How the internet has changed your job hunt

Being a job hunter in this day and age has changed drastically from what we knew even ten years ago. Some changes have been for the better, and some have made the process harder. Here’s how the process of job hunting has changed, and how you can take advantage of it.

Employers can spread their net wider

If a company wanted to hire in the past, they had to hire within their local area. Now, the internet has changed all that. An employer can offer telecommuting to employees, or hire employees from further afield. Thanks to video conferencing, it’s easy to interview people from anywhere in the world.

It’s much cheaper for job hunters

In the past if you wanted to apply for a job, you were going to have to shell out. Sending out even a few resumes could set you back in postage costs. These days no employer expects to be sent a physical application form. You can send it online, meaning it gets there instantly and you don’t have to wait in line at the post office.

Job applications can be done in seconds

Thanks to online job board websites and auto fill forms, you no longer have to spend hours painstakingly filling in applications and applying for jobs. Instead, you can fill out your details once with the job board of your choice, and then you can fire off applications in seconds. It’s a much quicker and less stressful way of finding a job.

Job hunters can now get help with their resumes

Even a few years ago, you were lucky if you were ever taught how to write a resume. Job hunters had to wing it, and hope what they’d included was what the recruiter was looking for. Now, it’s much different. There’s plenty of help online if you want to find out how to write that resume. Job board websites such as CharityJob have their own tips ready and available. You can also speak to the experts yourself, or hunt out professional advice career or sector related advice available on the CharityJob Career Advice blog.

Social media is changing the face of the job hunt

Nowadays, you don’t need to be only be looking on dedicated job boards in order to find the job you want. Social media is becoming the next big thing to find candidates. People looking for jobs reach out via their networks on Twitter. LinkedIn has offered a whole new way to meet other professionals online. Now, Facebook has joined in too by allowing companies to post job listings on their pages. In an increasingly connected world, social media as a hiring tool makes a lot of sense.

People are looking for jobs in unique places

It’s not only social media that’s changing the face of job hunting. People are looking for roles and opportunities in more unique places than ever. It started off with online classified sites such as Gumtree, but now you can find a job in all kinds of places. Your friends may be able to send you job listings, or you can create your own opportunities by reaching out directly to employers in order to get noticed. All in all, there’s all kinds of jobs out there waiting for you, if you know where to look.

As you can see, the face of job hunting has changed drastically in recent years. Has it effected you for the better? If you’re using the internet to apply for jobs, then the answer is probably yes.

Rachel Summers

Rachel Summers is a local newspaper reporter, British journalist, and a freelance creative writer and editor.

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