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Job titles seem to remain fairly consistent, but due to advancements in technology, the Internet, and other evolutions of society, there have been a number of new job titles popping up in the last decade or so. Some are due to societal changes, others because of worldly shifts in business, or perhaps, increased social responsibility. Regardless of the variable that may cause a new job to be created, here are 10 job titles that simply did not exist 15 years ago:
- Social Media Manager: The emergence of social media as the cultural and now even commerce-driven fixture that it is today was not even possible 15 years ago. Social media was nearly non-existent until the early 2000s with the emergence of MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and now more than 200 well-known social media sites. Now companies see the role of a social media manager/strategist to serve in the frontlines of their messaging and customer service battlefield. A social media managers are key members of any marketing department, and drive brand awareness for their company, one Tweet at a time.
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Strategist:With over 400 million searches per day and 25 billion indexed web pages, search engines like Google, Yahoo!, and Bing have created a high demand for SEO specialists. Someone with the job of SEO strategist is focused on getting their company’s web page(s) to appear at the top of search engine rankings. As more and more websites are added to the interwebs each day, this role becomes increasingly important for companies who bring in business through their websites.
- Online Marketing Specialist: Fifteen years ago, online marketing was not yet a fixture in the advertising industry, primarily because internet connections were not fast enough to accurately produce the flash banners and pop-up ads we see online today. An online marketing specialist is given the duty of effectively marketing a company’s products or services through various online forms of advertising. Traditional and online schools are now offering Online Marketing degrees to meet the demand of this growing profession.
- Talent Manager: A talent manager, headhunter, recruiter, or whatever else this role is affectionately called is a branch human resources that has become a very popular field within the last 15 years. They are the ones in charge of finding the most qualified employees for a certain job, and then, making sure they stick around. Talent managers are popular in fields that have a high demand and low supply of talent like IT, various sales positions, medical jobs, and even Internet marketing.
- Customer Feedback Manager: A customer feedback manager’s job is all about user satisfaction and the experience that a company provides for its customers. This position is designed to compile feedback on how that experience rates among competitors and how to possibly improve upon it. A customer feedback manager is also concerned with the overall image and atmosphere that a company shows to its customers. The growth of social media has spawned popularity in this role.
- Company Sustainability Supervisor: With environmentally friendly practices and social responsibility having a bigger impact on today’s business, many companies now designate a position to oversee the company’s sustainability. A sustainability supervisor’s job is to ultimately see that the company has an eco-friendliness and connection to the environment.
- IT Disaster Prevention Specialist: With the magnitude that Internet technology holds with companies these days, the possibility of its computer system coming crashing down is always lurking. For such reason, companies have designed IT disaster prevention specialist positions to prevent such catastrophe from occurring.
- IT Recovery Specialist: Similar to IT disaster prevention, a recovery specialist has the duty of restoring all of the information lost in a systems failure. This position came about with the vast amount of data that companies have had to keep protected, and the subsequent need to recoup such data after an IT disaster. This position has been around for a while, although it has gained traction as every business’ assets are stored digitally.
- Educational Consultant: This position is typically an independent contractor role designed for students to find the best educational fit. Educational consultants work with children and their families to get students into the educational environments best suited to their learning needs. This field provides students and their parents with more information and better options for helping students find . Think of it as a glorified college concierge, or 2.0 tutor…
- Web Content Managers: Due to the increasing use of the Internet in commerce, many companies have hired web content mangers for their web sites and to correspond with customers. Content marketing and blogging has become the big push for companies these days, and a web content manager orchestrates all of those efforts.
Hopefully the aforementioned jobs offer insight into the nature of how jobs come about, and what jobs are new and exciting to the market. What the future will bring is uncertain; we can only imagine what creative job roles may start showing up on business cards in the next decade and a half.
According to a 2010 Society for Human Resource Management survey, 76% of the organisations they asked conduct reference checks on job candidates.
Are you one of the many job seekers who don’t know who should be listed as a reference? Do you know how to prepare your references to help you secure the job? Are you sure that all of your referees are on your side? Could one of them be unintentionally, or even intentionally, sabotaging your job offers?
In the following newsletters, we will cover what references are, how to select referees, how to prepare them to help you secure the job, and which myths should you ignore.
What are references?
Your CV will get you the interview, your skills and experience coupled with your great personality will get you the job offer, but it is your referees who will secure the job. The interviewer might be impressed with you, but they will want to confirm their decision to hire you with opinions of the people who have first-hand knowledge of your work ethic, character, skills, and experience.
Reference checks are important for both job seekers and employers. References are a chance for employers to add to the information they learned from your CV and in the interview. Information that they find out from your references will either confirm their desire to hire you or make the decision not to extend the job offer. A great reference will help the hiring manager feel good about their decision to hire you.
The definition of “reference” includes two important functions in a job search. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a reference is “a person to whom inquiries as to character or ability can be made.” A reference is also defined as “a statement of the qualifications of a person seeking employment or appointment, given by someone familiar with the person.”
Reference checks are often part of a comprehensive employment screening programme, which can also include verification of employment eligibility as it relates to immigration status, credit checks, and background checks.
Job seekers applying for positions with access to confidential information (related to other employees or the company’s clients) were most likely to be subject to reference checks, as were candidates for financial positions, information technology jobs and customer-facing positions.
Some companies will check your references and some won’t. You should prepare your references for the companies that do (as well as for the ones that ask for your references, but never use them).
“You have been unsuccessful in this instance.”
Dreaded words, but it does not need to be the end.
When you have received a rejection letter after an interview, you could ask for feedback in order to learn from the experience.
Feedback Letter Template
Get valuable feedback from an unsuccessful interview. Sending a feedback letter/email also encourages the recruitment manager to take another look at your CV and/or other submitted documents, and perhaps consider you for another position. Customise with date, name and address of interviewer, job title, and in the first paragraph, name of company.
<Name of interviewer
Re: Feedback on Interview for <name of position>
Dear <name of interviewer>,
Thank you for taking the time to interview me on <date>. I enjoyed meeting you and your team and I am still very interested in working for <Company Name> in the future should an appropriate position become available.
Would it be possible for you to provide me with some feedback on why my application was not successful? At your convenience, please contact me by phone (0555.555.555) or email (email@example.com).
Thank you again and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
If you developed a friendly rapport with the interviewer (the recipient of this letter) and you were invited to use their first name during the interview, start your letter with “Dear First Name.” If the interview was formal, use their title and surname or their First and Surname as in “Dear Mr. Surname” or “Dear First Name Surname.”
When requesting feedback, using snail mail is more personal. However, be clear about your email address in the body of the letter because the recipient will want to reply the easiest/fastest way possible – that is, via email.
Use 100g bond paper – either cream or white with little or no texture. Send it in a matching envelope. Hand-writing your return address on the envelope should be your last resort and only if you have no way to print a label. Use your best penmanship for printing, do not use long-hand. Check your country’s postal system’s guidelines for advice.
This letter template and others are included with your Pro-CV CV.