The internet has played a major role in revamping the way job seekers search for work. It has empowered users with the convenience and easy access to job listings simply by the touch of a finger. However, this expediency is not a luxury for a select few, it is a widespread privilege offered to all those who have access to the virtual world. This means that the pool of talent seeking jobs on the internet has expanded. So, what are your chances of landing your dream job with a vast applicant pool chasing the same? The following article will offer interesting tips to help you make an impression and to hopefully bag that job.

The digital world can be a great resource for job hunters, provided they utilize it well. In order to make your online job search more fruitful, check out the following guidelines.

1. Find Unique Ways to Market Yourself – Rather than simply posting your resume on a job search engine, take it one step further and create a stimulating website that is intuitive and easily-navigable. This site can be used to portray your portfolio virtually and employers can learn about you and your goals and also browse through your work.

2. Create Visual CVs – Creating video resumes is another interesting way to stand out from the rest of the crowd and make an impression. Video CVs can be made and posted online as an add-on to the traditional resume, so make sure you have that in place first. Once that is taken care of, experiment with the video resume to showcase your interests and a part of your personality. You can provide the link of your Video resume along with the cover letter of the traditional CV. This will not only boost your recall value but also offer authenticity to your profile.

3. Run Search Queries on Google – In today’s age we all depend highly on the search giant Google, then why not put it to effective use. You can run searches on Google or other search engines regarding your field of work. Look up the career options, scope, pay packages, opportunities and the companies offering those opportunities. Always remember to enter a query that will precisely define the kind of job you are looking for, unless you wish to include irrelevant information in the search results. You can bookmark the interesting pieces of information and the company websites that you think can offer the kind of job you would want.

4. Do a Self-Check – Enter your name on Google to see what comes up. Analyze the results to check what kind of information is associated with your name. This is a must-do as this will be what the recruiters will find upon searching for you. Get ready to do some explaining or damage control if the results are offensive in nature and the posts related to your name suggest some kind of nudity or irresponsible behavior. You can always clarify to your potential employers that this person is not you and you would never think of acting inappropriately or publishing invasive content on public domain.

5. Sign-Up on Job Sites – Job seekers always have the option of registering on job search portals and exploring their database. The job sites provide a peek into the comprehensive list of vacancies available which can be filtered on the basis of job type, industry, geographical location, pay packages, etc. Such job search engines are an ideal platform for job providers and seekers to meet. Many of these sites also send you mails and notifications in case of job openings matching your criteria. Just follow the lead, you may find something suitable.

6. Seek Guidance from Job Boards and Utilize Alerts – Many job boards have a feature where you can register to receive leads about newly created job opportunities as per your requirements. You can also customize and set up RSS feeds from job sites that will appear on your browser’s homepage. This will help you stay in tune with the latest opportunities.

7. Visit Official Websites to Contact Recruiters – Remember the bookmarked sites? It is time to put them to good use. Apart from applying for postings on the various job search portals, job seekers can greatly benefit from directly applying to the company. Most of the company websites have a ‘Careers’ section where one check out the available openings and apply to the one which suits your profile and nature of work. You also get the chance of writing about yourself to present an overview for the recruiters. Grab this opportunity to describe your background, past experience, educational qualifications and career objectives.

8. Build a Network – Have you ever been blatantly told that it’s not what you know but who you know that matters? The emergence of social networking sites has made professional networking seem like a walk in the park. With sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, job seekers do not have to depend on outdated ways of exchanging business cards with industry allies.  The digitally social platforms consist of several professionals whom you can connect with. You may also add batch-mates and old colleagues to your network to spread the word or ask them to put in a word of reference.

Author bio: A writer by profession, Devika Arora is currently focusing her writing on the extensive domain of employment. She has written various articles, news stories and blog posts on job search and hiring. The above article is a compilation of facts and discusses about job search on the internet. Click here and know current job vacancies In India