I had the opportunity, a few days back, to participate in a discussion with a few individuals who were currently unemployed. The general feeling was that in today’s economy it was hard to locate work because “Everything is now done with the computer“. I couldn’t talk long but I left my card with the group and promised I would write about it.
So, I explained, “Welcome to Job Hunting 2.0″. Some experts may say your network just might be the most important way to find a position today but with jobs so scarce, most networks are coming up empty. Possibly the best way to find another position is to accept that, “Everything is done on the computer” and adjust accordingly.
Yes, practically all companies now hide behind a website and every website has a career page where you can browse job openings and apply for positions within that company without ever leaving your home but that also means that everyone else can do the same thing so the competition for fewer positions is intense.
I also think it is terribly time consuming to go to each individual companies website, search their job openings, write a specific cover letter for that opening you are interested in, upload your resume and cover letter and then wait… and wait… and wait, wondering if the company ever received you application. Some people even follow up with HR departments to confirm their application has been received. That’s a no-no because most HR departments are overwhelmed with applications and phone calls waste their time.
HR departments prefer to do their hiring this way. Walk-ins are now frowned upon. This is Job Hunting 2.0.