Job hunting has evolved over the past decade or so. Prior to the 21st century, people were required to go to a potential employer, resume in hand, to speak about the possibility of employment. This system allowed employers the opportunity to meet employee candidates, assess them subjectively during the interview process, and assess them objectively by perusing the interviewee’s resume. In turn, the employee was able to be assessed on multiple levels, meet the person they might end up working for, and preserve their privacy along the way. While this basic system remains in place, job hunting has evolved with the growth of the Internet and many of the variables have changed.

The most notable change is the development of job listing websites like monster.com, careerbuilder.com, craigslist.org. Instead of consulting the classified section of the newspaper to arrange an interview, people are able to quick search jobs in their area, upload a resume and cover letter, and apply for the job online in moments. In many ways, this is a beneficial development. People are able to search through many more jobs than ever before, consult resume building cheat sheets, and apply to a myriad of jobs that fit their needs without ever leaving their couch. Additionally, assessment of a potential employer has never been easier. A person can Google an employer and read up on every significant thing that company has done since it’s inception without budging from their seat. Job hunting has never been easier for the potential employee.

It can also be said that assessing potential employees has never been easier as well. An employer can know pretty much anything they want to know about a candidate without ever speaking to that person or dialing up a reference. The combination of uploaded resumes, job site profiles, Facebook, Twitter, and Google searches make assessing a candidate a piece of cake. As an employer, this can be a wonderful tool. As an employee, this is a reason to be fearful. While everything on the Internet may point to your potential as a wonderful employee, it can also spell your downfall. A string of pictures that make it online from a wild night out may influence an employer’s decision to speak with you further about a job opening. There are many other examples, but suffice it to say that we now live our lives under a constant microscope and, as such, are constantly being assessed.

Assessment has become easier with the advent of the Internet, but be wary of the pitfalls. Otherwise you may find yourself as an over-informed and unemployed pauper.

 

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