In spite of the simplicity behind using online job search portals, a majority of the job-seekers don’t understand how to use the World Wide Web effectively to land a potential job. Here is a list of some of the most common errors candidates tend to make to find a job –
- Un-updated Resumes – Most job seekers ignore the importance of updating their resumes on a regular basis. If you profile does not highlight the recent skills you have developed, experiences you have acquired and training you have undergone – it will be difficult for potential employers to match your resume against their job profile. It is thus important for candidates to make sure that all the profiles you create online are current and exhibit a comprehensive range of skills.
- Where to Post your Resume – Mid Level and Senior Lever Managers must avoid posting their resumes on public portals where they can be openly accessed. Not only are potential employers accessing your profile, but so is your current organization. Avoid creating an awkward situation while you are out to find a job.
- Acting Passive Online – It is time you get creative and find ways to leverage all platforms on the World Wide Web. Instead of relying only on job portals, there are excellent job opportunities awaiting you on social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn. Having said that, opening accounts and then forgetting about them is a common error that is made by most job seekers. The more active you are on these platforms the easier it is for potential employers to take notice of you. By engaging on forums, industry specific discussions and other online platforms you will be able to network with professionals and employers from other companies.
- Your Online Reputation – It isn’t uncommon for recruiters to perform a background check on you before they actually confirm your employment. With the availability of social media profiles and a range of other online resources it doesn’t take the HR team to get some scoop on your non-professional self. It is thus important that all the content you post or are associated with on the internet is clean and doesn’t work against your reputation in your professional circles.
- Not Maintaining a Formal Tone – Even though it may be easy and cheap to engage with thousands of recruiters, it does not mean you slack back in the quality of communications you have or profiles you build. There are thousands of profiles on LinkedIn and many recruitment portals which have spelling errors and typographical mistakes. In addition to this, informally written incomplete profiles are a simple way to telling people that you aren’t a committed person with a detail to perfection. It is important to mind your language while interacting with employers via internet portals, emails and other sources of online communication.
In addition to this, do not ignore the less formal platforms of social media , where too, you can engage with brands and potential employers to find yourself a progressive employment.