5 Tips to Registering on Job Portals

5 Tips to Registering on Job Portals


When you’re looking to apply to new jobs, one of the first things you have to do is register on the job portal that’s used by the company you’re applying to. In fact, many employers won’t even consider your application if you don’t register. Here are five tips to registering on job portals in a way that puts your best foot forward and increases your chances of getting hired.


1) Save time with your CV

It’s easy to fall into a pattern of attaching your CV and cover letter when applying for positions online. If you do it often enough, you’ll soon have 50 copies of your CV floating around. Instead, come up with a list of 5-10 job portals that you like and can find positions in; register once and cut-and-paste your CV (taking care to update each submission). That way, you won’t waste time uploading documents each time you apply for a new position. And if you end up applying for a position through an agency or recruiter, they’re likely to ask for your CV anyway. So there’s no need to upload more than one copy.


2) Think about your cover letter

Of course, it’s important that you tailor your cover letter and resume for each position, but before you even start thinking about what information should go in those documents, spend some time thinking about how you will approach an employer. Before sending out a resume and cover letter for any job opening, make sure you know everything about them. Who are they? What do they do? What are their goals? If an employer is using online portals to review applications from job seekers all over the world, why should yours stand out? Take a moment to really think about why you’re qualified for that position. Find details that set your application apart from others in addition to making sure every sentence in your application demonstrates mastery of skills and knowledge relevant to that role. You can find these opportunities by asking yourself questions like: What do I want to say about myself? How would I describe my strengths and accomplishments? or What am I most proud of in my career thus far? These are questions worth asking, as they can help you create a more meaningful application. When crafting your cover letter, consider doing something different than other applicants—show off your personality or try sharing something unique about yourself. Make sure it sounds genuine! The goal here is not just to apply for jobs but also to show employers who you are as a person and let them know why you'd be a great fit at their company. Be creative! Stand out!


3) Where should you start looking?

There are many job boards and portals out there that cater to specific industries, from finance and healthcare to retail and management. The easiest way to get started is by Googling industry name + job board. For example, if you're looking for a career in marketing, try searching for marketing job board. You'll likely find several reputable sites you can register with right away. That said, if you want to save yourself some time (and trees!), it's worth it to look at aggregators like SimplyHired or The Ladders. Both list thousands of active jobs at multiple sites within their respective industries and will give you a good idea of where your industry is recruiting—and how much competition there is. As an added bonus, they also offer job alerts so you don't miss any opportunities as they come up.


4) How to create an online presence

Whether you’re looking for your first job or interested in changing careers, having an online presence is vital to standing out from other candidates. A personal website—whether it’s a simple resume page or something more interactive—allows you to tell your story and demonstrate value. The best part? It doesn’t have to be complicated! From making sure that your social media presence is up-to-date (which will help potential employers discover you) and setting up a video interview website, creating an online presence shows recruiters and hiring managers that you’re serious about advancing your career. And since most job postings are now posted online, your site will also give you a leg up when applying for jobs. No matter what type of work you’re seeking, we encourage all students to consider investing in an online presence.


5) Use job sites effectively

Using job sites effectively means not just filling out your personal details and sending off a résumé. The process is much more nuanced than that. Be sure to research and read each site's guidelines before signing up—some job portals, for example, might want you to upload samples of work, or have strict privacy settings in place so that employers can't contact you directly; others might require you register at their partner site first before applying for jobs. Other considerations include whether or not you should fill out every field in your profile (there's rarely any reason not to fill out all of them), if it's worth it to pay extra for premium services offered by some sites, and how and when you should reach out after being contacted by a company interested in your qualifications. Read on for five tips to help you get started with using job sites effectively.

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