The application-hiring process has changed, again.
Essentially, it now mandates that those searching for work - full time, part time, contract - spend extended periods online. In cyberspace, we send our cover letters, fill out detailed forms, follow up with even more data, agree to background checks and even input responses for digital interviews.
The latter - that is, digital interviews - might require two to three hours of addressing the employers' questions. For example, for a contract job in standardized testing I was asked how I have handled, in the past, workplace conflict, delivering constructive criticism to subordinates, receiving negative feedback and ensuring that I show up on time for the assignment.
To provide answers in enough detail I had to invest a lot of time. That was okay because my home office is fully equipped with a laptop and wireless Internet connection. Yes, I did land the contract job.
Fellow Baby Boomers who rely on the public library PCs and Internet access would be out of luck in their job search in this new era Obviously, applying for and even being interviewed for jobs are moving increasingly online. Usually there is a limit on the time the equipment and Internet access are available at public facilities.
Therefore, Baby Boomers who want to continue earning income from work have to figure out how to have more flexible access to online communicating.
One solution is, of course, to purchase your own equipment and comparison-shop for the lowest-cost reliable Internet access. Regarding the latter, some residential communities provide complimentary Internet access. Mine does but one has to be physically located near the office. Many residents from other nations sit by the office with their tablets to talk with the folks back home.
Another option is to form a barter arrangement with someone who is already online. You might walk their dog a few times a day in exchange for using their whatever when they aren't.
A third is to tap into networks of relatives and friends. Everyone is aware of the need to present one's best foot forward in the search for work. That entails a timely response to a form being sent. Therefore, they will tend to jump to allow you online.
The bottom line is that we have to be online. This is the way those doing the hiring have decided they want the process to proceed.