With the digital age thrust upon us (whether we want it or not), a set of new challenges, opportunities and even etiquette when searching for a job has been opened up. For those who are not familiar with this new frontier, it can be difficult to navigate. Yet, with some practice and skill, anyone can navigate effectively and successfully job hunt in the digital age.
Reputation is Everything
The adage that “reputation is everything” might be even truer when it comes to our online reputation. A prospective employer can go through a few of your photos, posts, tweets, and re-tweets to get a good feel for you before even laying eyes on you in person.
If you are one of those people who like to be a little NSFW (not safe for work) on your social media accounts, you might want to think about making your social profile accounts private. If everyone can see your racy jokes, beer-drinking marathons and less than stellar grammar, then that might be the reputation that you’ll have to defend later on down the road during an interview. That’s if you can even get the interview.
Battle a Bad Reputation
If your online reputation has taken some hits, a great way to rebound is by setting up a LinkedIn account. According to Commongood Careers, 95% of hiring managers and recruiters search for candidates on the website and around 79% have hired a candidate they found on LinkedIn.
Having a LinkedIn profile is a great way to show off your resume, skills and even network with employers looking to hire. Plus, an account with a professional photo and endorsements of your skills makes you look more polished and trustworthy.
Resumes on paper are very 20th century, so why not upgrade your resume to fit in better with the digital age? A video resume is where it’s really at since it shows off your tech-savvy skills, your adaptability and can help you stand out from the paper resume drones.
Visibility is one of the most important aspects of the video resume since your skills, capabilities, and personality are immediately visible, according to Undercover Recruiter. This is, in a way, like an initial interview with an employer. It’s a great way to get in the front of the line and really show why you are the right candidate.
On the subject of interviews, a video is great for not only resumes but also for interviews. A video interview is becoming more and more prevalent in our tech-heavy world. Just like a traditional interview, it’s important to make a good first impression. This means dressing appropriately, being cognizant of posture and body language and staying professional at all times.
It’s important to know the type of video interview you will have beforehand to help you prepare properly. With a conversation interview, it will be similar to a traditional question-and-answer interview. With a one-way interview, the questions are sent ahead of time and you will record your answers and submit.
Regardless of the interview, you should prepare in advance. For example, rehearse with a friend and get feedback and rehearse alone so that you can feel comfortable. When it’s time for your interview, have all of your needed equipment and tools ready to go.
No matter where you fall on the scale of tech knowledge, it’s important to be flexible, especially when it comes to job searching in the digital age. There are lots of important tips to keep in mind that can help you successfully navigate the bumpy tech terrain and land the job of your dreams. All you have to do is be open to the information and ready to implement for a brighter future.
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Dave Landry Jr. is a personal finance manager and blogger who writes about personal finance topics to help readers with money matters. He is passionate about sharing his educational expertise with clients. Dave lives in Southern California with his wife of eight years and three wonderful children. Twitter: @DaveLandryJr