Career Advice

27Jul 2014

Few weeks back, my iPunch article titled ‘Fresh Graduates: Unemployed or Unemployable’ was published and I got quite a few emails and shout-out on it. I decided to do a sequel to that article and here it goes.

In my line of work as a recruiter, when I interview candidates, a question I often ask is, “What is your level of computer proficiency?” To this seemingly simple question, various shocking answers come up and the most ridiculous among them is, ‘I am good at browsing and I can chat on BBM.’

Unbelievable, right? Take it from me, when you interview people, expect the worst of answers, but never take it personal.

Back to the discussion. Is browsing the Internet and BlackBerry Messenger chats the same as computer proficiency? After all, how can you browse without a computer connected to the Internet? Follow me please. I’m trying to build a case here.

In today’s 21st century job market, it would be almost impossible to believe that job seekers would exist without having computer proficiency and hope to secure an employment opportunity. With technology changing quickly and constantly, employers worldwide are looking for tech-savvy job candidates for even non-tech related positions. The implication of this trend is that job seekers are required to have relatively strong tech backgrounds and skill sets to stay competitive.

Given the rapid pace at which technology is advancing, a smart job seeker is expected to evolve along with changing technological trend; otherwise, your job search may be dead on arrival!

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16Jul 2014

The employment landscape has significantly changed by the advent of growing technology and in recent times by the advent of social media. Despite the fact that the social media is the rave of the moment, many individuals and businesses are actually struggling to identify a return on investment for using social media to job-hunt (as job seekers) or to support their recruiting efforts (as recruiters or employers).

According to a recent Harvard Business Review publication “People may go online to goof off but before long, they talk shop. Social media sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Quora, and even Pinterest can be valuable job-hunting tools.”What’s more, most job seekers still are not sure how to leverage social media in their job search.

For many job seekers, the Internet presents two very different worlds. One consists of hanging out with friends via social networking, and the other focuses on the seriousness of a job search.Having the worlds collide could result in the playful social media environment posing problems for a job search since there is a growing number of recruiters and employers that now conduct online research to determine a candidate’s eligibility.

Job seekers need to embrace the job hunting side of social media and learn how to harness them to their benefit. Shared below are a few useful job search tips to using social media to you advantage as a job seeker:

16May 2014

Hello everyone, I took my employability campaign a notch higher as my article titled “Fresh Graduates: Unemployed or Unemployable?” was featured in The Punch Newspaper of Thursday, May 15, 2014 in both print and online. Honestly, I was greatly impressed by the number of emails and social media feedbacks I received on it. It gladdens […]

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