Facing the 4th Industrial Revolution With Confidence

We are all facing the 4th industrial revolution and this will cause much anxiety to workers and job-seekers who feel that getting a dream job will be out of their reach. They may feel that their prized jobs may be taken over by robotics and automation. This will send many of them into a sense of helplessness and even self-denial.

Are we now in the midst where robots start to seize the new workplace and be more desirable as employment prospects as compared to their human counter-parts?

Are we facing a cold and desensitised workplace that may no longer dwell on innovation and creativity?

Here are some tips to face this new workplace.


You must take a deep interest in the development of your industry. You can start by reading the latest news online or attend conferences by industry-experts.


You have to find out if you have obtained the required industry-recognised certification to continue working. If you are unsure, you should seek the advice your relevant trade association or mentors.

Understand your job scope

This is the best opportunity to re-look and analyse your job scope. With this in your mind, do reflect if your knowledge of all the intricate processes have been thoroughly updated. Are you fully-competent about the entire running of your specific industry?


After a thorough analysis of your particular industry, be open-minded enough to decide which part of your job scope can be totally automated. That’s right. You heard me right.

It is better for you to face the inevitable and try to study which area of your current job will be removed from your daily work processes. Preparation is key to prevent over-reaction.


You should also try to quantify the newly-revised time that is allocated to you to finish your original work. Then you have to see how you can expand your responsibilities or have shorter working hours.

Job Redesign

This can be your best opportunity to look at a job redesign and perhaps see how your job is relevant in the whole organisational process. In this way, you may find that there may be a need to change the main location of your work to further harmonise with the entire work process. This will cause you to use less effort and be more productive within working hours.

Skills Upgrade

After your expected job redesign, you have to be proactive in researching about the new skills that will be needed for you to adapt to the new workplace. You have to be constructive and future-oriented in locating the proper new skills and how your company is able to pay for your full training fees. Of course, in return you may have to sign a bond to stay with your company for a given period of time.


You have to find a good time to discuss with your HR about how you hope to be remunerated. This is very crucial because the HR may be using outdated KPI to judge your productivity. In the past, this will result in you having salary that is way too little.


Let’s face it. You are now in the age of disruption where change is the norm, not the exception. Thus, you must be willing to be adaptable and open-minded not to be too stubborn in using old thinking to complete the job. It is no longer business as usual.

Different generational forces

You are now part of a workplace that has different generational forces with unique biasness and experiences. Keep the dialogue going to be knowledgeable about the specific terms of your employment contract.

How Good Are You at Getting Hired?

Have you ever asked yourself if, what you are doing to get hired is working a little, a lot, or not at all? How do you measure your job search accomplishments and failures? How does a hiring manager make a decision to hire you and what does he or she think of your job interview and who you are as a job candidate? If you are getting hired, you are making all the right moves; you are doing great at getting the job. If you are not asked to join a company, then your way of applying for employment isn’t working for you. Just because you are not getting directions to the human resource office to take your work ID doesn’t mean you are not a great job candidate. It means you have not mastered job interviewing and probably have not devised the best career search plan.

When a job seeker is not hired, he has no way of knowing what advantage the hired job seeker has over the other job applicants. The only way to measure your job search is by making sure all the elements of a successful job hunt have action applied to it. The hiring managers begin their selection with process of elimination and it starts with resumes and phone interviews and any other tools that cross their paths, before calling you in for an interview. So physical, appearance is not the presiding factor although it can be a final and determining factor.

However, it is the first set of personal branding tools that you submit that flags a hiring manager not to toss your documents to the curb or in the garbage during the recruiting and selection process. The decision maker believes he is hiring the job candidate who is great at doing all the right things to get noticed. If you stick to the normal or even the old steps at getting hired, you have already sacrificed the opportunity to get your feet in the door.

At this point, you have either gotten it or you haven’t. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, there are just ways of doing things requiring you to step outside the box and for the new job hunting scene you must.

Here are some ideas listed below to get you to reflect upon what you could be doing wrong at getting hired.

1. Review your resume and other job search marketing tools; look for errors and presentation.

2. Create a career search plan that includes all job search marketing tools.

3. Apply action to your job search plan.

4. Know who you are and what the company is looking for-Do not submit to a company and you are not a match or a fit. Don’t waste your time or the company’s time applying for a position you are not qualified to perform.

5. Follow-up with the submission of your resume and interviewing process.

6. Document your search, submission dates, times, and results. Pay attention to time- frames and track where and what can go wrong. Correct mistakes.

7. Keep trying and don’t give up! Hiring managers do not have any idea who you are until they look at your resume in the six seconds they take to review it.

Hearing this phrase over and over again often is ignored but it is a true measurement of eliminating the resumes and job candidates the hiring manager is uninterested in moving forward with contacting. My message to job seekers is, take the time to present YOU the right way, and to learn the criteria for job searching and what the hiring manager is looking for in the six seconds of elimination.