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6 tips to speed up your online job hunt

April 25, 2014 12:30 IST

6 tips to speed up your online job hunt

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Do these simple things to win your employer's attention.

When you are on the lookout for that perfect job that checks all the boxes, then it does come across as a demanding effort.

However, online job searches have made this laborious job quite simplified and easier.

As a prospective job seeker, here's how you can make the most of an online job search:

1. Connect

Thanks to the Internet, organisations have made it easier for you to connect with prospective employers.

You can post your resumes and cover letters with the help of a click.

Spending an hour or two on the Internet, you can derive great insights about the background of the organisations from their websites which would enable you to decide on where to apply.

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2. Network socially

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There are various professional social networking sites that can get you connected to thousands of employers across the globe.

Sign up for the best ones.

Upload your resume on the some of the leading sites and increase your probability of being contacted for the right opportunity.

In fact, if you are planning to relocate, searching for a job online is the best way to go about it.

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3. Update your virtual profile

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An online job search demands that you maintain an up-to-date virtual profile; incomplete profiles are a turn off.

In case you still favour the old fashioned way of sifting through classifieds published in newspapers, you're probably wasting precious time.

Technology is here. Move on!

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4. Brush up your communication skills

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An Internet job search is comparatively more peaceful than having to approach consultants for prospective job openings and interviews.

An increasing number of organisations and consultants rely more on online job seekers and shortlist them for jobs.

In fact, some of these companies also virtual modes of communication -- like Skype -- for interviews.

If you want to stay on top of the game, work on your online and/or visual communication skills -- email writing, speaking, body language, facial expressions etc.

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5. Target the right job

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If you are focussed, have a niche expertise and know which organisation you want to head for, you can consider directly applying to the company on their website, which would be an effective strategy.

Find out if they have an opportunity you can consider and write an emphatic letter to them describing how you would be the perfect fit.

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6. Subscribe to alerts

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Most job portals allow you to register your e-mail address so that you can receive alerts about new opportunities that are relevant to you on the basis of keywords and/or location.

This can be done on a daily or weekly basis.

Enter the right keywords so that the alert information you receive falls under your area of expertise.

Follow these simple rules and increase your odds of landing an interview for your dream job. Good luck! 

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