The Digital Age: How the Internet Changed the Employment Landscape
I think it’s safe to say that the internet has had a huge influence on our everyday lives, the reliance that society as a whole has on the internet really is staggering with almost every aspect of day to day life involving the internet in some way no matter how small. Within the digital age, we currently live in employment and have undergone a real change from the process of applying for a job to how job opportunities are advertised to potential candidates.
Applying for a job
Gone are the days of walking into an establishment to enquire about applying for a job, candidates no longer need to apply with a printed copy of their resume as the process of application has moved into a completely online format. Job advertising web pages like Indeed and Reed have become the new normal places to find employment opportunities, simply set up your profile and create a virtual resume that can be sent off to potential employers at the push of a button. The convenience of being able to apply for multiple positions in as little as minutes has allowed the stressful process of looking for work to become a much easier process. Although the fact that everything is done online and without physical interaction limits your first impression of what you have put on your resume, the stress-free approach that has come with jobs being advertised online has made a lot of people’s lives much easier.
A huge part of the job application process is the creation of a resume or CV, this allows employers to gain an insight into what you are like as a person as well as your educational and employment history. With the new reliance on the internet that the employment world now has, your resume is the first impression your potential employers will see of you so you have to take the time to ensure this is done effectively.
Particularly with those who are new to job hunting, it can be very difficult to know how to write a resume effectively, my advice would be to take advantage of the wide range of online tools that are out there to help with building your resume, such as Grammarly and CV builder. Using these tools ensures things like your grammar and punctuation are in order and that you don’t forget any of the crucial details you need to remember.
As well as offering help to potential candidates, thanks to the involvement of the internet businesses can now find advice and even conduct background checks on potential candidates to make an informed decision about whether or not the candidate would be suitable for the role. Services like http://www.kyshrm.org/employment-background-check/ offer help and advice surrounding how to ethically conduct a background check on an individual, with advice like this being freely offered I’m sure we can all agree that the internet’s involvement with the employment process is a good thing.