Published on May 11th, 2010 | by drkkr


E–Recruitment and the E-Generation

The Internet is no longer just a rage; it has now become a very powerful and effective tool at everybody’s disposal. The Internet population in India is estimated to touch 50 million users in the next three years. Research indicates that 25 percent of all Internet users search for jobs online. Companies are generally starting to discover that the simple action of advertising a vacancy in the newspaper is no longer adequate means for successful recruitment. The process of waiting for a response, short-listing candidates and appointing an individual is both a timely exercise and is not delivering the results the company desires. As said by Mr. Narayana Murthy, “My Company’s assets walk out of the door every evening,” truly captures the dynamics of new economy. With such a great emphasis on human capital, it is becoming critical for every organization to resort to means that offer quality recruitment solutions at competitive costs. This is where the realm of e -Recruitment starts.

“e-recruitment” also known as “online recruitment” refers to the process of recruiting employees by theemployer or recruitment agency using web based tools. Many organizations are using Internet as a source of recruitment. They advertise job vacancies through worldwide web. The job seekers send their applications or curriculum vitae (CV) through an e-mail using the Internet. Alternatively job seekers place their CV’s in worldwide web, which can be drawn by prospective employees depending upon their requirements. The common forms of e-recruitment currently used and the important ones among them are Job boards: These are the places where the employers post jobs and search for candidates. Candidates become aware of the vacancies. One of the major disadvantages is, it is generic in nature. Naukri, Monster India, Jobs Ahead, Jobs DB, Job street India. Employer web sites: These sites can be of the company owned sites, or a site developed by various employers. Professional websites: These are for specific professions, skills and not general in nature. For an example, for HR jobs Human Resource Management sites to be visited like The professional associations will have their own site or society.

With the Internet buzzing with social media, there are similarly many ways to use social media in order to network, and eventually find a job. Whether you’re looking for your first job, exploring a career change, or just setting yourself up for future success, social media sites have proven themselves as important platforms for facilitating connections, demonstrating passions and interests, and ultimately landing you the job you actually want. Every one knows it’s possible to land a job with social media know-how but the bigger question is how?

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Networking is one of the most important components of job searching. Use these top social and professional networking sites to enhance your career and boost your job search. If you can get past the initial fear of communicating with a complete stranger, you’ll have a much better chance of landing the job you want. It’s definitely risky to take an unconventional approach to the typically staunch application process, but doing so might make you stand out from all the rest.

LinkedIn: If you’re not already on LinkedIn, you definitely need to be. Basically, it’s a site that allows you to connect to people you know. It also allows you to see profiles of anyone else on LinkedIn, and gives you ways to connect to them. My suggestion is that use the Recommendations link to get more recommendations on your profile. Adding a professional headline would help catch the recruiter’s attention.

Twitter: The best part of Twitter is that it allows you to connect with people you don’t know, based on common interests. Twitter comes handy with job search because of its basic networking, Job postings, and company’s tabs. My suggestion keep proactively tweeting about your job search and always keep your name as twitter name since it will help in your search engine results.

Facebook: Facebook is primarily for connecting with friends or people you know and reconnecting with people in your past. But, it can also be an effective networking tool. Frequently update your job search status to remind everyone that you are still looking for job. My suggestion is tag your friends and your message will spread quickly.

You might be asking yourself, if somebody has the skills that an employer requires, why are all of the above criteria important? The short answer is that nowadays employers rarely hire just skills and are looking for much more of a complete package – skills plus a well-rounded individual that fits well with their team and company. With the emergence of social media sites and their user bases growing by the millions. A person’s social media footprint gives employers the best insight into your passions, interests, communication styles, work habits, work/life balance and all sorts of other valuable information.

Simply put, it helps an employer get to know you and get comfortable with you before a single word has even been exchanged. So think about it, if you had the choice to consider a cold plain text resume or an actual person with common interests, passions and work/life style, wouldn’t the choice be obvious?

