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Job hunt, online

MOST of us walk straight into the big online job boards while on a hunt for any new opportunity. A large number of business, government and non-profit organisations are depending on the Web to recruit employees.

As online boards serve as hubs that provide extensive information for job hunters, they impact almost every industry in the working world.

Career-related resources on the Web can be divided into various categories: employer sites, job listings, management recruiters, entrepreneurial ventures, résumé postings, homepage portfolios, email communications, networking opportunities, search assistance, career advice, educational programmes, retirement information... and many more.

But while there are a huge number of such resources on the web, it would make it easier for you to get your dream job if you follow some of these tips.

Keep an eye on opportunities every day

Make it a habit to watch at least two websites on a daily basis. First, that of your desired employer and second, that of any professional association in your field.

This will boost your chance of getting that cushy job you always wanted. You can count on the links saying `employment'/`career'/`openings' or `jobs' and the like on the site map to learn about vacancies in the field. In addition, more than 40% of big employment sites have their own job agents that automatically email you whenever they have a vacancy that matches your profile stored in their database.

You can save significant amount of time and effort by signing up with such agents.

Job listings and Résumé postings

This is where you can sell yourself in the job market. There are innumerable sites where you can post your résumé and find more than a million listings of vacancies such as www.monsterindia.com, http://www.naukri.com, www.jobsahead.com, www.jobstreet.com, www.jobsforyou.com, and the like. Employers and recruiters are able to search electronically through such extensive compilations of CVs for `key words' that point out an individual's qualifications. Make the most of such websites to stand a better chance.

Homepage portfolios

If you own your own website, you have every chance of modifying or creating your own homepage to pass information.

Take every care to furnish information that could be of interest to the prospective employer and of course, to consultancy firms as well.

Pep up samples of your work with audio and video recordings of your presentations. Include all those letters of recommendations, news media clips and of course, photographs. In a nutshell, arrange all the relevant information in a manner that attracts prospective employers to your site.

If you don't have a domain name yet, it's high time you got one. All you have to do is put aside a small amount of money and register with several sites that allow you to create your domain with them. Some people go by the low-price leader GoDaddy while simple-sounding Register.com sways others. Yahoo and Network Solutions are some of the other popular ones. The biggest difference among all these registrars is how much they charge for registration and what extras they offer.

Online training

Online training is quickly becoming an effective and efficient method of acquiring new skills at all levels, providing learners with total flexibility to learn at their own pace. Sites like www.trainingcenter.com allow you to get trained for a value pack. CBTs (Computer Based Training) are no different as they allow learners to be trained without specific timescales.

Weblogs are usually updated sites that point to the editorials elsewhere on the Web often with comments. They're often perceived as enablers for assembling and archiving knowledge within the community of practice.

Classroom weblogs are being used for collaborative group learning, e.g. one group of learners poses questions while another responds with the relevant answer. They can be of much help as they assist learners to construct new knowledge through self-expression and interaction with peers.

`Network' is the mantra

You'd want to be an active participant in online discussions, for, hundreds of people get to know you, your background and your skill sets. Sites like http://forums.webhosting.info (on web hosting), http://www.bluegeckonetwork.com/forum/ (on web design, Internet marketing, macromedia, etc), http://qaforums.com/ (on software testing& quality assurance), http://www.vbforums.com/ (on VB) help you discuss much more on the relevant subject.

You can also count on the alumni sites and newsgroups for networking. Locate them on Google by clicking `Groups'.

To discover your school's alumni chat room, visit your university's homepage or try Google University search at http://www.google.com/universities.html

Keep in mind however, that it is prudent not to splash your résumé all over the web, but focus on posting them on specific sites. Also, don't bother applying for a job where you don't fit in. For, when your key words don't match, your profile doesn't get looked at. Keep an eye on new sites; keep reading newspapers and newsgroups to keep you updated with current trends and issues. Happy hunting!

Roopa Hegde

Roopa.hyd@cnkonline.com

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