Technology in the workplace has undergone a period of rapid advancement.
The pace of progress is unlikely to slow at this point, meaning professionals must adapt in order to thrive at work.
Here are a few insights on how to prepare for technological change within the workplace:
Adapt to the challenges and opportunities of remote working
Video conferencing has drastically affected our approach to work and it’s a technology we’re likely to retain into the future. Adapting to it is crucial.
Although remote working has replaced the traditional nine-to-five with the opportunity for greater flexibility, professionals should be aware of the cybersecurity challenges it presents.
Choosing the right communication tools
Technology can lead to greater efficiency, but only when you opt to use the right type for the situation at hand. Think about what you’re trying to achieve before you reach out.
Email, text messages and WhatsApp are great for communicating fixed facts, such as confirming your attendance for a meeting or sending a document — you can send it and move on with minimal interaction. However, if you want engagement and effective collaboration, opt for technology that promotes two-way communication, such as telephone, Skype or Zoom.
Collaborating is about seeking feedback, sharing ideas and wanting to build relationships, and these types of tech will allow for that dialogue.
Technology today and beyond
Cloud-based accounting and back-office are becoming more commonplace — not just for storage reasons but also standard processes and standard ways of working.
Data modelling is helping businesses to control costs and to forecast market activity. It allows businesses to gain sufficient insight with a smaller headcount. Similarly, robotic process automation (RPA) and AI, will help to mine rich sources of complex data and extrapolate meaning from them.
Embarking on a digital recruitment process
Technology has changed the recruitment process vastly. Cultural fit is extremely important to employers and, without the ability to meet in person, they are placing more emphasis on the virtual meeting process.
Interview preparation should include finding out which video conferencing software the interviewer plans to use and ensuring that you have a good understanding of it, to prevent any added stress or delay on the day. Plan what you’ll do if you have a technical hitch and choose a professional, clean space to conduct the video call.
Demonstrating your skills remotely
Standing out in a crowded job market can feel tough, so look for ways you can showcase yourself as a top candidate. The first and most important place to start is to have tangible examples of your skills and how they were applied.
Use your personal statement and cover letter to bring relevant technical skills to the forefront and to highlight what makes you different. Adopting a growth mindset is also incredibly helpful at a time when the job market is so fierce.
The impact of AI on the job market
Artificial intelligence is steadily moving into the recruitment process as employers strive for the ideal CV now that face-to-face contact is so minimal. Jobseekers can leverage this by writing a CV that is tailored to the job advert or the job description. Look at the keywords that the employer or the recruiter is using and bring them into your application and onto your LinkedIn profile multiple times to increase the chances of AI picking it up.
Upskilling for the future of tech
There are plenty of free services that can be used to upskill for new technology, such as free trials or paid subscriptions on LinkedIn Learning, Udemy or Coursera.
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