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Finding Jobs Through Technology

In the final of our three-part series on the changing IT landscape and its effects on the job market, we’re looking at how to find those jobs once you have identified up-and-coming skills and specialties and have put in the work to build up your resume to meet modern-day standards. 

With information technology evolving into new forms and creating new employment opportunities seemingly every day, continued education and training is almost a necessity in order for industry professionals to keep pace.

But when it comes to actually finding those jobs of the future, it could also come to pass that traditional job search methods might become an outdated form. More and more often, those IT jobs of the future are likely to be found — and secured — by individuals who incorporate these innovative technologies into their networking and job search strategies. It’s not only a matter of demonstrating your familiarity with modern technology. As these new platforms enter into the mainstream, they could supplant traditional job seeking and networking tools entirely.

Finding jobs through technology
In fact, many of these new technologies have already been widely adopted by the mainstream and have become billion-dollar businesses almost instantly. LinkedIn, for example, has become arguably the most popular business and professional social network, providing an unprecedented ability to make new business connections, maintain old ones, develop and maintain an online resume and reputation, and network in the interest of creating new job opportunities. Many jobs — or, at the very least, job leads — can be acquired through LinkedIn either by the job postings or by recommendations and introductions through shared colleagues.

Similarly, many businesses use social media to advertise job postings in hopes that their future employee can be plucked from their existing base of interested parties. As the line of thinking goes, a top prospect for an open IT position should already be engaged in technologies directly related to their work. By developing this familiarity before job opportunities arise, job seekers will be better positioned when a company goes to make their selection.

And with the burgeoning future currently enjoyed by cloud computing, many IT professionals are trying to get in on the ground level before the cloud really takes off and starts supplanting personal computer use on a large scale.

Using innovative strategies to get ahead
While companies like LinkedIn attempt to replicate some of the traditional methods of job searches and professional networking, several innovative tools and applications are aimed specifically at reinventing this process entirely. One company, Jobscout, attempts to turn the job search into an interactive game of sorts on a social network, letting users pile up points for activity they conduct via the website.

And a variety of mobile tools help support the job hunt. Pocket Resume, for example, is a simple resume creator and editing app that allows you to make changes to your resume from your smart phone — a valuable tool at networking get-togethers where computers are not accessible. A variety of other mobile applications produced by social media companies focus exclusively on advertising jobs within the social media industry, producing higher-quality applicants by targeting prospects specifically interested in that field.

As information technology opens up new avenues for businesses to seek out strong candidates for employment, these varied outlets serve more or less like the first phase of screening — in order to find these available positions, job seekers need to know what they’re looking for. Similarly, it takes a strong familiarity with these new technologies to understand how they operate and how specific IT skills and specialties fit in with these lines of work. While using traditional methods for finding IT positions can still be effective, IT professionals should also focus their efforts on seeking out innovative sources and job-search tools that specifically target those coveted specialties and jobs.

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