There’s no doubt that the jobs market has adapted to the changes the technology era has brought. No longer is pounding the pavement with a stack of CVs the best way to go, and for the majority of graduates’ job search starts at home with a laptop and an internet connection. The same can be said for HR managers, who are now more likely to post job ads online than in a local paper or on a local radio station. For students looking to enter the job market, some knowledge about the online world of hiring is essential.
When you’re looking for inspiration, Forbes is a great place to start, as their online magazine is home to a wealth of information when it comes to business, hiring, firing, and even setting yourself up as an entrepreneur. This is a site with way more information that any career’s advisor would have had access to in the past, and also opens up a whole world of opportunities. Depending on your circumstances, moving somewhere new might be an option, and this website will give you insight of business practice around the world.
Many young people entering the job market are conscious of their impact on the world around them, and want to work in a place with a responsible corporate environment. While many businesses have sections on their website specifically devoted to their environmental impact, there are now many surveys and reports online so you can really check on how a business treats their employees and the local community. Bloomberg provides plenty of information on corporations around the world, and covers scandals and future predictions to help you find a secure and ethical position.
When writing a CV, it is absolutely worth bearing in mind that the internet era has shortened so many attention spans that you need to be brief. Providing a quick summary of your relevant experience and education is all that is necessary, as most HR managers will only scan your CV for 30 seconds or so. It’s also worth bearing in mind that a good cover letter is imperative for any job search, as many people applying for the same job will have similar levels of education and experience. Very few jobs in modern business require skills in creative writing, so if you think you’re the best person for the job, but aren’t sure you’re able to sell yourself on paper, it may be time to consider employing a writing service. Some great services are listed on UK Top Writers, where you can read reviews of the best writing services, and figure out which one is best for you. This is an increasingly common practice, as schools often teach us the skills we need to do the job, but not the skills required to get the job. This is especially true for engineers and scientists, who can be very intelligent, but not spend much time writing.
Making sure you are searching for a job in all the right places like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter is very important in today’s job market, as they’re avenues HR managers tend to use. It’s also essential to make sure you’re online profile is private, or at least professional, as you don’t want to miss an opportunity due to a few unfortunate photos.
While social media is a great place to find jobs, it’s also worth finding out which recruiting websites are most prevalent in your area or industry. Websites such as Recruiter are a great place to start looking for work, and what’s great is that while you are looking for an employer, employers are also reviewing your profile, which can lead to you getting hired twice as quickly.
While there may be areas where the internet can seem more of a hindrance than a help, when it comes to job searching after graduation it is an incredibly valuable tool, that can be used to the advantage of both jobseekers and employers.
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