With Skype interviews, online CVs and social media, keeping up to date with new ways of job hunting can be overwhelming. “I was invited to a Skype interview recently and when the connection broke I completely froze and didn’t know how to deal with it,” says recent graduate Stuart Bell*.
Likewise, University of Surrey graduate Sophia Brown* was surprised to find her interviewer had looked at her social media account. “She asked me questions about things I’d mentioned on Twitter – which I hadn’t even considered preparing for.”
And it pays to get familiar with new technologies – 42% of companies are now using video interviews to recruit roles, while 45% of employers now use social media to screen job candidates. Jobseekers are also increasingly using online profiles to find jobs, with 34% using Twitter to make first contact with employers.
So, how should you prepare for 21st-century job hunting? If you would like to find out – join us on Wednesday 25 November from 1–3pm BST for a live chat with the experts. We’ll be discussing:
- What new ways of job hunting are available
- How these new technologies can be used to help your job hunt
- Preparing for Skype and online interviews
The Q&A will take place in the comments section below this article. Taking part is easier than ever: create a free Guardian account, or log in using your Twitter or Facebook profiles to comment. Alternatively, you can tweet us @GuardianCareers or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, who can post them for you.
*Stuart Bell and Sophia Brown are pseudonyms to protect their identities
Zoe Amar is the founder and director of Zoe Amar, a marketing consultancy specialising in digital communications. Amar writes for The Guardian about social media and digital campaigns and is the co-founder of the social chief executives’ awards – which recognises nonprofit leaders with good social media presences. She is also an associate lecturer in social media at Anglia Ruskin University.
Katherine Burik is founder of The Interview Doctor, a consultancy that helps people and businesses prepare for interviews. Katherine is also a bestselling author of Tell Me About Yourself: Secrets to Strategic Job Interviews, part of The Job Search Manifesto.
Rachel Locke is an adviser for the National Careers Service. Previously she has worked in further and higher education settings, supporting and assessing students and graduates with CVs and covering letters for job applications and interviews.
Dasha Amrom is a founder and managing director of Career Coaching Ventures – a career and business coaching consultancy. Career Coaching Ventures provides CV and cover letter advice and career coaching.
Lydia Fairman is an HR and resourcing specialist, who owns HR and recruitment consultancy, Fairman Consulting. Lydia also offers free CV advice, interview guidance and careers blogs to help job seekers succeed.
Jon Gregory is a job search, application and interview specialist. He’s the author of Winning That Job, a guide for students and graduates, editor of win-that-job.com and is a regional ambassador for National Careers Week.
Steve Girdler is managing director for HireRight. A specialist in the resourcing, HR solutions and professional services industries, he has also worked for KPMG, Manpower, Kelly Services and Adecco.
Andrew Fennell is the director of StandOut CV, a London-based CV writing service. Fennell has previously worked as a recruitment consultant across multiple industries.