Let’s face it: job sites can be confusing. They make you fill forms. They ask you to attach a CV. Why would they need both?
Where does this information go? Who, if anyone is looking at it? What happens when I apply to a job?
Let us try and explain how to make the most out of the product we create.
Complete all Fields
Most good job sites will typically ask for several information points while you register with them. The temptation to skip some fields or to fill only part of the form is huge.
Avoid that temptation.
Job sites are technology platforms that make it easy for recruiters and jobseekers to meet. Typically, job seekers maintain “profiles” on job sites by sharing information like their personal details, Educational background, Work experience etc. On the other side of the platform, recruiters find candidates by searching the database of job seekers on these parameters. When these searches are performed, job sites use computer programmed logic (also called algorithms) to display candidates’ profiles as search results.
Now, for example, a recruiter might perform a search with keyword “sales” and location “Dubai”. This will return all the candidates in database who have sales in their profiles and are currently residing in Dubai. Candidates who have “sales” in their Designation, CV Headline or Key Skills will appear at the top, as opposed to someone who mentions “sales” as a certification in her CV.
Update, Update, Update!
As you can see, recruiters usually search the job seekers’ database to find candidates for fulfilling positions. For the recruiters, it is critical to find the most accurate up-to-date information about candidates. Therefore, it is very important for job seekers to constantly update their profiles.
Consider, for example, what will happen if Bob gets promoted to Senior Engineer from Engineer and forgets to update his profile. A recruiter looking to fill a Senior Engineer position might overlook Bob’s profile. On the other hand, recruiters who are looking to fill Engineer positions might contact Bob. However, Bob might not be interested since he is already a Senior Engineer. These mismatches in expectations are very common when the wrong information gets broadcast over recruitment networks.
Ideally, job seekers should maintain their profiles on two or three good job sites and update these regularly.
Got a recent promotion? Update your Designation.
Completed another 3 months in your job? Don’t forget to increase your total Work Experience.
Learnt a new Skill? Update your Key Skills.
Earned a new degree or Certification? Add them to your Education or Certifications.
Changed your Location or Job? Let the recruiters know through your profile.
The absolute worst thing job seekers can do for themselves is not being reachable. Sometimes candidates do not respond to emails or are not available on the phone number mentioned on their profiles. Check the contact details on your profile again.
Do you check the email ID that you have provided regularly? Are you checking the Spam/Junk folders as well?
Are you always available on the phone number you have provided?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, it might be time to update your contact details.
Keep your Job site and social presence in sync
With the surge in social networks, a large number of us maintain a social presence on Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter etc.
While searching for candidates, recruiters sometimes cross-check social presence to discern personality traits and cross-check information provided by job seekers. While using social networks, it is important to remember that whatever information we post or send out, gets broadcast over a large network. It is becoming increasingly important to maintain a social presence that is not detrimental to our career or professional goals.
If you update any information on social networks, it is important to do the same on jobs sites. If a candidate mentions her current location as UAE on Facebook but some other country on a job site, that is bound to leave a recruiter confused, or worse doubtful about the candidate’s current location.
Job Alerts are here to help. Use them smartly
Almost all job sites will send you relevant job alerts matching your profile through email. The good ones will allow you to create your own alerts. Learn how to create and tailor your own job alerts with Naukrigulf here.
The automatic alerts are also generated by logical programs (or algorithms) that match candidates’ profiles to new jobs posted on the site. Here’s how you can make the most of job alerts:
* Complete your profile with all relevant fields so that the Job Alert program can match your designation, work experience, education, key skills, current designation, target designation and preferred location to relevant jobs
* Keep your profile updated to ensure that you don’t get alerts based on an outdate profile
* Make sure that you are regularly checking the email ID that you have provided. You certainly don’t want job alerts landing in an inbox that you haven’t checked in a dozen years
* It’s always advisable to check that job alerts (or for that matter any important email) is not landing in the Junk/Spam folder. A quick way to make sure that it does not happen is to add the email address from which alerts come (for eg. firstname.lastname@example.org) to your contact list. All email programs like Outlook, Yahoo mail, Gmail, Hotmail etc allow you to add contacts to the Address book.
Search and Apply to all relevant jobs
This sounds like a no-brainer. Search and apply regularly. Go through the Job Alerts as and when they arrive and apply to the ones which interest you.
The corollary is: Don’t apply to jobs which do not match your profile, especially which require persons of a different nationality, gender or education.
Recruiters typically use both: searching through the database and posting job advertisements to hire candidates. In either case, an updated, complete profile boosts your chances manifold.
Attach an updated, well-formatted CV
Is the information provided in your attached CV accessible to a job site’s search engine?
Good job sites will extract the text out of your attached CV and make it part of the search. For example, if a recruiter is searching for “Power Plant” and the phrase appears in your document, your profile will turn up in search results.
Therefore, it is important to keep an updated copy of your CV attached to your profile.
Of course, any updates you make to your document should also be added to the relevant parts of your profile like Key Skills, Work Experience, Education etc.