Jeremy Fisher, director of Creighton’s Career Center, says finding a job has never been easier in the digital age, but the strategies used by job seekers and employers during the hiring process have changed dramatically.
For starters, Fisher says to take a close look at your own digital footprint.
“We certainly encourage students to Google themselves or search themselves to see what they find,” Fisher says. “In many cases, students, if they allow us to do that, we’ll do that with them and see,
‘Here’s what I found about you that you might want to clean up.'”
While students may have done in-person interviews before, they may need to brush up on their skills for online interaction.
“We often have students practice mock interviews over Skype,” Fisher says. “We do a variety of phone interview practice mock interviews. At Creighton, so many of our students are coming from outside of Nebraska. Not all of them stay here, so they have to do phone interviews for first round interviews, screening interviews or Skype interviews if they’re applying with companies outside of the area.”
“We certainly encourage an online presence and social media presence to not only learn about companies and cultures and follow them on Twitter and Linkedin,” Fisher says, “but getting a sense of what those company cultures are like in terms of what is being put out by companies and industries they’re interested in.”
Fisher suggests students also become familiar with using the Artificial Intelligence software called “Handshake” to link prospective employees with employers who are hiring.