Over 50 million users have got connected to the internet in just 5 years! Television took 13 odd years to do so!! which poses the question…imagine life without the internet?
The internet has become the centre of life as we know it, with people who use social networking sites such as, Facebook and Twitter, spending 10% of their entire life time on these sites and everything we do being done on-line.
Job hunting, today is primarily done on the internet, it however, can still be a tough task in finding the right job. From creating a CV, creating a cover letter and getting it out there to as many companies as possible…it is hard, we know. Luckily, here at Wits N Skills we make it a lot easier for you and by uploading your CV here, we do a lot of the hard work for you.
But can you imagine how difficult it was 25 years ago when there was no internet? No handy little upload CV button which gets your CV out to various companies? It doesn’t sound easy so let’s take the time machine back 25 years and find out how it would have been done then.
Newspapers / Classifieds - Your local newspaper is and was a great source of local news and going ons but is a dying art these days as everything is available online! But before the days of the internet the local newspaper was your best (and one of the only) ways to find a job! You would wait until the newspaper came out every week, decide which jobs you would want to apply for and call them up to arrange to get an application form! There was also a limited amount of jobs in these local papers too which made it even harder – not like today where you have hundreds and thousands of jobs at your finger tips.
CV’s - A CV is a almost a requirement in job seeking today but 25 years ago, it was highly unlikely you would have or need a CV as it was difficult to have many copies of unlike today where you can type up, email and print as many as you need. It was more common to go to the workplace and ask for an application form which you would then fill in and return to the company.
Due to the lack of technology 25 years ago, word of mouth was one of the best ways to find a job. Word of mouth is one of the oldest forms of advertising and still do this day, 55% of all adults get local news and information via word of mouth once a week. A local newspaper would only come out every week or so, therefore knowing the right people who could get you into a job became a huge advantage.
The internet has become something which we depend on on a day to day basis and we tend to take for granted how easy it has made things. So next time you struggle with job seeking and get annoyed about how many e-mails you have to send out. Think about how difficult it would have been 25 years ago!