Job Application process moves forward with technology

4 years 10 months 1 hour ago Friday, June 05 2015 Jun 5, 2015 Friday, June 05, 2015 4:49:35 PM CDT June 05, 2015 in News
By: Yoshi Haynie, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - As college students get ready to move on to the real world, the newly transformed job market might cause a problem.

As technology has progressed, the job search process has changed as well. Students now must pay attention to every little detail with hopes of staying marketable.

MU Executive Director of Business Career Services Matthew Reiske said while applying for a job, newly graduated students must structure their résumés and applications to reflect each individual job they apply for. 

"More and more employers are directing students to online portals for résumé submission," Reiske said. "So we have to make certain our students have a résumé in place that's going to be readable through any online technology and that they're going to be competitive in the job hunt." 

Reiske also said the new application process for students is extremely tedious, where a single mispelling or an unreadable font could exclude a student from a potential job. He said the online portal looks over the résumé for keywords and words that reflect the job's mission. Once students clear this part, Reiske said their applications are reviewed by the employer for a mere 15-20 seconds. This leaves the applicant a very small window to wow their hopeful employer.

But some students say technology has made the application process much quicker. Certain smartphone apps are geared to help applicants apply to their desired job.

"One of the benefits of using LinkedIn is it's like a walking résumé," MU senior Taylor Pecko-Reid said. "I have the opportunity to show people my profile and they'll be able to get a gist of who I am, what I'm interested in, some of the projects I've worked on and so forth." 

Pecko-Reid also said the app makes her life easier by offering similar job suggestions to her based off past jobs she applied for, and despite the added school workload, she hopes an interview is in her future.

"I move back home this weekend and have applied for about 30 jobs, now it's time to wait," Pecko-Reid said.

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