Technology is changing how we hire staff and find jobs in this decade. Before, there had to be physical meetings before you could isolate and recruit the best people. But now, times have changed. You do not have to meet your employee physically before you bring them into your company. Here is how technology has changed the labor sector:
Sourcing for jobs
With technology and the Internet, the first step to getting a job now mostly starts from the Internet. Most people got to know about their current job and applied for it on the Internet. In some cases, they are directed to the website to the website of the organization to apply while in other cases, they could drop their CVs on job hunt platforms like Jobber and Jobscan. Companies regularly check such platforms to check for people that meet the qualification they need. They would subsequently contact the person for an interview and if all goes well, the person will be given an employment letter and resumption date.
Social media platforms have gone beyond posting funny pictures and videos and keeping tabs on your family and friends. A lot of people position themselves by creating high-quality content and engaging with others to get their dream jobs. CEOs of multinationals, fortune 500 companies, etc, are on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. They have openings in their companies from time to time and they would likely choose someone who has the needed skills plus a good social media history for the role. In recent times, employers have taken to using social media profiles as prerequisites for hiring people. In other words, your activities on social media culminate in your digital curriculum vitae. As such, this has created a level playground for everyone; you do not necessarily need to know anyone in a company, if you can optimize your social media profiles well and you meet the requirements, you will get the job.
Due to the new normal, technology has taken a central space in the scheme of things. Almost everything we do has been digitalized, including different types of works. As such, working remotely has become the order of the day. For example, you can be in Africa and be working with a company in Asia. Technology has made productivity possible without physical meetings. Many companies rely on remote work. This is because it is cheaper to hire remote workers than having workers who would be coming to the office every day. Besides, remote work offers a large pool of talents and resources to choose from; the options are unlimited. Remote workers too have the opportunity to work for as many companies as they can as much as they can.
Creation of jobs
Asides from making it easier for employers and employees to connect, technology has also created new job profiles. For instance, before technology existed, no one was looking for tech talents. However, that has changed. There is a huge demand for tech talents since most companies are tech companies that provide one service or the other. With technology came websites, social media, etc. As such, companies need content to educate people on what they do, attract their audience, win over their trust and pockets, and establish themselves as an authority in that niche. This need has led to the rise of content strategists, copywriters, digital marketers, SEO specialists, etc. Technology has also aided buying and selling, trading of currencies, etc; this is evident in the rise of e-commerce, forex trading, cryptocurrencies, etc. Also, you do not have to go too much trouble looking for job openings; you can easily find them in online communities, websites, blogs, etc. As long as you are determined to work and have internet-enabled devices and an internet connection, you can create a job for yourself on the Internet.
The less tedious hiring process
You could imagine how tedious it would be for a CEO to profile 50 people before employing the ones they deem right for their company. However, technology has made it easier to hire people. Webcam and other video conferencing apps are used to schedule interviews. Prospective employees do not have to go through the stress of transporting themselves to the company, and employers can fix interviews at their own convenient time. Besides, video and mobile interviews allow employers to focus on qualified candidates.
Use of tech tools
Undoubtedly, employers cannot deny the positive impact of technology on their businesses. Technology provides a lot of tools that make work easier and people more productive. For instance, it is easier to create a Google form for people to register their opinions about a product than trying to contact people personally and engaging them. Also, applications like spreadsheets make record keeping easier for a company than handwriting it. Some tools make it easier to work as a team, with proper records and no skimping on quality. Therefore, tech skills are required to get jobs in the present economy. It is only expected that employers will go for candidates with tech skills.
In as much as technology has created a new normal, it has brought about an undue advantage in getting jobs.