The new digital job market

Has searching for your dream job been feeling more difficult everyday? As anyone searching for work right now can tell you, the job market is not what it used to be. While on one hand the power is in the hands of the qualified candidate, there is also a lot of competition out there and the job search and “getting noticed” process has changed, and so has interviewing. There are lots of new things to learn.As a recent grad myself, I know exactly how difficult the job market can be. It took me two months just to find something part time to pay my rent, and another six to begin my career in my field! By some people’s standards that is not bad. There are definitely people out there whose searches will take longer than mine, but these tips and strategies will help make the process, smoother, shorter, and more successful!

The traditional job searching techniques used ten years ago, or even two years ago just don’t quite cut it anymore. The market has changed and to be successful we need to learn how to adapt, and change with it.

Job searching and interviewing ready is a skill we are expected to know but aren’t necessarily taught. So a lot of self-teaching happens through trial and error, and asking for other opinions. When I first started my search it was more or less confined to the system I understood, online job boards. I sent my resumes and my cover letters following the formula I understood. So why wasn’t I getting anywhere?

As it turns out there is a digital revolution happening within recruitment and HR. It’s subtle, and on the surface why would it really affect me, the job seeker? Well these digital changes are introducing new digital helpers for the recruiter and mean new skills are required for the job seeker. Some of these technologies might be screening you out before you even get the interview if you’re not aware and prepared.

Job-hunting can often feel like a numbers game, logically, the more applications I send, and the more employers I will hear back from. Well it doesn’t really work that way. And recruiters on the other side receive so many resumes and applications that they are adopting new digital technologies because they don’t have the time and resources to go through the hundreds of applications they receive. Using this new digital tech helps them narrow the list of candidates based on what is included in that initial resume or application.

So I’m here with this blog to help you understand how to navigate the digital hiring landscape, and hopefully help improve your digital interviewing skills so you will land at the top of the list and get the interview.