Meg Molenaar – Learning Area Leader – Cross Disciplinary Studies

As the world becomes even more digital, we are seeing significant changes to the way people apply and interview for jobs. We need to be aware of the changing ways businesses are looking for candidates, hiring candidates and using technology to streamline the process.

In Workplace Practices, we are always monitoring the changes occurring in the ‘real world’. As we have a task centred around applying for work and undertaking a ‘mock interview’ we need to ensure our activities mirror the changing ways people are advertising for candidates and candidates are applying for work.

Many large corporations no longer ask applicants to send in paper resumes and application letters and sometimes they also don’t even want you to send them in via email.

They have online applications that look for key words to streamline the process for them.
State of the art Artificial Intelligence (AI) software can quickly and efficiently analyse resumes and applications. This sophisticated technology automatically picks out details such as key skills, job history and even (if appropriate) whether a candidate is willing to relocate or not.

Combining this intelligent software with hands-on training and excellent analytical skills, recruiters are equipped with all of the tools to find the most appropriate candidates – without needing the actual copy of your resume.
With more people browsing and applying for jobs on their mobile devices, most job boards and application forms are now optimised for this platform.

For example, services such as ‘LinkedIn Apply’ allow users to simply read a job description, click apply, and their resume is sent to the company in the requested format.

Mobile technology is also being used to make the job hunting process less daunting and labour intensive. New job hunting apps have the functionality that allows you to quickly and easily tailor job applications anywhere, at any time, from the palm of your hand.

For example, on the SEEK mobile app, you can:

  • Upload up to 10 tailored resumes to pick and choose from. For example, order your previous experience so that most relevant roles appear at the start of your resume or list your interests with an eye on how they fit in with the specific roles you’re applying for.
    Tailor your cover letter right in the app or upload different versions from cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive
  • The traditional Portfolio is quickly being replaced with sophisticated ePortfolios. People can now put together copies of their certifications, qualifications, job history and samples of their work in visually appealing websites that can easily be accessed by potential employees.
    Add to this social media websites such as LinkedIn, that are tailored to business and the need to carry around a paper resume and portfolio is quickly diminishing.

It’s important to remember however, that despite the rapidly changing technology, in many cases the old rules still apply. There’s no substitute for a perfectly crafted resume that clearly demonstrates your suitability for a role. The technology just enhances the ability for you to do that more conveniently.