10 tips for job hunting in the digital age
- February 9, 2017
- Posted by: maria
- Category: job hunting,
There was a time, not so very long ago for most of us, when job hunting involved scanning newspaper advertisements or actually knocking on the door of a desired employer. It involved selecting just the right heavy parchment on which to print your curriculum vitae (CV), complete with your credentials and long list of experience. And it involved carefully folding that parchment, putting it in an envelope and sending it off, with all your hopes and dreams, at the nearest post office.
My…how things have changed. The digital age in which we live has forever altered the means in which we seek employment. As job seeker, we have gained much more control over our search, a great deal more flexibility in presenting all sides of ourselves and a much broader overview of the jobs available. As an employer, we are able to access a global talent pool, see beyond the cover letter and even target potential candidates who are suitable for positions.
Today you are competing with people from all over the world. Thanks to the internet, location is no longer a factor when hiring, which means that you need to seize all the opportunities our digital world has to offer in order to stand out. In Telenor, we evaluate hundreds of thousands of applicants every year, and along the way we’ve learned a thing or two about what differentiates a candidate and makes us want to talk to them. I’ve put together a list of the 10 ten things that job seekers can do to boost their chances of getting through the door.
- Don’t be afraid to tweak and adjust your resume every time you apply for a job, in fact you’d better! Whenever we create a job ad, the manager for that position is involved in creating the mandate. That means that he or she is actually describing the person they want to hire. This is your biggest clue of all, so really read that description and think about how you are relevant and modify your application accordingly. Don’t think of your CV as “one size fits all”; instead customize it for the job you seek.
- Make sure you include every software program you know. Even if you think it’s not relevant, companies are always interested in tech savvy people. So, list everything you are familiar with, even if it’s a program you learned in secondary school. You just never know what will grab their attention.
- Google yourself. Because they will Google you. Get ahead and find out what they will uncover about you on the internet. If some strange images come up in the search, you know what you’ve got to do. And remember, that it is possible to make certain search results appear higher on the results list.
Author: Jon Erik Haug
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