candidates. Well, technology just may be able to help you out in your quest.

The Huffington Post recently published an article on their Business site about the four ways technology influences the job search, interview process, and hiring procedures. The four different uses of technology may just help fill a position or help someone find that dream job, so let’s take a look at them.

The main category of new technology for the job search is internet technology, and the first example is the use of twesumes (said as if resumes and Twitter had a celebrity couple nickname). Many job seekers and companies are turning to Twitter to help them. Companies looking for new hires use Twitter to post announcements and links to their career pages as well as to send out feelers for interested candidates and connect all these with hashtags. So, job searchers have taken that and adopted Twitter to their own searches.

Many of those on the lookout for jobs use Twitter to post twesumes, 140 characters to make them stand out, to grab a potential employer’s attention. Some of these twesumes have links to the candidate’s blogs, webpages, other social media, and resumes while others are meant to catch the attention of companies through ingenuity and talent.

Twitter demands brevity from either side—job seekers and job hirers—which also means that creativity is a must. So, get on that twesume right now.

The second category of primarily internet technology comes in the form of the video interview, whether via Skype, Google Chat, GoToMeeting, or otherwise. Many companies have started utilizing the video interview more. First, it is less time consuming. Second, it allows greater flexibility for interviewer and interviewee. Third, companies do not have to worry about compensating interviewees for their travel. Finally, they show just how technology has impacted the hiring process.

The video interview means no more face-to-face interactions. Candidates must be sure to affect the interviewers through the distance, which is not as easy as it might seem. Think about it; some people are incredible interviewees because they are dynamic and have a vibe that others want. It is harder to have that dynamic impact or elicit a vibe when being interviewed through a screen (computer or otherwise).

So, with the video interview, an interviewee is challenged to show his or her talents, affect the interviewers, and prove oneself through the technology. It certainly will make the interview process interesting. The convenience of the video interview is not going away, so candidates must learn to navigate this internet technology.

Beyond the use of the internet in its traditional ways, some other technologies are influencing the job market. Next is the mobile interview. Where the video interview is two way, with both parties connected and having synchronous interactions, the mobile interview is a one-way interview. So, companies will provide questions to the candidate (perhaps via email) and the candidate will record his or her answers and send those back to the company.

This asynchronous interview means that applicants can answer the questions, whenever and wherever, directly from their mobile devices. It also helps employers. As the Huffington Post says, “This helps employers cut down on time-consuming phone screens and initial screening interviews, allowing for more focus on only the most qualified candidates.”

The final way technology has affected the job seeking and hiring process is by what the Huffington Post calls the “Job Search Campaign.” Yep, as if the political elections were not enough, now job seekers are creating campaigns to find their dream job. They are using new technology to create very targeted campaigns focused on their company of choice. One example in the article is an applicant who makes herself a commodity on Amazon.

These clever displays of ingenuity are becoming a new trend for both sides of the job market. Candidates can cater to a company in order to campaign for a position while companies can create skills tests or ask contenders to create a webpage, write a blog, or outline a marketing campaign all in an effort to see how innovative and creative that candidate is even before sitting down to an interview.

Yes, technology weaves its way into most aspects of our lives. These are just four ways that job seekers can maneuver through the technology to land their dream job.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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