In the beginning of 2008 the United States unemployment rate was 5.0%, by the end of 2008 the unemployment rate was 7.3% and by the end of 2009 it was 9.9%. Although these percentages do not seem monumental, when the United States’ population is taken into account, the numbers get significant. Based on the United States population, 7,175,885 more people were unemployed at the end of 2008 than at the beginning and in two years at the end of 2009 there were 15,287,755 more people unemployed. (http://data.bls.gov/)
With the unemployment rate fluctuating only slightly (9.1% July 2011), it seems like it will be a little while before we are where we want to be. Although there are higher layoffs and unemployment in different industries, just about everyone is affected. A combination of developed technology and the high rate of unemployment have caused the landscape of how to find a job to change. Rarely do the job searchers now look in the newspaper classifieds or go around searching for help wanted signs, it has been transitioned to an online world.
Have you been to a career fair recently? Even with the online transition, career fairs exist but there is a big difference. As you hand your resume to the representative, they will take it and put it in the pile of the dozens of other potential candidates that handed in their resume and then they will tell you to apply online. Of course this is not true for all the participants at a career fair but the ‘apply online’ request is a frequent one. The fact is, companies now accept online applications, and sometimes only online applications.
The job searching and posting landscape has turned into a pool of candidates going to websites such as simplyhired, monster and sites such as academickeys.com which include more specific job postings. This new methodology has made it vastly easier for job posters and job searches to find a job or a candidate. For job posters, they simply go to the website, post their jobs, and see their applicants roll in. For job seekers, it allows them to apply to possibly dozens of jobs per day; the only downside is there are now more applicants competing for the same job. Overall, it’s a numbers game, the more jobs you apply for, the more likely you will get an interview. With these new avenues, you can now apply for more and more positions. Any advice to readers is appreciated, please comment below!