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15 Responses to E–Recruitment and the E-Generation

  1. Komal says:

    Good One SIR!! 🙂

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  3. karthick says:

    Interesting blog… social media is here to stay.

  4. usha Nandhini says:

    This blog has inspired so much so that i have update all my LinkedIn, Facebook and twitter accounts. Real eye opener of sorts. Having been using them for a while but never took them seriously. Nice post …

  5. rupali rao says:

    Really good post sir..i knew about sites like monster, naukari etc but d info on specific job sites is new to me..n who knew dat der wer ways to actually use social networking sites to look for jobs…thank u sir

  6. Thank you I will now call on this blog every day!

  7. hemen parekh says:

    Aggregating job advertisements from several sources and then making these ” searchable ” on one platform, is indeed, a great ‘ time – saving ‘ feature for the jobseekers.

    But, more often than not, such a platform turns out to be a great ‘ pain –giving ‘ exercise!

    There is not much of an advantage if clicking on any job-link in the job aggregator, simply transports the jobseeker to the concerned ‘ source ‘ .

    If she feels like ‘ applying ‘ against that job, she must

    > register on that jobsite

    > submit resume

    > login

    > then ‘ apply online ‘

    Now imagine having to submit resume on dozens of job-portals and having to remember all those passwords!

    And having to keep shuttling between the aggregating platform and those dozens of sources.

    This is where differs.

    This is where a jobseeker can ” Apply Online ” against any job-advt. irrespective of the originating source.


     one Submit Resume
     one login
     one page
     one click

    Coming to think of it, when conducting a job-search, does a jobseeker care a hoot from where you have aggregated a job-advt., as long as she can see the Employer’s name / position advertised / salary offered / posting location and other details ?

    And if the service is free ?

    With regards

    hemen parekh

    Jobs for All = Peace on Earth

  8. Anandh says:

    I was asked to go through this blog by a friend of mine.This blog shows new perspectives of e recruitment and i being a recruiter have opted to check out on all these sites. On seeing the comments and the one by Parekh it goes without say that social media does have a major say in recruitment.. I also checked their site.Very Informative blog…. waiting for more such interesting articles…… Cheers 🙂

  9. Sofia says:

    Really good post sir..i knew about sites like monster, naukari etc but d info on specific job sites is new to me..n who knew dat der wer ways to actually use social networking sites to look for jobs…thank u sir

  10. hemen parekh says:

    Are jobseekers right in asking ,

    Where is the level playing field ?

    63 years after Independence, Indian Recruiters are still asking the candidates ,

     What community do you belong to ?

     What does your father do for living ?

     Which is your home state ?

     Why did you divorce ?

     What is your mother tongue ?

     Who is prime minister of Hungary ?

    Jobseekers are wondering :

    ” Does my work-performance in this Organization depend

    upon what my answers are ? ”

    Am I just exaggerating ? Has anyone experienced similar

    irrelevant questions ?

    Do questions get ” tailored ” according to the candidate

    sitting in front of the Recruiters ?

    And what questions are Recruiters elsewhere asking ?

    With regards

    hemen parekh

    Jobs for All = Peace on Earth

  11. sangeethaa says:

    thank you sir!!!! it helps to develop the winning edge……..

  12. I found your blog using Google and I must say this is one of the most informative blogs I have read in a while. I will make sure I come back to read your future posts.

  13. Ejaz Bava says:

    “The Age of E-CITIZEN” – Brilliant and way informative, Thank you so much sir!!!

  14. Samantha says:

    As a college graduate student, I have had plenty of experience with applying for jobs online. My college actually has a website set up that is almost like a virtual career fair. Any companies that come to our university can post openings on there. The students then submit resumes for the company to either approve or deny for an interview. Once a student is accepted for an interview, they can sign up for an interview time slot for the particular day that representatives from that company will be on campus conducting interviews.

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