The dynamics of job search has changed everywhere be it emailing, online portals, walk-in's, social or professional networking. With the HR industry evolving and advancing for a quicker process, time becomes a total limit.

If I am looking for a job or contract, I just pick my cell phone and reach out to my most trusted connections across my contact list and professional networks like LinkedIn, but not everyone taps into the great power of such build up networks, so they reach out to job portals. 

So if you look for a job and have job portal or job boards to begin with, I think presentation below and key points in it will help you get through some serious strains in your job hunting. These 8 step will not only save your time but if you follow it thoroughly this will also help you stay focused in your job search,




  1. TAKE CHARGE: Well there is no one who knows your Job Profile better then you, every time you share your CV with your connections or reference, you provide additional information to meet your needs, but with job portals things get different altogether as you have to do it yourself, so make it count.
  2. BUILD LIST: Getting a good job that meets your profile is hard to find, specially when you are doing it wrong. So take time to put a list of shortlisted Job portals and other Job platforms for your job profile type and start adding your CV along with other details including online details of your profile required by that job portal, because just uploading CV does not make you standout.
  3. RATE IT: Once done with taking charge, building the list and updating you online CV, give it a break and wait for 4 days. After the waiting period is over look at the quality of job offers you receive because its time to rate it for its job results, quality & relevancy.
  4. PRIORITIZE: Rank your job portal list for its niche and performance to begin with your Job search and job offers you receive, you would not want to waste your time on less efficient platforms. This is a time where your list should not have more then 5 job portal names.
  5. SET TIMELINES: Set your ranked list timeline for the amount of time you will invest in your sorted list, Follow 20 – 15 – 15 – 5 – 5 rule, means you spend 20 minutes on the top job portal followed by 5 minutes on last job portal on you list. 
  6. CHECK LIST: Most of the job seekers forget to keep a log for the activity they do in their job search on job portals Add a check column to your list to track your updated details on all platforms. Remember every detail counts plus this helps you to keep yourself updated.
  7. KEYWORDS: Dumping your CV online and stuffing your online profile with irreverent details does not help recruiters find you, so keep in mind and take a moment to shortlist your job profile keywords carefully and the right keywords in your CV & online profile on these portals will helps recruiters from consultants and companies find you easily.
  8. SEARCH & APPLY: Waiting for recruiters to find your CV is never enough, so this is where you follow 20 – 15 – 15 – 5 – 5 rule to get the maximum benefit of job portals. Now that you are all set, take Action, Search and Apply for available Jobs.


Job Portals do have an amazing power to get your CV noticed but only if you do it right, read more tips on how to get your CV noticed in job portals.


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Mehar Bhagat
Mehar Bhagat
Mehar Bhagat is a Corporate Trainer, NLP Practitioner, Leadership & Management Coach and Motivational speaker. Having Human Resource and Training expertise.