It’s strange to think about how only 10 or 15 years ago there were very few ways a person searched for a job. What might have been a weekend spent at your local library 20 years ago can now be down with a quick Google search, job search engine, or mobile app. If there’s a scene in an older movie where a person opens up a newspaper and begins circling job listings to pursue, a kid today probably won’t know what is happening. Even me, I’m almost 28 years old and I’ve never used a newspaper to find a job, but have things really changed that much?
The internet has replaced print media for traditional job searching, but now word of mouth has become the dominant force in spreading the word about job openings. How is this possible you might ask? Well, social media is like telling a friend about a job opening x 1000 (or however many Twitter followers or Facebook friends you have). Now you can not only hear about job openings from all over the world through social media, you can learn more detailed things about companies then ever before. You can read a company’s blog or Twitter feed to learn about corporate culture or ongoing projects, you can search Twitter to see what employees or customers might be saying about this company, or you can do a search on LinkedIn and check out the job descriptions or backgrounds on some current employees. It’s also great for companies, now job openings can be easily spread around the internet making it easier to pick the best candidates from around the country.
Speaking of companies spreading job openings around the internet via social media…
Check out the latest job openings at Tyndale (click the links for more details):