How to hunt online jobs?

Some basic online job hunt tricks to follow for career building

With the increasing online job portals and applications,  job seekers are turning their ways and visiting social media platforms to find employment.

Recruitment industry got changed due to online recruiting platforms, and job seekers create and store virtual CVs so that the employers search for the experience and skills they are looking for.

“Technology has simplified the process, by making it easier for each party to find what they are looking for and opening lines of communication.”

says Lyndy van den Barselaar, MD of workforce solutions Manpower South Africa.

LinkedIn has become the most popular platform for the job seekers. Internet World Stats on LinkedIn ( 2015) has cumulated more than 22 million LinkedIn subscribers in Africa.

South Africa has the largest number of LinkedIn accounts on the continent with the highest penetration at more than 9 percent.

The noteworthy thing is that sites like LinkedIn and other such sites are correctly used by the job seekers to get the best chance of finding employment.

Here are some tips to help you find out employment through online job portals and social networks.

Be always professional

People often forget professionalism while completing their online tasks. But show yourself as a professional one by using full sentences.

Avoid any text speak. Keep your CV and supporting documents up-to-date and polished.Attach files in PDF format when necessary, so that the employers can open and see your attachments.

Must use a professional photo instead of the group photos or that on beach or seaside.

Don’t focus on the job title

Different companies name the work differently so don’t focus on the job title because it is probable that a company uses some other name for the job you are seeking for.

So ensure searching with keywords related to your skills and experiences rather than your job title.

Be specific

Applying to several different jobs can cause problems in your career growth.

Don’t waste your time and the time of employees and focus on the skills required for a job and those you have.

Instead of finding after applying that you were not eligible for that job,  find out the interests you have and skills they require, then decide either to apply or not.

Don’t apply to a position you are not interested.

Instead of applying for all the positions in a company,  apply to only one close to your skills and interest.

Receiving your CV for several posts will make employer believe you are not focused on the career search.

But including a detailed information about your skills will make you an asset for several positions or departments and employers can decide easily which post is suitable for you.

Get personal

Personalise your application either it is with a cover letter or a CV. Why? Because online employers receive hundreds of CVs a day so a personalised CV can work well.

Have an online presence

Having no LinkedIn profile but applying through an online portal for a job will be detrimental to your job search.

Professionals are expected to have the online presence on LinkedIn, ZoomInfo or some personal blog in this age. So keep an up to date online professional presence so that recruiters and employers take you in their modern business world.

Don’t get stuck online

Following up by calling on jobs you have interest in and also have applied for will make you interested in the position in the demonstration of the employers. So there are chances that you are presented with chances to exercise and demonstrate your professionalism.





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