Q: I've been job-hunting the old-fashioned way,
but am curious: Should I put my resume on all those online
career sites, given the millions already posted there?
A: Absolutely. If
you're like most of us, a new job is elusive quarry best tracked
with every possible bow in your quiver. There's no good reason
to skip an online resource that won't cost you a penny and could
even end up getting your resume onto the computer of a good
The major job destination sites such as
Monster, CareerBuilder and HotJobs aggregate thousands of job
leads for you, while letting recruiters sift through thousands
of resumes easily, potentially finding yours.
However, don't forget that finding a new job
takes hard work, dedication and focus. There's no easy route to
a greener career pasture, Internet or no Internet. And many
people wrongly assume that posting a decent resume with fine
education, skills and background is the bulk of the effort, said
Mike Worthington Jr., a co-founder of ResumeDoctor.com, a resume
and career guidance service based in South Burlington, Vt. (The
company sells resume preparation and advice only, and does not
compete with the job sites.)
Be realistic, he cautions.
"How many millions of resumes do they have?
It's a needle in a haystack. What are the chances of your resume
being found like that?" Worthington said. "You might as well
play the lottery."
The best approach is to post the resume, comb
the job listings germane to your search and then approach the
employer with a resume customized for the position being hired.
Your online curriculum vitae is a good backstop, akin to
dropping a business card with a potential client or business
Monster is the biggest of the online CV pack
with 45 million resumes, while Chicago-based CareerBuilder.com
has 12 million. The company is owned jointly by media giants
Gannett Co. Inc., Knight Ridder Inc. and Tribune Co. -- the job
section of newspaper classified advertising pages is also an
The process is interactive -- companies pay to
list their jobs, helping amass a pool of talent worldwide for a
particular position. Headhunting firms troll the sites for
clients, too, said Worthington, a former freelance recruiter for
large aerospace engineering companies. Some companies even use
the data as a way to keep tabs on the supply of talent for
And software in the process offers companies
unique advantages. For example, let's say you graduated from
Georgia Tech or Rice. For whatever reason, some company might be
set upon only candidates who attended those schools. Your skills
and experience might match your job rivals who studied
elsewhere, but the myriad data slice-and-dice features in much
of the sites' software allows recruiters to narrow their
searches to graduates of Georgia Tech and Rice. Suddenly, you're
ahead of the pack.
Jeffrey Taylor, founder of Maynard,
Mass.-based Monster WorldWide Inc., also theorizes that the
online world has "turned the paradigm" when it comes to the
interaction of employer and candidate, shifting some power to
those seeking a new position. You're the unknown talent
essentially advertising your abilities and data to a worldwide
audience of organizations that need someone like you.
Thus, they can approach you, soliciting a
And when you go into the interview, "You can
now say, 'I'm here because you called me,"' Taylor said.