Finding IT employment in India is a snap, if you use the right job search tools.Finding a job to apply to is easier than ever before. Gone are the days when job seekers had to visit different companies, or blindly send out resumes, to find a job. The advent of the Internet has led to the creation of job portals that make it easier to search and reach a large number of employers across India and the world. The Internet has literally brought job seekers and potential employers closer together.

The process is rather simple: job seekers register themselves on these job portals by uploading their resumes, updating their skill-sets and create an online profile. The profiles are made visible on the job portals where recruiters search for and browse among any number of profiles. Job portals, apart from just creating a database of your profile, help you find matching jobs as per your skill set. They even email matching job alerts directly to you.

Below are the top online job portals in India. These portals are used by millions of job seekers on a daily basis.

Naukri.com — Naukri, founded in 1997 is India’s top job search engine. Naukri presently has more than 44 million registered job seekers and, according to internet analytics, holds 70 percent of the Indian online job market. Naukri helps candidates find a desired job utilizing its network of clients and companies across all industries. A useful monthly report, Naukri JobSpeak, focuses on the recent hiring activities across various industry sectors, including IT.

An easy to use interface helps candidates build an impactful resume and create profiles quickly. Naukri also provides a massive list of hundreds of preparatory and upskilling courses to help candidates prepare for industry certifications and a general sharpening of in-demand skills. Their IT section alone contains more than 100 courses. To complete the package, Naukri also has a job messenger feature that alerts registered users to potential job. If you’re in India and looking for work, then Naukri should be your first stop.

MonsterIndia.com — Monster India is one of the most popular websites for Indian job searchers. Monster, owned and operated by Monster Worldwide, Inc., is also the largest employment website in the world. Launched almost 20 years ago, Monster has a great reputation of utilizing its vast databases of employers and job seekers to help each find desirable matches in an easy and simple manner.

Besides providing a job search option, Monster also provides career and job searching advice with thousands of well-researched and written articles by industry and subject matter experts. This gives an added advantage of helping candidates prepare for interviews and provides tips on writing a solid resume. Monster’s privacy feature enables candidates to maintain the confidentiality of their personal details by blocking specific companies from viewing your profile — this keeps your current employer from knowing that you’re thinking about leaving.

TimesJobs.com — TimesJobs is owned and operated by “The Times Group” and is one of the more popular job search portals in India. They refer to themselves as the “blue-eyed boy of recruiters and aspirants alike.” The site offers a database of over 10 million candidates, with 20,000 new resumes uploaded daily, and a complete listing of jobs from more than 25,000 business clients. The jobs found on TimesJobs are primarily based throughout India and the Middle East, and are completely searchable by industry.

TimesJobs pioneered the idea of job fairs in India and is a huge sponsor of numerous fairs across the country. These fairs bring together job seekers and some of the biggest and best-known companies in India. They also maintain a strong alliance with the military as a means to employment for former soldiers. TimesJobs also offers a paid career service StepAhead which provides personalized services for resume distribution, job search management, and profile verification services. Profile verifications include work and educational backgrounds in order to present a profile trusted by recruiters. They also offer a wide array of articles and guides to help in career building and job interviews.

CareerBuilder.co.in — CareerBuilder India is one of India’s fastest growing job portals today. Although trailing behind Monster and Naukri, it is increasing in popularity and use by job seekers and employers. Experienced professionals as well as freshers seem to enjoy this site. Candidates can store up to five resumes and covers letters during searches and have the option to create up to five search agents to have preferred job listings emailed to you.

The user interface is also straightforward and simple to use. Candidates simply upload their resume and begin searching for jobs. If you are concerned about privacy, CareerBuilder does allows searching for jobs without having to upload a resume.

CareerBuilder India also offers a neat little Affiliate Program which allow you to earn money by linking the job search tool to your own site.

Indeed.co.in — Indeed is another popular job portal in India. No bells and whistles here; Indeed is simple and straightforward and offers a wide range of job listings aggregated from thousands of company sites and job boards across all industries. Along with job searching, Indeed also offers tips on career development and management via articles and guides.

You also don’t need to log in to use their services, and you can set up your job searches where the results are sent to your email automatically. Indeed also provides comprehensive company reviews to help candidates conduct research before applying or interviewing.

Finding IT employment in India is a snap, if you use the right job search tools.LinkedIn.com — Although mainly a professional networking service website, LinkedIn is a great employment resource. Its value to job seekers cannot be overstated. A LinkedIn profile is basically a resume of your skills and work experience. It also enables you to connect with colleagues and professionals in your field.

Based on your privacy settings, recruiters can view your profile and make contact. You control the degree of privacy, allowing your profile to be visible to all, or narrowing the field to just close friends and associates. Recruiters can also post available job openings. This aspect of LinkedIn is becoming increasingly popular with many employers now asking candidates to apply with their Linked in profiles only. LinkedIn is huge and growing larger every day. More than 350 million registered members use the site as a way to stay connected and look for employment opportunities.

Shine.com (Shine) — Shine is another Indian job portal that is gaining popularity. Although smaller than other more established job portals, Shine is India’s fastest-growing recruitment portal. Launched by the Indian mass media company “Hindustan Times,” Shine currently has more than 17 million candidates registered for their services. Registering is free and, once you’ve submitted your profile, Shine provides instant feedback on your earning potential utilizing an internationally proven salary benchmarking tool. Along with job services, Shine provides expert guidance, career counseling, and interview advice via articles and guides.

Shine also has a large outreach through their print product, Shine Jobs, the weekly job supplement of the Hindustan Times, thereby offering enhanced features and a better end-user experience for candidates and employers.

Which one will you pick?

While there are a number of other good job portals in India, the ones mentioned above are those most widely used. If you’re looking for the right position, or just interested in potential opportunities, any of these sites are well worth your time.