2019 marks Chiumento’s 25th birthday, having read the recent blogs by our Chairman, Sarah it got me thinking about how much has changed in that quarter of a century. How I’ve lived, and to a certain extent worked, through the technological revolution.
I won’t reveal my age, as apparently a lady never does, but let’s just say I had a very analogue 80s childhood. Telephones were attached to wires, and the first TV I remember didn’t have a remote control, cameras needed film and navigation required a map.
I applied for my first role with a posted CV and covering letter and certainly didn’t find it via any job board, as although they existed in the early 2000’s they weren’t as widespread. My first job gave me my first email address with my name in it and not the autogenerated number and letter combo I’d been supplied with at university.
During my career I’ve seen computers get more powerful, the internet expand at an alarming pace, smartphones arrive and take over. To put into context how quickly technology has arrived and taken over our world, my marketing degree didn’t mention the internet once. No module on email marketing, nothing about data analytics or website design. It wasn’t even considered or included.
How was the rapid technological advancement impacted recruitment and how we look and apply for jobs?
1. Where to look – it’s been a while since trade publications and newspapers dominated the world of job advertising. But the last recession impacted them even more as recruiters wanted, cheaper, quicker and easier ways to find candidates. If you’re not signed up to a variety of alerts on professional specific, generic or recruiter’s own job boards then the likelihood is you’ll miss out seeing the best roles. It isn’t necessarily a case of the more the merrier but, do your research. Look at the job boards available, which ones have the biggest range of roles and the ones that attract you the most. Narrow it down to 3 or 4 at the most and sign up to those. That way you’ll find out about vacancies as soon as they’re posted.
2. Social media – since its inception social media has gone from something for students to an integral part of everyday life, with everyone from teenagers to grandparents in their 80s having an account on one of the many networks. From a jobseeking point of view, LinkedIn is key, and while it’s not compulsory to have and maintain an account. It will put you at a disadvantage if you don’t.
LinkedIn gives you more space than a CV to expand on your career to date, enables recruiters to find you and gives you access to the latest jobs. Those that learn how to maximise its potential will put themselves ahead.
A small note of caution, social media means that those looking to hire you have greater access than ever before to information about you. From a professional point of view, ensure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date and consistent with the information on your CV. From a personal point of view, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter whatever network(s) you use, make sure your settings are set to private if you don’t want your future boss to be able to access any potentially embarrassing images or tweets from your past.
3. Adaptable CV – technology has made applying for a new job infinitely easier and quicker. Gone is the need to print a CV and post it to the recruiter/hiring manager. It can now be done with a few simple clicks of a button or taps on your smartphone. But with the ease can come laziness. It is very easy to simply click and use the same generic CV for every application. That is just lazy as it’s pretty quick and simple to amend and tailor your CV so that the most relevant parts are given prominence. A CV is given, if the stats mentioned here are to be believed, a mere 6 seconds of attention. If you don’t jump off the page as a fantastic candidate with the exact skills and experience required, then you won’t make it past the first cull. Create a master CV and use that as a base to tailor to the specific role you’re applying for. Here are our top tips for writing your CV.
4. Communication – in a relatively short period of time we’ve gone from a very limited number of communication methods, ie letters and phone calls to a myriad of ways to communicate. Email is now the go-to method of contacting people, and it sounds simple, but make sure you have a professional sounding email address and that you use an account you check regularly so you don’t miss out on any important messages.
Interviewing via video conferencing is now no longer uncommon, so make sure you are confident communicating in this way so that if it came to it, you wouldn’t be fazed or uncomfortable with the process. Here are our top tips for telephone and Skype interviews.
It’s clear to see that a lot has changed in a relatively short space of time, so what will the future hold? Automated CV screening tools and programmes have been around for a while, but their use is only going to get more widespread, meaning that CVs of will need to be written to please both human and robotic readers. AI and voice search are all predicted to work their way into the world of recruitment. Will Alexa or Siri soon start to find and apply for jobs on our behalf? Will interviews still take place face-to-face? With the growth of remote working, teams are more likely to cover a larger geographical area. Will Skype/video conferenced interviews become the norm? Only time will tell, but whatever happens, if you want to be the top of the pile when it comes to job searching, then you need to keep up with the trends and make sure you’ve got every job seeking tool and skill ready to use.