Technology to keep you employed

Applying for work is not only competitive, but also a continuously evolving skill.These five technologies may help you to secure your next role.

Social media

Social media is a great way to stay in touch with relatives and friends, but it has also become an important platform for jobseekers to raise their profiles, look for jobs and build professional networks. According to Telstra research, more than a quarter of Australian employers use social networking sites to look for potential employees.

Among the social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, employers particularly often favour LinkedIn, a business-orientated social networking service for job hunters to showcase their credentials, and to find and assess jobseekers. So having a LinkedIn profile may be worth your while.

Read more at Job Hunt.

The Google suite

With many people working from home, businesses rely on workers to know their way around popular file-transferring software so staff can immediately access information from wherever they are based.

Many businesses use the Google suite of applications for sharing organisational information online, so having skills in Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar and Google Plus is a big advantage.

Read more at Digital Trends.

Hands-free controls

If your workload increases or you need to use your time more smartly, hands-free controls can become very valuable. Voice controls and speech recognition programs are growing in both accuracy and popularity. Dragon software offers an alternative to word processing, emailing and web browsing, saving you time and helping those less adept with traditional computers. The software uses voice recognition capabilities and allows you to dictate letters, memos and other documents straight to the computer.

Read more at Nuance.

Video conferencing

The beauty of video conferencing is that meetings can be held all over the world. This means less interstate and round-the-world travel, and more scope for employees to work from home or on the go. Video conferencing also provides an alternative to the traditional phone call, allowing users to interact on a more personal level and share information quickly. Popular video-conferencing services are Skype and FaceTime.

Read more at Tech Hive.

The cloud

In a time when the world’s most valuable information is created and stored online, it’s good to know there’s a platform that can keep this information safe. Cloud-computing services, such as iCloud and Google storage, use hardware and software over the internet to store data and perform tasks. Almost anything can be stored in the cloud, from images and videos, to emails and documents. Businesses are continually looking for ways to save on software costs and implement systems that will back up information securely. Understanding how cloud computing works is becoming a must.

Read more at YourLifeChoices.

Written by ameliath