3 New Ways of Applying for a Job: How the job application is going online and continuing to evolve
How job applications have changed over the last decennia. When is the last time you have applied to a job by sending a copy of your resume to the company by offline mail? We are not that generation. Our generation is the digital, online generation. On the other hand, imagine the older generation, even that generation has to adjust to the new online standard. No longer only your resume counts as representation for your job qualifications, also your social media presence can be taken into account. Is this a good thing? Currently, you can not do much without a slick resume. Some even go as far as creating a creative template, create videos or go viral by posting their resume or motivation at the Facebook page of the company.
Here are some examples of people who have done an outstanding job on marketing themselves and becoming noticed by possible future employees. It should be noted that not all of them have received a job offer. So take a good look and learn, selectively.
This girl publicly applied for a job at the Facebook page of the concerning company.
Or create your own infographic, as 22 year old Katie Briggs did. A work of art created of her own resume.
Have you already spotted this video (link)? A very cool job done of a job application through a YouTube video. Is this not what the digital era is all about?
These examples show that the days of good old job applications through merely your paper printed curriculum vitae are over, as well as that you have become your own personal brand. Currently, people have to market themselves in a highly competitive environment.
The digital revolution has come far and created many wonderful things, as connecting people globally by platforms as LinkedIn, Reddit and Facebook. Moreover, this is not the end. By far, this is not the end. This only seems to be the beginning. Perhaps in a few years from now we will apply for jobs not only through hearing and seeing each other, by using Skype for example, but also by touch and smell. Who knows.
What do you think is the future of job applications? Which online media are you already using for your job applications?
Author: Nini Truong (343320)