For the average person, searching for a job is something that we just have to do. Often times a humbling experience, the search always puts us on the lookout for anything to help us expedite the process. Recruiters don’t have a good time either.
Thankfully, technology has changed the ways of the job search and has taken advantage of trends in the mobile market. Recruiters now decide whether or not to invite a job candidate for an interview based on what they discover on his or her social profiles and job seekers have more resources than ever available to them. Below are major trends and aspects of the search that have been streamlined thanks to tech:
Simply put, the day when you can log into Facebook in order to find a job has come. In fact, it might just yet be one of the quickest ways yet. Although employers will still state that referrals are still the most desirable way of getting to know employees, US companies use social networks as their most expedient way to find their talent.
LinkedIn was intended for connecting employers to recruiters but the engaging natures of Facebook and Twitter have better positioned these platforms for connecting seekers to recruiters. Now trending as a result of this are workshops that focus on the “best practices” for recruiting through social media. Recruiting through this route is also more cost effective than the traditional hiring procedures of paying for advertising or printed flyers.
The social media information out there also has its uses for assessing or weeding-out applicants before they even meet with recruiters for the first time. Recruiters no longer see the job applicant for the first time when they first meet them in person. First impressions matter and many a time online profiles say more about a prospective employee than 100 fine printed words on a resume ever could.
There’s also room out there for virtual resumes thanks to tech. LinkedIn for example, allows everyone to showcase their achievements on their profiles. An online version of a resume is more useful because it actually can feature links to projects, video blogs, portfolios, multimedia and even show who your prospective employee or recruiter is connected to. Richer and more engaging presentations of a person could be a good thing… or a bad thing, depending on who we’re talking about.
Efficient Job Applications
Long gone are the days when it is necessary to physically arrive at a location to ask for job opportunities. Tech today allows users to scroll through job boards to find something they deem fit.
There even exist providers that focus on even making this process easier, like ZipRecruiter. Lolay had the privilege of collaborating with ZipRecruiter to make their first mobile apps (iOS and Android), whose function was to return matches to not only provide potential job matches near home, but search results that would be best suited for the job seekers.
Those wishing to freelance can also benefit from mobile apps as there are now tools that allow freelancers to match up for temporary projects, as well as send over their cover letters and resumes. Tools like these keep online job searches from feeling impersonal and static.
Users like to be targeted personally and effective tech tools that keep recruiters from receiving irrelevant applications (and job seekers from receiving pointless emails) are appreciated. On that note (once a job offer is made) there are also solutions to expedite the cumbersome hiring process.
There are some mobile apps that simply create jobs for users. We all know them, and they are usually in the category of driving and courier services. Uber, Postmates, DoorDash, and TaskRabbit are just a few amongst the many tools out there used to generate employment.
The control that these apps provide their users with over their shifts (users can log in for a shift at anytime and clock-out whenever they feel like they’ve worked enough) is an ability that was unimaginable just a few years ago. For somebody struggling with job transitions or in need of extra income, tech and mobile have certainly come to the rescue.
As job seekers move away from more traditional forms of job placement, and as recruiters become more accustomed to using tech to hire in this faster and more efficient economy, employment-related tech will continue to be integrated into the job models of tomorrow. People will finally be able to search for the opportunities that they need in an easier way.
Lolay is excited to continue to grow the role technology has rightfully gained in streamlining employment. We can’t wait to see what new places tech will take us in the next year. Don’t forget to check out our Year in Review and to sign up for our email for more fun and useful insights!