Get with the times

Jun 15th, 2009 | By admin | Category: Job Hunting

In today’s high-tech world, companies are searching for employees who are forward thinking and tech-savvy.  There is a lot of competition for jobs and those who are up on technology are going to benefit. Being web-conversant, having an updated resume, and having a web presence are all essential in today’s market. 

You see those crazy iPod commercials on TV and you hear about the “Facebook phenomenon.”  However, it is crucial that you understand, and are able to talk about what these technologies are and how they are important.  Do some research online. Go to an electronics store.  Recruit your technophile friends and family members to give you a crash course.  You must be able to show your potential employer that you are able to stay current, and that you’re never too old to learn new things. 

You must also keep technology in mind when creating a resume.  Try creating an electronic resume.  Use links to connect the page to a personal web site, social networking page, blog, or to any work you have done in the past.  Also link to any awards or favorable press coverage you or your company has been a part of.  Many employers today frown upon traditional resumes and e-mails.  They want to know that their employees are forward thinking and technologically efficient.

So many people today have enormous web presence. This is a great way for you to show your potential employer who you are and what you are about.  Start a blog.  Blog about news, sports, the arts, your field of work, or whatever interests you.  You could also create a Facebook or MySpace page.  These social networks are a fantastic way for you to display your attributes and accolades.  These sites are also a very beneficial way to network, especially when searching for a job.    

            You may not be a technology whiz kid yet, but a willingness to learn is the first step.  Do your best to become familiar with a lot of the technology that you are hearing about every day.  It will aid you in your job search as well as in the workplace.

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