Just as modern jobs are changing, so are the ways modern job seekers are seeking to get hired in 2019. The days of perusing newspaper ads and job seekers wearing out shoes going door to door seeking employment are almost completely gone.
Remote Jobs Are a Burgeoning Trend
For people with specialized skills such as programming, writing or even acting as a help desk assistant, working remotely has become an increasing trend. Job seekers who have no desire to travel to another country could find themselves working for an employer who is in a completely different time zone. Such is the power of the Internet. It has been estimated that 50% of UK workforce will work remotely by 2020.
International Job Boards, Local Job Boards and Specialist Job Boards
Nearly everyone is familiar with Monster, CareerBuilder or Dice. They make it easy to search for jobs that match qualifications, to create and send resumes, and much more besides. They provide information about creating resumes, cover letters, and the right way to approach employers. If you have a specialized skill, such as teaching, you might have access to a local job board through your college or university. LinkedIn offers ways to network if you need to look a little farther afield.
Job interviews are often via telephone or an Internet communication applications such as Skype. Job seekers are now using online software that allows them to submit their work and track how it is progressing.
Not only is it possible to do many jobs from home, rather than commuting to a workplace, but job opportunities are increased exponentially thanks to online access. While computers are automating some types of jobs, they are also creating enormous opportunities for people who can create original, one-of-a-kind products. Writers, artists, gardeners, speakers and more find that their skills are more in demand than ever before.
Verifying Companies, Employers, Salary
Thanks to various online watchdog companies as well as business bureaus, it is easy to check up on a prospective employer to quickly learn how much they normally pay for a position. Indeed, a job seeker can plug the desired salary for a certain type of position into a search engine and quickly discover if there is anyone hiring your skill set at your price.
Distance brings the potential for anonymity, leveling the playing field for all kinds of barriers to equality in the workplace. If a job seeker doesn’t meets with an employer face to face, the only thing that truly matters is your skill in your chosen field.
Even jobs that require a job seeker to remain personally present, and requires relocation, the job search often begins online. A growing trend with job seekers in these cases is to check out the veracity of a position before they invest in an airplane or train tickets.
Webinars, Seminars and Interview Bootcamps
There are even better ways to prepare resumes, to get ready for interviews and to pass the interview to land the job that job seekers truly want. Resume writing workshops, interview bootcamps, and even coaching on the right kind of clothing, makeup and hairstyles to wear when dressing for success can make a huge difference in whether they get the job or not. The amount of free information available on internet helps as well in terms of resume examples, job advice and career guidance is helping the modern job seeker move with far more agility and understanding than ever before.
With that said, one of your most important tools in the online world is your resume. It can serve as a foot in the door. It can also act as a prompt for important dates when you are filling out online applications. While one would not think it likely that you would forget graduation dates, employment times and so on, these things do become a bit blurred with the mists of time.
Social Media Recruiting
Social media plays a huge role in modern recruiting for work positions. Not only do employers keep an eye on Facebook and similar platforms for those moments of youthful folly, but they also turn to media boards such as LinkedIn, or ZipRecruiter to look for potential employees.
Their influence is deeply felt as workers develop an online persona by responding to connections, recommending or verifying others for certain skills or abilities. It is almost as if the office gossip that used to be exchanged at the water cooler has now gone global. Your online reputation has now become more important than ever.