As you all know, I just love love love technology. I don’t know about the rest of you, but tech has really become a big part of my life in a fairly short time; true, the age and rise of computer took place while I was still in elementary school, but from there to where we are now is incredibly amazing.
Case in point -
As a freelancer, I’ve been looking for new jobs as of late, both online and off. And I’ve noticed for a few of the tech inspired jobs, there’s an increase in speaking through Skype and having a webcam. I had an interview just the other day where I needed to have a webcam in order to even have the interview.
So, I love technology, but one of the things I have never owned was a webcam. Even on my laptops that I’ve owned, never had one. Of course I have a front facing camera on my phone and for me, that was really enough. You don’t really need to look at me when speaking to me. But to show you how society is probably trying to make tech a lot more personable, that face to face interaction – even without being in the same place – is really starting to take hold.
Needless to say, I bought one. I grumbled about it immensely (that was food money, damn it!), but it looks as though it may have panned out, thankfully. But what does this mean for other employment opportunities? Will you need to purchase a webcam too?
To Purchase or Not to Purchase?
As mentioned, I’ve noticed that a lot freelance/consulting positions are requiring the occasional meet and greet through either Skype or even Google Hangouts. Does that mean you have to have a webcam? To answer, I’ll say – it depends.
It depends on the person interviewing or hiring you. Skype is the easier one, as it’s free and if you have Facebook or an Microsoft email account, you pretty much just need to log in with that. Now, at some point, you may want to consider getting a webcam and luckily, they have been reduced in price since they first came out, you won’t have a problem finding a cheap one.
The one I bought was under $10 and it was a simple plug and play procedure that had me up and running within five minutes. With them being so cheap, I say why not get one now?
But, as with me, maybe you won’t ever find a need to get one or even use one. Then don’t bother with it. Until the day comes for its use, you’ll be fine without it, unless friends and family are pestering. Then, that’s on you, friend.
- Diane Gottsman: Technology Etiquette for a Skype Interview (huffingtonpost.com)