Of late I’ve been researching Human Resource trends (and teaching myself more about blogging!). I started working in an office in the 90’s (not dating myself, I swear) and at the time applying for a job was pretty simple. The process involved getting a Sunday newspaper, circling jobs you qualified for, typing out a resume (one type written page could be photocopied many times) and a separate cover letter on thick, expensive “resume” paper then putting it into an envelope (of the same paper quality as the resume) with a stamp and a mailing address as stated in the advertisement. A day or two went by; you received a call from HR and were presented with a time for an interview. You dressed in a suit and showed up in person to answer the interview questions, and within a few more days you received the call telling you that you had the job.
Flash forward to the early 21st century: the Sunday paper now just exists for coupons. Jobs sites supply the well of jobs and you are now required to apply online – tailoring your resume to the job listed – and then enter specific details into an applicant tracking system (ATS). Your other job application options include creating a stellar LinkedIn profile where recruiters may search you before you can even apply to a job and networking with professionals in your field who may know of an “unadvertised” position. You are also encouraged to create a Twitter resume, post extensively to Google+, make your whereabouts known in FourSquare, post significant details about your life in Facebook, update wiki’s and make a video for YouTube – all of these actions increase your influence in the social media world and bump you up in the search engine ranks. Your interview may be conducted by a recruiter a world away via Skype while you sit before your webcam (or just hold up your smartphone!) dressed in business casual attire. That same recruiter may send a text with a 1AM time stamp telling you that you have the job!
As you can see, so much has changed and evidently, the social media revolution has reached a new point and is transforming the working world once again.
According to a post from HRMorning.com blogger Dan Wisniewski, those looking for a working environment outside the rigid 9-5-onsite-only standard may get their wish starting in 2013. For years workers – namely Generation X and the Millennials – have wanted more control over their schedules; or at least to have hours that allow for more work-life balance. Mr. Wisniewski states that this year may see a rise in companies agreeing to offer more flextime and telecommuting options. Human Resource Departments may use video to conduct online interviews, which saves the employer and the applicant time as well as money. Lastly, the idea of using temporary or freelance workers will grow in popularity because hiring these people will allow companies to be more competitive (no benefits) and allow the workers to gain more experience and flexibility.
Wow, 2013 may be the year when everything we’ve known about applying for, obtaining, and retaining a job changes. With that, I can honestly say that I appreciate the opportunities and challenges of being social networking savvy. I especially appreciate it since I am from the generation that saw these trends just as they were beginning to rise.