JOB SEARCH / JUL. 11, 2014
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Fresher’s guide to Job Portals and How to use them Effectively

Job portals have vastly replaced traditional methods of job searching and recruiting. They offer numerous advantages as they are inexpensive, faster and more reliable. Unlike traditional recruiting methods, decisions are taken faster. It is greener too. Job portals require no papers or ink or the transportation of printed materials over long distances. All these make it very attractive for the job seekers and recruiters.

Job portals come in many different forms – some are targeted at specific territories or job types while others are aimed at specific skill sets.  However, the better known job portals service most user types. It is important to understand all facts about job portals in order to make good use of them.

How Portals Work?

Job portals use sophisticated software and most operations are automated. The more important thing is that a job offer is up for view for as long time as the sponsor wants it. It saves the need to place repeated advertisements in newspapers or handle voluminous documents. Portals also encourage job seekers to apply anytime they want.

Though portals are primarily used by job seekers and employers, employment agencies are known to use them in innovative ways. It is nowadays common for employment agencies to register and scour the portals for meeting client requests. The information they harvest from the portals are stored in their database and used when required. In fact, many agencies report that they do most of their head hunting work through this route.

Who Uses Job Portals?

For many job seekers, businesses and HR solution companies, job portals are the only sources to meet their respective needs.

The Downside

Though everything sounds cozy, you will need to do some experimenting in order to use different job portals. There is also a learning curve involved here. First of all, you need to be comfortable with the portal’s interface. You should normally expect them to be little cramped than other websites. This is because portals usually have lots of things to present in the little space provided.

How to Use a Job Portal Effectively

Here is how a typical job seeker will be using a portal.

1. Register at the portal. Usually, the registration process is very simple and hardly takes a few minutes to accomplish. You may be asked for the following information – your name, your physical address, your email address, your phone number, your age, your sex, your photo and a brief description about yourself. Sometimes you have an option to leave out some information. For example you can choose to leave out uploading a photo or your physical address. The choice is yours in most portals.

2. Upload a profile. This is a critical step and is done meticulously. To be found, you should have a profile that stands out from the crowd. The more information you provide about you, that will attract a potential employer, the better is your prospect of being found and solicited. If you have any special accomplishments to your credit, include it as well.

3. Subscribe to newsfeeds. Many users do this. The advantage is you get notified immediately about a job opening. You should remember that not every other day you will be logging in to your registered account. The quicker you are there, the better it is for you. The first few applications receive more attention than those that come in belatedly.

4. Read the guidelines with a lens. More often, the portal administrators have a blog where users share their experience. It may be about a particular posting for a job or a general discussion about the employer. Reading the blogs will help you gain enough knowledge to choose your employer with care. Since portals are more like public places, there is a general need to pick out the best. As a rule, you should prefer featured advertisers; the reason is they are serious about sending a reply.
When you apply for a position, check the posting’s age. Most portals carry this information in a conspicuous place next to the posting itself. If it has been there for too long, chances are that the vacancy has been filled. You should generally prefer the more recent ones. This facility is available in most portals in the options column when you make a search.

Adding More Punch to Your Search

Here are some other features you should be using to make your search faster.

1. Choose the appropriate category. Postings are categorized and may be attached to one or more tags.                                                                                                                                            
2.  Choose an appropriate city, state or country. The more accurate information you add in the search, the more appropriate results you get.                                                                                             
3. Choose to know the number of applicants who have applied. This will help you with deciding on whether to apply or not. Too many is not preferred.                                                                    
4.  Choose a salary range for your search. This will help you weed out those postings that may not be remunerative.                                                                                                                           
5.  Choose any other search option that is included in the search box. It will give you the right result. But there is a catch; you will be dealing only with a small list. Your options will be limited.

Though many of these recommendations are standard for an experienced job seeker, they are still crucial points. They promise to make a lot of difference in your search strategy. Hopefully, these ideas will help fresh and experienced job seekers!  

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