Publish at June 17 2019 Updated June 20 2022

Looking for a job in the digital age

Some tools and principles to get the interview

Resume selection is subject to the productivity rules that prevail throughout organizations. We have to move fast. Especially since applications sometimes arrive in large numbers, especially when job seekers automate mailings based on keywords from ads they don't always read.

Mini resumes, online forms, presentation videos, and building a digital identity are all avenues to consider, depending on the industry and the positions sought.

some tips for looking for a job

Time is short, shorter formats can be helpful.

The recruiter makes choices in a very short time. You have to get their attention, capture their interest, and convince through consistency and conciseness. The standard resume in A4 format is not always the right answer. Some candidates also have a more visual presentation, between the business card and the CV.


They are designed with graphic software, on formats intended for social networks. At a minimum, the following rules  should be followed:

  • Choose a landscape format adapted to the targeted network
  • Use pictograms by relying on free resources such as those referenced at the bottom of this article
  • Take care of the realization, without overloading
  • Prefer the logos of the software used to the names
  • Remove what is not differentiating (your taste for cinema, novels, etc..).

Candidates go further and offer a video presentation. It demonstrates creativity, oral fluency and marks the minds, insofar as the process is still rare. Stepstone, a job search platform, offers us some advice.

Don't stay alone

Social networks allow you to search by becoming part of a collective. Essential to avoid discouragement, it's also very helpful in getting an appointment. Many job seekers have found through "weak ties". It is not direct friends or family who will help you directly, but often friends of friends, distant acquaintances, former comrades... Philippe Douale summarizes this observation with this sentence  "it's not your friends (strong ties), but your contacts (weak ties) that can help you find a job."

Among the networks, LinkedIn seems to be the most suitable application for job search and professional connections. Experts multiply tips to increase your chances. But it's work over time, often started before the job search.

On Twitter, the #i4emploi tag identifies tweets of service proposals. Community members relay messages that they think may be of interest to their network. Targeting is thus done by the first recipients, who make the choice to broadcast the announcements or not to their network. It's a proven "tweet giveaway" that the collective behind the keyword explains on its account.

Create content related to the activity you're looking for 

Looking for a job is often prepared well before you've left your previous job, or even before you've finished school. Creating a digital image takes time. Future candidates are advised to develop content on the Internet, to produce resources that will interest recruiters. No better proof of motivation and competence than an already assertive presence on the Internet around the fields sought by targeted organizations.

LinkedIn, in particular, allows one to enrich one's profile by offering editorial content. By linking the resume, training and productions, this network brings a lot of information on the professional activities of a candidate.

The Ikigai, Will Weston's tree for refining your project

The Ikigai is no longer introduced, so successful has it been in a few short years. The activity involves refining the area in green in the center of the rose window, asking yourself a series of positive questions. The intersection of what I love, what I'm good at, what the world needs, and what I could be paid for, can help me establish a career plan.

Ikigai to position yourself

Will Weston teaches imaginative and observational drawing at the world's top schools. He offers his students an alternative symbolized by a tree. The trunk figures the key skill. I have to master this skill to a certain level to be considered good. Beyond that, I just enjoy myself. But this skill is not enough, I need to add others to an optimal level.

So Will Weston, tells us that a graphic design teacher must be very good at drawing, but he doesn't have to be the best drawer in the world. He must have a very strong foundation in anatomy, but knowledge of the skeleton and surface muscles is enough. He must master perspective, but again, excellence is not necessary. "Rather combine skills at a very good level than reach the top on one area."  could be the model's motto.

Will Weston's tree

We take the liberty of adding to the original tree some "crazy skills". Not essential and not identified by employers, they can make the difference at the time of an interview or on a resume. 

There are many, many resources available on sites that propose to connect job seekers with organizations that are hiring. It is a subtle game where the candidate must show that he or she complies with certain rules (spelling, layout of the resume, form of the cover letter...) but also that he or she shows imagination, and that he or she will be able to bring novelty to the organization that selects him or her.

Then it remains to prepare for the interview, individual or group. Here again, the skills mobilized are numerous.

Illustrations : Frédéric Duriez

Resources :

Creating your resume online
    See all resume templates

Itaque Coaching - "Our Internet Job Search Guides: the Resume" - accessed June 16, 2019

Grace Fussel - envatotuts+ "11 creative resume design tips" accessed June 16, 2019

Undesign, a good entryway to free resources, especially icons

Michel Barabel and Olivier Meier -The advent of so-called "mad skills" accessed June 14, 2019

Philippe Douale "How to Develop Your Network with LinkedIn?" accessed June 14, 2019

Hervé Bommelaer - 19 Great Ways to Screw Up Your Search - accessed June 14, 2019çons-de-bousiller-sa-recherche-hervé-bommelaer

Matthieu Gauthier - How to use LinkedIn, checklist of the 37 best tips.accessed June 14, 2019

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