These days, technology is everywhere. From smartphones to social networks, there’s no escaping it. Technology can also be a job hunter’s best friend, but only if you use it correctly. The way you use technology shows your skills, style and manners to future employers. GetFive offers their tips on when and how to use your devices to enhance your job search:
Start with the basics
They’ve been around for a while, but LinkedIn and Twitter are great tools for connecting with influential people. These platforms are all about conversation and making connections, allowing you to establish and cultivate relationships. Just remember that your LinkedIn profile should be more than a copy resume. Use it as an opportunity to expand on the things you don’t have in your resume.
Use a company’s product to get noticed
If you’re interested in working for a specific company, go straight to the source. Post a video cover letter featuring one of their products. For example, one job searcher used Snapchat video to talk about his qualifications for a job opening at Snapchat. The video went viral and received over a million views on YouTube.
Keep your search private
It’s always a tough balance when you’re trying to keep your job search private. You want to get your name out there, but you don’t want your current employer to find out you’re looking elsewhere. This is where Switch comes in. This new mobile app allows you to anonymously choose jobs you like, and if the employer likes your qualifications, you two can chat. The app sends you personalized and relevant job postings so you won’t waste any time.
Save time with video interviewing
More and more companies are adopting video and mobile interview tactics to save time. Soon, you might not even have a choice. These types of interviews are also helpful for those interviewing from far away. In fact, six out of ten companies use video interviewing as part of their hiring efforts. As a job seeker, you can participate in interviews like this from almost anywhere.
Get the right alerts
Google alerts keep you in the know about the companies you want to work for. Use Google to help you focus on employers with stellar reputations. You can set up an “everything” alert for a certain company that will show you the new items topping the search results. You can also set up an alert to learn about jobs in your specific location. For more on Google job alerts, check out this post.