10 Ways the Job Search has Changed in the Digital Age

By Sean Ostruszka

It used to be that employers and recruiters would ask, “Do you have a resumé?” Now it’s, “Do you have a LinkedIn® profile?”

It’s a simple switch – one word to two – but that minor change can make a major impact on your career.

If you want to get ahead in your career, you have to get hired. And to get hired, you have to understand (and maximize) the modern, digital job-hunting world. To help, we spoke with DeVry’s Director of Career Services, Eric Hellige, who told us 10 things to understand and to leverage in a job search.

1. Be Noticed

The Internet has increased an employer’s candidate pool by 1,000 percent, according to Hellige. In the past, an employer may only have had their local community to mine for candidates. Now, every position is open to the world. “Applicants need to work harder than ever to stand out,” Hellige says.


2. Get LinkedIn

As we said, having a solid presence on this employment networking site has become the modern resumé, the business card of the digital space, if you will. “Many employers are looking for applicants to have a virtual presence, as it shows they understand technology and can operate in a virtual world,” Hellige says.

3.  Research Employers

Prospects used to search the yellow pages to connect with companies. Now it’s social media. These digital platforms allow candidates to research companies, interact with them and be seen by them. At the same time, Hellige reminds candidates that employers are using social media to research them, too. So anything you post online should be considered public and viewable by prospective employers.

4. Interview Via Webcam

Forget buying a whole suit. More and more companies are interviewing candidates face-to-webcam. So you can wear a sport coat and basketball shorts while you interview!

5. Apply Online

Dropping off a resume used to show initiative. Now it’s frowned upon by many employers. Instead, they’d much rather you “please apply online.” Why? Because doing so allows your application to be scanned by various technologies searching for keywords or the right experience that lets employers quickly identify the best applicants.

6.  It’s all Digital

 Who uses paper anymore? Instead of representing yourself on professional resumé paper, more applicants are creating video resumés and online portfolios to stand out.

7. Virtual Career Fairs

Career fairs are ideal places for job hunters to quickly meet with many companies. Digitization has made them even more efficient, letting candidates meet with companies from just about anywhere.

8. Working Remotely

More and more employers are hiring remote/virtual employees, Hellige says. So being able to interact virtually is a key competency for applicants, as is proving your ability to be productive outside an office setting.

9. Mobile Job Alerts

Digital job boards are massive, meaning there is always the chance you might miss a job posting. Make sure that doesn’t happen by letting the job sites alert you when something might be of interest. Set up keyword searches so you can get alerts to your phone and never miss an opportunity.  

10. Good Email Address

Almost everyone has an email address, but did you realize it can act as your first impression to an employer? CrazyDude38 may make your friends laugh, but it probably won’t have the same effect on an employer. Be sure to create a professional-looking email address.