How is Technology Benefiting Us?

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After I read Jodi Sonoda's great article, I couldn't help but thinking that I was pondering the exact same questions. I recently noticed that my local library had changed its hours, presumably due to lack of funding. I also read a newspaper article that said some schools are allowing students to use e-readers in class, something that I found surprising given that when I was in school many teachers thought we were cheating by using graphing calculators. Has the tide turned for the newer generation?

I'm learning that technology can help us in the job search in ways never realized. For example, on CollegeJobBank.com you can get a free career consultation online. It wasn't too long ago that one had to seek a recruiter or college for this information. I think this is a great resource because you can seek this information while doing classwork or a job search. There was a time when this information was only available by seeking a recruiter or making an appointment with career services, but now students get the best of both worlds.

So, how is technology benefiting us? This article sums up the pros and cons fairly nicely. For everything we've gained recently, there is something that is lost. For those who are technologically-challenged, the job search might appear daunting. Most human resources professionals do everything electronically and expect candidates to be computer-savvy. Perhaps recent college graduates have an upper hand compared to older workers who have been laid-off, at least where technology is concerned.

Whatever your view point, I encourage you to explore the ways that technology is improving the job search. If you have acquired a computer skill, put it to good use. Start a career-seeking blog or post an e-portfolio and talk to like-minded people. Not only is this a great creative outlet, but it will give you a talking point at networking events and during interviews. When folks ask you ways you have used technology to enhance your education and career, you will have something to say.

Amy Muldoon graduated from Penn State University in 2005 and worked in corporate public relations for three years before returning to graduate school to become an English teacher. She is also a freelance writer for CollegeJobBank.Com. Her strengths include: drafting speeches, writing talking points for media interviews, making corporate presentations, and writing for publications. Read more of her blogs at collegejobbankblog.com. Find jobs and other information at Nexxt.
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