Job Hunting in the Digital Age

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Job Hunting in the Digital Age


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Although the business of hiring is still largely a manual process, employers are experimenting with increasingly sophisticated technology. Some companies are setting loose automated recruiters that crawl the Web for the perfect hire, based on an algorithm. Others are asking job candidates to answer their first round of interview questions via video -- perhaps not a huge ask for members of the YouTube generation.

Use Keywords

Many recruiters use tracking systems to sift through virtual piles of rAaAaAeA@sumAaAaAeA@s searching for specific qualifications -- say, software develo fluent in a programming language -- or previous jobs that illustrate leadership qualities. What does this mean for applicants?

"Make sure you are carefully reviewing the job description and aligning your experience and transferable skills based on what the organization is looking for," said Mercy Eyadiel, associate vice president of career development and corporate engagement at Wake Forest University. "If you don't, you risk not showing up in the list of potential candidates for consideration," which is often based on keyword searches. That doesn't mean regurgitating job descriptions or being untruthful, but it does require imagination. "If they are looking for project management skills, and you ran for student government and had to run big projects," Eyadiel said, "that counts."

For tech jobs, be sure to list what computer hardware and software you know so it's picked up in keyword searches. "Know the acronyms, and also spell it out," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director at the job placement agency Robert Half.

Enterprise Holdings, the car rental company, hires thousands of graduates each year as part of its management training program. It uses iCIMS, a type of talent acquisition software, to sort through volumes of candidates, generally 50,000 a month, and identify those who meet five or so minimum requirements, including a bachelor's degree, satisfactory driving record and some kind of leadership position or customer service experience. Candidates who pass the screening process are then connected with a recruiter.

Stay Current

Keep your online persona up-to-date, particularly if you add new skills. Why? Some employers maintain a pool of candidates who have applied (but were rejected) for specific jobs, so that they can reach out if a more suitable position arises.

Recruiters' software also trolls profiles on LinkedIn and other social media sites, analysts said, providing employers with updates. …

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