The past decade has given rise to life in a digital age and more and more people are spending large portions of time online. According to Dan Schawbel, the author of "5 Reasons Why Your Online Presence Will Replace Your Resume in 10 Years" on the Forbes blog, potential job seekers should depend on an online presence to enhance their chance for success in career. While online job hunting certainly has its advantages, it also causes some concerns.
As hardcopy resumes are still accepted, Schawbel predicts within the next 10 years they will become obsolete. He further suggests job hunters should acquire their full name as the URL to allow their potential employers to find them on search engines for best results. If job seekers don't want to have an online presence, they will have fewer opportunities to get better jobs. Schawbel continues to mention that a prospective employer is reviewing your profiles to understand what kind of person you are outside the workplace. Schawbel's remarks like these indeed make us uncomfortable. As one's personal information is available for anyone to see online, it is not surprising to know a job hunter's personal life, social networking profiles or even a criminal record can be raided and scrutinized for a bank teller and bookstore manager position!
One online networking site specific to job finding that Schawbel recommends is Linkedln, which both employers use to find top talent and job seekers use to leverage their network. For a monthly fee, Linkedln offers job seekers a chance to stand out from the crowd by upgrading their profiles. If you already have money to invest in your Linkedln profile, you're on the fast track to making more money! For a recent university graduate, Linkedln is definitely not good news; instead, it makes them feel like losers as they are starting a career.
Perhaps the most annoying about Schawbel's advice is that individuals become commodities. By attempting to market our skills and talents, we are encouraging companies to treat us as nothing more than possessions. While it becomes a trend to promote ourselves online to get a better job, we have to reflect on whether our regression from face-to-face contact prevents our employers from giving us true appreciation and treating us as unique individuals!
【題組】56. What is the author's attitude toward Schawbel's statement?
(A) The author is optimistic that our talent will be found more easily by a potential boss.
(B) The author is worried that online resumes will degrade our overall value as an individual.
(C) The auther holds a hostile attitude toward online resume in order to defend traditional paper resumes.
(D) The author doubts whether it's a fair play because the rich can always showcase their ability online.