It occurred to me last night as I was organizing ideas from a brainstorming meeting that "technology" isn't its own category any longer. It is incorporated into every function and every aspect of work today. We shouldn't look at technology as its own department or category.
The US workforce is aging. Many of these baby boomers folks didn't grow up with technology (aka computers). If they were lucky, they worked for a company that integrated computers and provided training and education.
Kids in preschools today have computers in their playrooms. They know how to use a mouse and click icons and use a keyboard. They have figured out how to use computers to play and learn.
There is a big divide in people's comfort level with computers and technology. So I say, technology is no longer just for the IT department to figure out. Technology is a component of every company and every job at every level.
You will find it very hard to apply for a job today without filling out an online application. We may find it very hard in the future to interview without Skype.
As a job seeker, have you incorporated technology as part of your search? I'm not just talking about an electronic version of your resume. Companies are using "technology based sourcing" in their quest for applicants. What this can mean is that there will be a learning curve beyond just "job search skills" you will also need to learn the technology associated with job search. Don't fall behind, begin bridging the divide today by taking on the challenge of learning about LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. One at a time. These don't replace job search skills, they are a part of job search. You'll use them to begin networking, they are simply tools used, not a replacement of the core skill of networking.
Let's take this into the job. Is there technology being used in your occupation today you are unfamiliar with? In most companies, it is a basic requirement of the job to know how to use it. Don't let this technology divide prevent you from being a candidate. Learn how to use all the technology associated with your profession. You could even go one step further and be on the cutting edge by learning about what's predicted to be the new trend for technology. You know some advancements will be coming soon.
It used to be that technology and computers were the responsibility of IT departments. Today, we are reguired to be our own IT department and must learn how to leverage technology in what we do every day.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.