Are you a professional ready to kick-start your hunt for the first climbing stone to your career? How do you plan to search and apply for them? Earlier, newspapers and employment publications were the search results. This hasn't changed much in this age of technogeeks also. The conditions have changed a lot, however. The entry of technology-based job search has brought about several changes.
Employment portal on the Internet is one of the most prolific categories of websites with the business objective. Earlier applications were sent by post and after probably months of waiting, interview cards would finally arrive by post for the few lucky ones. Until then, for them and for the unlucky rest, the entire duration will be a long period of uncertainties about their future.
We still search the printed media like newspapers and employment news publications for vacancies, particularly government recruitments. The rest would ask to apply through email. Interview call letters are more or less sent through email or published online. What to say more, the all the printed media have online versions now. You can easily search and find the latest edition online. The real runners in the field are the online job portals. When I was a freshly passed out job aspirant, these portals were in their budding stage, computers had begun to find places in most homes and Internet was becoming as common as television cables. This led to the rapid surge in the popularity of online job search. Give your preferred location; upload your qualifications and skills in the form of a resume and your experience. You could easily search for any kind of openings anywhere sitting in the comfort of your home. No need to restlessly wait for interview calls or check the post box. Results are almost instantaneous. The companies even show the courtesy of sending acknowledgment emails to job applications. Most companies convey messages regarding interview calls and selection results to the candidates through phones.
The method of communication has, however, changed. Only a few of the recruiters specifically call for sending applications through the post. A very strong form of employment is the referral system. There are employers who actually give incentives to the employees who refer a suitable person for any vacancy in their company. If you are applying through email, the practice of keeping C/O in the subject line is highly followed. Even for most of the high profile jobs, the employers ask for one or two references to inquire about the candidate in their application. There are resume formats in which reference contacts are also added. So big is the power of reference that many big companies such as those in the field of engineering, software etc have dedicated referral software attached to the application process. While filling the online form, the candidate will be asked to mention the mode of application and the following details are usually provided entry columns:
Designation and years of experience of the referrer in the company
Relation of the referrer with the candidate
The first employment sites were basically general where vacancies pertaining to all fields appeared together. Specific results had to be obtained by refining search criteria or providing keywords. Still, the results were cumbersome since the criteria for each job had so many elements to be considered and candidates had to scratch their heads while looking for suitable opportunities.
With time, job sites have evolved technologically and constructively. We have dedicated websites serving any one or a few similar class of job seekers. Some examples are:
Seekers fresh out of college
Specialisation-based portals like site listing only pharmacy jobs, academic positions etc
Websites for publishing only software jobs
Forums notifying about research jobs
Blogs listing only government recruitments
Sites only for women
Websites hosting only freelance jobs
Portals for searching home-based opportunities, etc.
The mode of application has become more transparent and there are sites providing personal assistance to candidates who are willing to spend money. Data mining and data analysis have become integral parts of employment portals now which literally mine into the web and bring out the most refined information of job opportunities for you.