The art of job hunting has certainly taken a different direction in the last 10-15 years. Gone are the days of sending tapes or CD’s to Program Directors in the hopes of being offered a job…now job applicants are Googled and multi-interviewed and put through all sorts of tests before maybe being offered an internship.
Brian Clapp at WorkInSports.com has detailed his job hunting story, circa 1996, and more importantly how the job hunting landscape has changed with technology over the past two decades.
In 1996, just 20 years ago, I graduated college. I’d like to convince myself it wasn’t that long ago, but in order to keep it real my fellow students and I didn’t have cell phones, laptops were a promise of the future and I applied to jobs by mailing letters. You read that right, I got a job at CNN/Sports Illustrated, a dream come true moment, because I sent them a cover letter and resume…in the mail.
I bought a book with the addresses of all the major sports broadcasting, sports advertising and sports marketing companies in it, and sent them letters – that was my cutting edge technique. I still remember sitting around with my college roommates printing, signing and stuffing envelopes from within the confines of the craptastic house we were renting with a scent of stale beer that hovered like a low-pressure system.
After receiving my letter, CNN didn’t send me an email telling me I was in the running for a production assistant job. There was no connection to be made in LinkedIn. I didn’t have to pass an Applicant Tracking System. I didn’t have to worry about the hiring manager finding pictures of me on Facebook doing keg stands. There was no video interview via Skype. Just a phone call: “Brian we’ve received your resume and you appear to be a strong candidate, we’d like to schedule you for an interview tomorrow which will include a sports quiz.”
Click here to read the full article.