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Employability in the Digital Age


A career refers to a series of jobs that one occupies throughout their working life. Careers seldom have a linear progression. Often, working adults find themselves in search for a job due to unemployment, discontent with a current role or a desire for a better job.


Job seekers need to be equipped for digital validity, thereby setting themselves up for success

The world of work continually transforms as a result of many impacting factors such as globalization, technological explosion, changing economies, amongst many other factors. Digitization has seen organisations adopting new ways of working, thereby utilizing online spaces for impact. As such, job seekers need to be equipped for digital validity, thereby setting themselves up for success. Employability refers to the ability to gain initial employment, maintain employment, and obtain new employment if required. In other words, employability is about being capable of getting and keeping fulfilling work. In order to enable this process, below are selected ways from a recruitment perspective, of making job seekers relevant in digital spaces:


Have an online presence and keep it clean

Stay clear of inappropriate content to establish and maintain a clean reputation.

An initial step towards establishing one’s online presence would be to create social media accounts on social networks deemed beneficial in showcasing one’s past experiences and skills. Some of the most popular social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook can be valuable, but more so, blogs and professional websites such as LinkedIn are good places where employers look for talent.

Once social media accounts are set, the following step in managing one’s online presence is to interact with different groups and professionals that are in the field of one’s interest. The simplest way to do this is to ‘like’ or follow prospective employer’s Facebook or LinkedIn accounts to stay updated with all the company’s news. It is important to take care of the nature of content one posts on social media platforms. Stay clear of inappropriate content to establish and maintain a clean reputation.


Get online public support


Platforms like LinkedIn allow for one’s connections to write them recommendations. This can give recruiters a good picture as well as demonstrate that someone else can vouch for the skills a job seeker claims to have, which gives them an edge.


Conduct research on prospective employers

Conducting online research on prospective employers and familiarising with this kind of information before an interview has many benefits.


Most companies have information such as their offering, vision, mission, history, financial performance/reports, etc on their websites. Conducting online research on prospective employers and familiarising them with this kind of information before an interview has many benefits. Not only does it boost one’s confidence and helps in answering interview questions, it also shows that one is prepared for the interview, is excited about the company, aware of its culture and ultimately increases one’s chances of having a successful job interview. Online company reviews are also valuable in assessing a company’s credibility.


Use the information available online to practice for interviews


One of the best ways to do well in an interview Is to practice, practice and practice! Identifying typical questions and practicing responding to them to breeds familiarity. One can search for common questions asked during a typical interview and prepare answers to them. It is also good practice to prepare responses to competency-based questions, such as scenarios or situations from one’s experience that can be told at the drop of a hat.


Make the most of mobile devices


Most job sites and applicant tracking systems have become mobile-ready. Make use of mobile devices such as phones and iPads to get notifications of new jobs more quickly and apply from almost anywhere at any time.


Be careful while at it– Safety tips for online job searching

Beware of job postings that ask candidates to pay a fee.

Job opportunities are commonly found through search engines, social networking platforms, and job sites. While there are many legitimate opportunities available online, there are also plenty of scams that can result in considerable stress and financial loss for unsuspecting job seekers. The following tips are useful when looking for jobs online:

  • Update your device protection.

  • Avoid passing along private information online.

  • Avoid job postings that sound too good to be true.

  • Beware of job postings that ask candidates to pay a fee.


All the best, we look forward to receiving and reviewing your job applications at DLK Group!


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