Job hunters need digital proficiency

Do you have an electronic resume? It could help your job search, particularly if it isn't just a PDF of your paper resume.

Digital formats can give potential employers far more information than anything you could provide on a typed sheet of words.

Online, you can create links to portfolios that illustrate your work. You can include a video that conveys your presentation style, assuming it's dynamic and worth watching. You can add eye-catching color.

Using technology will help convince prospective employers that you're not a dinosaur. Furthermore, most midsize to large businesses are using applicant-tracking software and online hiring processes that are more likely to find and click on your posted resume.

Also, many employers use LinkedIn to search for candidates. In fact, LinkedIn's "apply now" function, built into some employers' job listings, may be the only place where those employers swim through the applicant pool.

Even without an electronic resume, you're probably using online application forms required by employers. Now, be prepared for a possible next step: a video interview.

It makes sense to practice your on-screen delivery. Ask someone with a smartphone or video camera — Skype will work, too — to record your answer to sample interview questions or as you give an introductory speech. Based on what you see, would you hire you?

Remember, too, that your digital footprint is a big deal. Many employers scour the Web to find information about you — your credit scores, Facebook postings, group memberships and other profiles. Search your name and see what you find. Are you hirable?

Finally, reassess your email address. Make sure it's a version of your name and not something sketchy, cutesy or detrimental, like olddogaol.com.

Job hunters need digital proficiency 01/10/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 10, 2014 7:31pm]

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