Looking for a new role or a job change? Here are the top online job search platforms in India that can help you land your next job.
India is yet to recover from the economic repercussions of the global pandemic that started more than a year ago. The lockdowns forced businesses to shutter and they resorted to massive lay-offs to survive. Last year – deemed as the worst for the job market in India – around 10.9 million jobs were lost across industries.
According to a February 2021 LinkedIn Job Seeker research, 75% of Indian professionals are likely to consider changing jobs or actively look for new roles till February 2022. However, the good news is that nearly 65% of employers have stated that they may return to pre-covid hiring levels in the first quarter of 2021.
Amid these trying times, with the competition high and the market yet to recover, searching for employment opportunities is bound to be daunting. If you are looking for a new role or a career change, one thing that can come in handy is knowing the right job search portals.
According to Statista, in 2020, 21% of employers in India preferred hiring employees through job portals. These portals provide easy access to employment opportunities across industries, no matter where you are located.
Here are the top job search platforms in India that can help you land your next job (in no particular order)
Founded in 1997, Naukri.com provides hiring-related services to job seekers, recruiters, and placement agencies. One of the first job portals in India, it is free to use and accounts for around 60% of the market share in the Indian job search market.
On Naukri, users can easily filter job preferences and choose jobs based on company and location. For job seekers, the website offers various tools. For instance, ‘career dashboard’ helps you to compare your salary with others in the same position and know the demand for your skills. ‘Your next career move’ tool helps you find the most common career transition from your current organization.
The ‘skills trends’ tool can be used to get details regarding the trending skills and top skills by industry. ‘Naukri lab’ can be used to predict salary, explore different organizations and roles, find organizations your alumni are working at, and more.
Naukri also has a premium subscription plan costing INR650 (around US$9) per month. The premium plan offers additional services such as higher ranking in recruiter searches, the ability to send messages to recruiters at any time, and priority access to jobs.
Naukri claims to have over 5,40,000 jobs live at any point, over 59,500 unique clients, and 1,60,000 recruiters. With offices in 47 cities in India, Dubai, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, and Bahrain, the company claims to have over 69 million users.
2. Monster India
A global online employment portal, Monster expanded to India in 2001. Headquartered in Hyderabad, Monster India is suitable for those seeking jobs both in India and abroad.
Users can set up their profile for free, either on Monsterindia.com or on its app, available on both iOS and Android. The company lets users search for jobs according to skills, title, industry, location, education, and more. Additionally, it has sections dedicated to freshers as well those seeking remote work. Along with job listing, Monster India also offers career tips and resume services.
They have collaborated with the Indian Air Force Placement Cell (IAFPC) and the Indian Navy Placement Agency (INPA) to provide suitable second career options for retired and shortly retiring Air and Navy personnel. Monster India has also started ‘Rozgarduniya.com’ – a job portal exclusively for job seekers in rural India, to help them find corporate jobs.
While LinkedIn is a popular professional networking site, it can be a powerful job search tool as well. Once you set up a profile, LinkedIn allows you to connect with professionals across the globe. Your profile in itself works as a resume where you can add skills and get it endorsed by your connections.
One of the most useful LinkedIn features for job seekers is the ‘Open to Work’ feature. Once this feature is enabled, and you have specified the job opportunities and the location you are interested in, it will notify you of relevant roles. Along with this, your profile will also show up for recruiters looking for suitable candidates.
Additionally, you can manually search for roles by filtering job title, company, location, and pay grade. LinkedIn has over 30 million companies with 20 million open job listings, which vary from entry-level to executive-level positions.
Amid the pandemic last year, LinkedIn also launched the ‘Career Explorer’ tool, which is designed to help job seekers transition to a new career path. The tool maps the job seeker’s existing skills to match them with new opportunities.
Furthermore, it provides useful analytics on who has viewed your profile, your ranking for the role you have applied for, roles where you would be a top applicant, and more. However, to enjoy the full extent of these features, you have to subscribe to LinkedIn Premium, which costs INR 1,400 (around US$19) per month.
Another leading online job portal in India, Shine.com has over 15,000 companies listing more than 300,000 jobs. Founded in 2008 by the Hindustan Times group, the company today claims to have over 34 million registered users.
Similar to other job portals, Shine lets you search jobs based on location, skills, courses, companies, and designation, and also lets you create a free job alert. It has a simple and easy interface to find and apply for jobs. What stands the company apart from its competitors is that it integrates the social media networks of candidates onto their profile.
Additionally, it offers paid services such as resume writing, where professionals help you to write and build your resume. Along with this, it offers cover letter writing, LinkedIn profile writing, and resume building templates, among others.
Job seekers can also pay INR 3499 (around US$47) for a month’s premium services such as resume builder, personalized cover letter, increased profile visibility, practice tests, and more.
A U.S.-based search engine founded in 2004, Indeed.com is one of the largest job search websites in the world. It claims to have over 250 million monthly users, with 10 jobs added every second globally. It has a presence in over 60 countries, including India.
Indeed works as a job aggregator website, which means that it displays job listings from all the local job portals. Thus, it essentially works as a search engine for jobs.
Indeed offers listings for internships as well as freelance, part-time, and full-time jobs. It has a minimalistic interface and allows you to easily search for jobs based on job title, company, pay grade, and location. You can upload your resume and apply to relevant jobs in a few clicks.
Additionally, Indeed has a company reviews section, where you can view the reviews of prospective companies before applying for a job. Indeed also offers a salary comparison tool to understand the industry average salary for your role. It also shows which cities pay the most for your role.
A plus side of the platform is that it is not required to create an account to access most of its services, such as searching for jobs or comparing salaries. However, you would need to create an account to receive job alerts, to upload your resume, and receive messages from recruiters.
Glassdoor is a great platform to not only find a relevant job but also to research a prospective employer. Founded in 2007 in the U.S., the company today boasts of 50 million unique monthly visitors, 70 million reviews, salaries, and insights, and 1.3 million employers.
Once registered, you can search for relevant jobs based on job title, company, and salary. One of the plus sides of the platform is that it lets employees anonymously rate and review companies, thereby helping job seekers understand the pros and cons of the workplace. You will be able to get a grasp on the work culture, get details such as whether salaries are paid on time, the opportunities for career growth, and more.
You can use the platform to compare salaries to understand if you are being paid as per the industry standards. Glassdoor also allows you to view the types of questions asked by a company during the interview and its difficulty level. These details can help you better prepare for the interview.
On the bright side, all these portals are free to use and lets you apply for your dream job without any hassle. However, applying for jobs on these platforms is only the first step; it doesn’t guarantee employment.
As a job seeker, you should steer clear of the biggest career mistakes you can make and thoroughly research the market, understand the skills that are in demand in your industry, and work towards improving them. It is also imperative that you adequately research your prospective employer to ensure it is the right fit for you and to avoid any job frauds.
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