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Dragged kicking and screaming, maybe. But online job search and the use of social networks in order to find employment is no longer just the preserve of Generation Y.
‘It was mainly a trust thing’, says James Brookner, CEO of social networking job website Jobvidi, ‘Experienced professionals were used to dealing face-to-face with recruiters when considering a career move, or trying to gauge where the market was at’. But that’s all changed, Brookner says, as Gen X has had to overcome its fears and embrace new technologies in order to stay in the game.
‘The depressed employment market and the fierce competition for jobs these days has meant that jobseekers who had previously relied on personal connections to get a job have needed to familiarise themselves with online job search tools too. They have had to understand that new job search technologies are an essential part of their strategy’, Brookner added.
‘Gen X’s engagement with online job technologies not only indicates that more seasoned professionals are now better able to cope with these tools, but is a reflection of the challenging economic climate’, says Brookner, ‘It’s a case of evolve, or die’.
What do you think? Are you part of the ‘older generation’, if so I’d love to hear your thoughts?