In the old days, hiring up, training and managing the personnel at your business involved a series of meetings, (with travel time and expense always a factor) arranging time for one on one conversations, renting space for groups to get together, and lengthy follow ups involving more “face time” for decision makers to get together with employees. Today? It’s a different scenario, due to the massive changes the new communication technologies have brought to the workplace.
Personal computers and cell phone technology, along with the Internet, have brought a revolution in communications that is impacting our society and our workplace at every level.
Today a great part of work communication is done via email. Job seekers are using email and online job application boards to make initial contact with potential employers. Many people are using phones like the blackberry smart phone to get instant access to their e-mail in order to keep up with the work force. Those who are hiring often ask jobseekers to post their LinkedIn page, in lieu of sending a resume. Smart job applicants now know that social media is a critical part of the professional networking process. The old days of dusting off the resume and sending it out via “snail mail” are long gone.
The transition to the new technology has been a huge one for those who’ve been in the workforce awhile. It’s not been a matter of “choosing” whether to opt into the Internet communications world—it’s a done deal. Learn it or face becoming obsolete. Younger workers are learning as they go, growing up with the new technology as it evolves.
How can we all keep up? Stay connected. Check out our updates on developments here at Technology in Transit. Stay open to change and ride the wave!