High-Tech Job Search Tools: What You Should Know
By: Christine Dixon
The way that we find jobs is radically different now than it was 20 years ago. It’s radically different than it was 5 years ago, actually. It’s all because we have better tools at the ready – and all you need to access them is an Internet connection.
So, what kind of tools are out there to use when you’re job searching?
Resumes. The art of filling out a resume is getting more and more creative now that you can throw in different types of tech tools. Applying for a marketing company? Link to campaigns you’ve contributed to. Trying to land a writing job? Show off some of your published work.
Tech-savvy resumes are a chance for you to show off what you can do. Make a website. Embed a video. Applying to a video game company? Why not make your resume look like a video game case? You have all the tools you need to do it with just an Internet connection.
Skype. Your primary use of any video chat platform is just that – to chat over a video connection. But you’re probably using it more often to communicate with family and friends. Now, Skype is used by countless companies not only for video conferencing between colleagues, but also to interview prospective employees.
Skype interviews have become so common that there is an endless amount of literature online to help you prepare for an interview over the Internet.
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Apps. Just about everyone is walking around with a smartphone – which is a very smart idea if you want to use your phone to help you find jobs. Job search apps are available for download, and many are free. Whether you go with the standard careerbuilder.com app or try out Monster’s app BeKnown, you have a great way to look for jobs even when you’re on the go.
eBuses. Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati is changing the way you commute – and look for jobs. The bank is providing job hunting tools on what they are calling “eBuses.” These city buses will come with all the high-tech tools you need to access job search software. Americanbanker.com says the buses also give passengers access to software that helps hopeful applicants prepare for job interviews and smooth out their resumes.
How are they doing it? With a simple satellite Internet connection.
Whether you’re using satellite Internet, have DSL Internet service or use Wi-Fi on your phone – if you have Internet access you have the ability to find more jobs in less time.
Of course, don’t underestimate social media staples like LinkedIn, Jobster and even Facebook to explore career opportunities.
Christine Dixon is a freelance tech copywriter and public relations specialist who specializes in issues related to career development and transformation. You can contact her directly via email.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.