An Ideal Careers – Pros and Cons to Be Searched, Internet Job Portals

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Pros

  • Use of internet job portals such as Monster for suitable job searches.

  • The job portals are considered to be an effective tool for those who have not yet narrowed their job search.

  • Job portals are also recommended to get an idea of their marketability.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports:

    • 73% of the recruiters spend time online searching for candidates.

    • Job-seekers could miss some really good opportunities if they don’t visit the portals.

  • The major job portals can be more effective if they localize the search.

  • It has been observed that while trying to find a job in the HR profession:

    • Responding to ads that are out of state.

    • Is not an effective way to gain interviews.

Cons

  • Very rigid requirements by some hob boards.

  • The way resume or profile must be set up if it is to be posted on their site.

  • Becomes tough to make your credentials stand out.

  • At Monster.com one cannot use a functional resume even if that format does a better job of presenting his/her skills.

  • The best way to get resume noticed is through optimal use of keywords.

  • One can also supplement his/her resume postings on job boards by publishing resumes formatted the way one feel best highlights his/her qualifications on the Web page.

  • Sometimes it may also happen that the jobs posted on job boards are outdated.

  • The best way to avoid outdated postings is to check the posting date.

  • If one hears nothing from an employer he/she should try to follow up though not always easy.

  • Smart companies can always use the option of an autresponder to the mails received from job seekers.

  • It can be very difficult to direct resume to a named individual or to follow up after responding to a job posting.

  • A common problem for the job seekers is misrepresentation and unwelcome solicitations while posting their resumes on the job boards.

  • A quick overview of a person’s experience with job boards over the last three months:

    • An interview with a career consultant (represented himself as a headhunter/recruiter).

    • An interview with another headhunter who is also associated with the job board.

    • Using other job-search Websites regarding requests for resumes.

    • No feedback from applications to listed jobs out of perhaps 75-80 occurrences.

    • No interviews for real jobs.

  • Also it has been observed that some features offered by job boards received mixed reviews in terms of effectiveness as they require a fee.

  • Various key words used are “marketing,” “promotions,” “advertising,” and “events,”