how to use technology to land your dream job

how to use technology to land your dream job
Your dream job is out there, somewhere; you’ve just gotta find it. Whilst it’s likely that out of all those positions there are some that don’t fall into that dream category of yours, unless you’re blessed with some kind of superhuman job scouring strength, you won’t certainly even be in a position to know. Determining how to separate the wheat from the chaff in the job market can seem like a task of biblical proportions for the average job seeker, but for those willing to take advantage of the technologies available to them, finding the perfect role is more possible now than ever before.

top tip 1: use your smartphone

The average smartphone user in Malaysia spends about three hours a day on their devices, consuming data of about 323MB each time, according to findings of a study released by mobile marketing and commerce data platform Vserv. Furthermore, the study also found that also found that the majority of users spent this time on social media and on chats, while others used their phones for other purposes. Needless to say, smartphones are “indispensable to daily life”. 

So how can your smartphone help you find that once in a lifetime role?

Start by using an effective platform to search for jobs. Sites that are optimised for mobile use don’t just look like miniature versions of a website, they are fully responsive, which means jobs are easy to view no matter where you are or what device you use. Features to help you find the right jobs include those on the new Randstad website like:

  • Simplified application processes (without lengthy application forms)
  • Easy to use navigation menus
  • Buttons positioned and sized for smaller screens
  • Adapted mobile advertising, if it applies
If you’re prepared, applying directly via a mobile device is oftentimes more efficient than using a desktop computer.

top tip 2: optimise your CV

You don’t need to reinvent your CV to get the most out of it; you just need to optimise it. According to Google’s ‘The New Multi-screen World’ report, 90% of people move between devices to accomplish a goal, so having a version of your CV saved to your mobile device will greatly decrease barriers that prevent you from applying to a job ad at a minute’s notice.

Users can also use cloud technology such as Google Drive, Dropbox and We Transfer to store and send resumes. Increasingly, employers are enabling job seekers to apply through sites such as LinkedIn, which means you should ensure your CV is adaptable across multiple social platforms. If you choose to host your CV on a website, you may also wish to include keywords and a simplified bullet point structure.

top tip 3: personalised search

Lastly, make your job search even more efficient by taking advantage of the Perfect Match feature on the Randstad website. You do not have to create a myrandstad account, just tell us your perfect job and allow the technology to send you personalized alerts when we find a match.As the trend towards mobile continues to penetrate the recruitment industry, smart job seekers will get ahead by essentially automating processes. By using mobile devices, having their applications optimised for all opportunities and relying on recommended job ads based on previous user behaviour, these applicants are in a better position to find their dream job than those with no considered approach to utilizing the technology around them.

Posted: Monday, 8 May 2017 - 9:00 AM