I read an article on the BBC website the other day which I felt nicely summed up the increasing move away from the traditional job hunt, namely:
- Flick through the jobs section of the newspaper
- Circle the jobs that interest you
- Fire of a CV
- Wait and, maybe, hope
Now job seekers are able to be much more proactive in how they court prospective employers.
New, technically elaborate CVs utilising images, video and sound are becoming more and more common. A casual search on You Tube or Google Videos will turn up dozens if not hundreds of so called VCVs or ‘Video Curriculum Vitaes’.
Many job seekers find this to be a much better way of presenting themselves as it allows them to project their character and personality in a way that the traditional print CV does not. It’s also an excellent way to demonstrate technical skills and a willingness to embrace modern technology and techniques, something very desirable in today’s constantly changing world.
I wonder where this trend will go, in five years time will HR be buying in special glasses to experience a candidate’s 3d CV?
The other thing the BBC touched on was the increase in professional social networking, the prevalence of sites like LinkedIn in helping job seekers identify companies they believe match their skills and personalities as well as vice versa. Integrated profile information and references allow for a very powerful tool, both for presenting yourself to an employer and for identifying potential recruits for your own business.
Given the horror stories you sometimes hear about candidates having their job prospects torpedoed by inadvisable Facebook photos i can only think the increasing development of the professional social network is a good thing.
Given how profoundly the changing world is effecting recruitment at the moment I can only watch the future with great interest.