Career Update: How We Are Using Technology Now

Jennifer Miller, Co-author

Depending on how old you are, you may remember when you had to sit in front of a computer at your desk to read e-mails, look up information from known resources, and visit magazine or newspaper websites for the latest headlines.  A lot has changed and continues to change!

Today, we’re connected all the time, accessing e-mails, text messages, web-based resources, and apps throughout the day.   One of the big shifts in technology involves how we take in the information we need.  In your career development, you will want a lot of information; about your career field or the one that you are exploring, organizations or companies where you might like to work, job listings, job search tools and advice, and networking contacts.  And you’re likely to do the majority of your information gathering wherever you find yourself; whether it is at home, in the library, coffee shop, etc. using your laptop, tablet or Smartphone.

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Although magazines, newspapers, and the websites of brick-and-mortar resources are useful, social media has really expanded into an excellent career resource.  For instance, two of the most common places to find current information about the world of work are Twitter and Facebook, where you can follow companies, organizations, associations, people, and more.  Now, in addition to using traditional forms of social media for your career, you might be using apps as well!  Apps are rapidly expanding to assist the internship or job seeker.  As the trend toward social media, apps, and non-stop two-way communication continues to grow, employers are spending more time and money developing their social media resources, which means they are even better and more useful.  To learn more about useful career and job search apps, check out some of these articles that suggest and review mobile apps:

As technology continues to evolve, we’ll be looking for articles, resources, and tips to help you in your career.  What technology topics would you like to learn more about for your career?