Should you put your resume out on one internet job board? On 50? It really could get you a job. But there’s a down side too. Consider:
Your boss calls you into his office and closes the door. “Two days ago you posted your resume on an internet job board. Why are you quitting?” Are you looking forward to that conversation?
Want even more fun? You may not have posted your resume on the internet for 6 months. A job board you never visited may have bought your resume and posted it without permission. That way they can attract employers. I know one guy who got called in by his boss 2 years after he first posted his resume. The funny thing was that 2 years ago that posting got him his current job and the boss who was cross examining him.
One way to avoid this problem is to post a confidential resume. It isn’t very effective, but it will keep you from being recognized by all but those who know your background in detail. The problem is that you will get fewer responses to your posting.
Recruiters and resume blasting are a two sided coin. Putting your resume on a website may get you calls from a lot of recruiters. However, some recruiters refuse to work with candidates who have posted their resumes. The ones who refuse to work with you because you posted your resume online are far fewer in number, but tend to have the more exclusive job openings.
Posting your resume online can absolutely energize your job search. It can also be a long term problem. It is easier to post your resume than to get it off the internet.
If you decide to post to as many places as possible you may want to consider a service like ResumeRabbit. It can submit you to up to 85 sites instantly.
Something To Do Today
Go to ResumeRabbit and look at the places they will post your resume. Whether you use the service or not, you may want to look for job postings at some of those sites.
Tomorrow: Resume blasting – mail services
Later: Certifications – gold and lead