The Internet has significantly enhanced the jobseeker's job "search-ability". It has also made applying for jobs faster and much more convenient.

But, best of all, an online CV increases a jobseeker's exposure to potential employers and recruiters. What this means, in a nutshell, is that candidates who have posted their CVs online have a better chance of being found.
"Recruiters no longer have to wait for candidates to respond to an advert in a newspaper or on their website. They can actively seek-out candidates so, a well-constructed CV becomes a powerful marketing tool for a jobseeker. It puts them out there and helps get them noticed.
"An online CV, combined with a proactive search and application approach, boosts the chances of a meeting with the right recruiter and, finding the right job," says Angelique Robbertse, Job Mail general sales manager.
To make an online CV work for them, jobseekers must take extreme care when constructing their resume. This must be coupled with a professional approach to applying for positions advertised online.
"Never forget that while the internet might seem like a faceless entity, your online CV or job application is being read by a live human whose perception and assumption of your character will depend solely on how you advertise and conduct yourself online. First impressions are lasting and it is crucial that you put your best foot forward to ensure that yours is a good one," says Robbertse.
And, it goes far beyond paying acute attention to spelling and grammar.
"Apart from being error-free, an online must be clear and concise. At the same time, it must be comprehensive and contain all the relevant information about you, your qualifications, skills and experience.
"Most online recruiters search resumes using keywords so it is also advisable to consider the keywords they might use to search for candidates in your field of expertise and drop these into your resume. This helps recruiters cut through the clutter and ups the odds of them being led to your resume. If you are unsure of how to construct an excellent online resume, use the CV templates provided on the website you are uploading your CV to," advises Robbertse.
Job Mail's website for instance features a structured CV template that is completed in tandem with a skills matrix which prompts user input on skills and experience to facilitate recruiters' searches using common criteria. The CV template can be semantically edited to ensure a professional-looking, easy-to-read CV.
The jobseeker search engine sorts search results by relevance rather than just alphabetically. This means the jobseeker does not need to scroll through pages of results, but instead will see their best-matched jobs more quickly.
Likewise, when a recruiter does a search based on the skills and qualifications criteria for a specific position, the most relevant search results will pop up first.
Ideally, CVs should be updated at least every two weeks and more often if you are actively seeking a job. That's because thousands of new CVs are uploaded onto online recruitment sites every single day and recruiters tend to search the more recently-posted resumes.
"Update regularly and stay ahead of other jobseekers," urges Robbertse.
When it comes to applying for jobs advertised online, Robbertse offers the following tips:
* Read the advert and job specifications clearly and don't apply for positions that you are not qualified for.
* When you do apply for a job, follow instructions and make sure you respond using the channel specified by the recruiter. For instance, if the requirement is to respond by completing an online application form or by e-mail, don't fax your application through or phone the recruiter.
* Be professional in your interaction (whether it be online, in an e-mail, over the phone or fax). Do not say anything that you wouldn't say to the recruiter in a face-to-face interview.
* Be concise and to the point in your communication. Recruiters don't have the time to sort through long reams of information. Say as much as you can to sell yourself in the least amount of words possible.
* Avoid asking questions or saying anything that could make it appear that you have not read the job spec properly or that you lack attention to detail. Read and re-read the advert several times before you respond with your application and then read and re-read your application before hitting "send".
* Use common e-mail etiquette. Do not type in capital letters, use abbreviations or send large files that could clog up the recruiters' system or take too long to download. If you are sending an e-mail remember to include a subject line.
* Don't format and decorate your CV with fancy fonts, colours and backgrounds. Keep it simple and professional.
Robbertse says it is also important to consider how you present yourself when it comes to recruiters initiate contact with you.
For instance, you should make sure that the voicemail message on your cell phone and/or landline is professional in case a potential recruiter needs to leave a message for you. Also, in the interests of privacy, you should use a free or personal e-mail address and phone number rather than using your work phone number or e-mail address.
"With Job Mail, jobseekers also have the opportunity to add links from the Job Mail profile to any one of the social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. They even have the ability to include links to You Tube videos. This incredible functionality broadens the jobseekers exposure to recruiters and helps paint a more comprehensive picture of who they are. Recruiters are also increasingly using social networking sites to look for, and headhunt, candidates.
"However, it is important for jobseekers to issue caution when using such links as obviously the key is to create a favourable perception. Obviously protecting privacy should also be a key concern and jobseekers should avoid allowing access to any of their personal information online," she cautions.
Robbertse concludes: "This is prime time for job-hunting and the internet presents a powerful and meaningful way for you to hook up with the right recruiters and hopefully pin-down your ideal job.
"Make the internet and your online CV work for you."