Posted by Kalyani M. on Jul 16, 2013
It’s tough out there for jobseekers. With one of the hardest economic climates in decades, the jobless and looking have to contend with a perpetual application process, in which some even apply to hundreds of different positions in hopes of snagging just a few interviews. But savvy jobseekers can use technology in their favor by taking advantage of the cloud.
According to Gartner, cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) has already grown to a multi-billion dollar industry. And as more and more businesses flock to the cloud, being cloud literate is becoming a new standard for successful job applicants. Not everyone can be a techie, programmer, or cloud expert, but the least you can do to help boost your appeal as an applicant, is to come to future interviews prepared with a basic knowledge of cloud security and practices.
One way that you’ll likely encounter the cloud in your future workplace is through Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. Bring Your Own Device allows employees to bring their own laptops, smartphones, and tablets to work, allowing for worker mobility and flexible collaborative solutions. For jobseekers on the hunt, this mobility translates to the ability to tap into potential jobs all around the world. As data can be accessed anywhere through the cloud, jobseekers can have their resumes reviewed by employers both locally and globally.
Another way to leverage the cloud’s market appeal is to take advantage of a job shortage in cloud experts. Rather than just taking a job that could be obsolete in a few years (due perhaps, to the rapid growth enabled by the cloud), become a cloud expert and enjoy job security for what will soon become the new computing standard for education, medicine, business, government, and personal use. Cloud computing jobs have increased by 72%, making it a fast growing sector that promises staying power as it replaces old, outdated infrastructures across a wide range of industries. And the European Union plans on stimulating growth throughout the EU with investments in 2.5 million cloud computing jobs in both the government and private sector. One growing cloud computing job is DevOps. DevOps are IT-savvy development engineers who are responsible for code migration, cloud management, and implementation.
To kick off your career in the cloud, jobseekers can take advantage of new advanced degree programs big data analytics enabled by the cloud. New degrees in big data analytics include courses in business intelligence, IT, enterprise computing, and data science. Prestigious colleges and universities that are prepared to offer such degree programs include New York University, Louisiana State University, North Caroline State University, the University of Texas, and Northwestern University. But don’t delay your application, according to University of Texas program director Michael Hasler, “Getting 50 [students] is not going to be the issue; figuring out where we want to cap it might be the bigger issue.” According to Chris Brenton, a cloud security architect, becoming a cloud expert could be useful in virtually any job sector or work setting. Because once the world makes the full switch to the cloud, the new IT experts will be those that have the best understanding of the cloud and how to best utilize it in a given situation. Chris Brenton said, “So yes, [companies] are looking for the right person, but in a sense they are also looking for some direction in terms of how the cloud can best be implemented in their own, unique environment.” Some of the most popular new cloud jobs on the market include cloud software engineer, cloud architect, and cloud sales executive. With all that the cloud promises, an economic turnaround could be in store in the near future. Make sure you’re a part of it.
SpiderOak for Jobseekers
For jobseekers, one of the biggest detriments to potential hires is through over-sharing incriminating messages and photos on social media. Be sure to set your social media settings to private and keep any scandalous notes and photos private through a secure cloud storage service. Choosing the right third party cloud service can be a challenge as many services on the market have security gaps that leave private data vulnerable to leak. But SpiderOak sets itself apart from the rest of the market by providing a fully private cloud service featuring all of the benefits of cloud storage along with 100% data anonymity.
SpiderOak protects sensitive data through 256-bit AES encryption so that files and passwords stay private. Jobseekers can store and sync sensitive data with complete privacy, because this cloud service has absolutely “zero-knowledge” of user passwords or data. And all plaintext encryption keys are exclusively stored on approved devices, as SpiderOak never hosts plaintext data. SpiderOak private cloud services are available for users on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, along with Android and iOS mobile devices, making this one of the only flexible cross-platform solutions around.