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Digital hunting grounds are transforming the way we scope out the job market

The meteoric rise of communication technology has opened up a whole new digital frontier for job hunters to explore. The process of search is shifting, infused with online platforms and empowered by tech-savvy modern generations. Employers have taken notice, and realize that social accounts may reveal much more about the candidate than arid resumes. Job hunters, on the other hand, invest a great deal of time in building profiles, reaching out to companies and enhancing their digital presence and persona.

Time to get social

These rapid developments have created a dynamic global market with plenty of openings across all industry sectors. New evidence suggests that the majority of all job searches occurs on Internet job sites. They have become global hubs of activity, places where both hirers and workers flock to get what they want. Not surprisingly, smartphone usage accounts for the largest portion of online job searches, and the millennial population is particularly keen on using their precious gadgets for this purpose. Other groups also take advantage of mobile platforms that allow them to keep in touch with the job market wherever they go.

Take the example of social media, a booming cyber galaxy that has transformed into a major force in the business, and a potent marketing tool. This has brought forth another exciting change: social networks are no longer mere instruments for wasting time; now they serve as busy go-to places for jobs. In the US, for example, 10% of all applications are submitted via social media. Facebook and Twitter make a tremendous amount of data and rich backgrounds available for employers to exploit. A bulk of companies also post job offers on LinkedIn, and this trend is expected to accelerate in 2016 and beyond.

Read: How Twitter has helped to hire

Sharing a digital platform

What is more, social media and job platforms will likely become an integral part of the process of applying for any position. Employees can already conduct research and engage in reverse reference checks, before even applying for a new position. All of this has created a more interactive and less formal environment for workers and hirers to encounter and confabulate. One can find people from the other side of the globe, who want to gain a more realistic assessment of interpersonal skills via a casual Skype chat. There are also other video platforms like Career Sushi that are growing in importance and sparking attention.

With such extraordinary opportunities, traditional resumes and job postings have lost their appeal. Nuts and bolts qualifications do not outshine talents and interest anymore. Candidates with less experience are no longer snubbed, and all it takes is a drive to learn and a determination to snatch the chance once it presents itself. This could narrow skill gaps and job descriptions tied to high-demand employment. There are also many new platforms for showcasing your skills that you may not have been aware of. This suggests that specific skills will be in the spotlight, not items like where you went to school or companies you worked for.

Read: Hiring lessons from the who’s who of business

Consequently, managers and business owners are rethinking their priorities. Even medical professions are migrating to the digital world, offering services like online doctor consultations. Companies are trying to align their hiring strategies with online habits of employees and figuring out new ways of detecting and attracting top talent. One of the consequences is that location does not play a crucial role. As a result, candidates will have to exercise greater flexibility and willingness to turn their life around in an attempt to secure a dream job. Of course, this will sometimes be redundant, as many enterprises provide remote work opportunities and harness the potential of telecommuting.

Cut a dash                                                                                             

The digital revolution has announced the advent of a new age, one in which the borders of time and space are transcended on a daily basis. Social platforms are the strong job boards of today, and smartphones serve as tremendous tools for climbing up the career ladder. From Skype interviews to social media applications, there have never been more opportunities throughout the digital and the real world. Now, the abundance of online resources poses a problem as well. One must learn how to develop ways of cutting through the noise on digital avenues and pinpointing only worthy employers.

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