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Least Favorite Job Search Phase
Contention for your Attention Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Lately I have been receiving a variety of questions about specific job posting sites, especially sites that require an investment, and whether or not they are worth the expense. So now seems like a good time to focus our attention on some of these sites.

The following are, what I would consider, the top job search sites in contention for your attention. Of course, my absolute opinion is provided for your reading enjoyment as well.

1) The Oldies but Goodies: Monster, CareerBuilder & Hotjobs
If I were a job seeker, I would have my resume posted on all three of these sites. I purposefully would not hide my name or my e-mail address from the recruiters who are searching but I would avoid posting my salary at all costs. I would also set up overnight job searches or job search agents to automatically e-mail me new jobs that matched my preferences.

2) The Blasters: Resume Rabbit, ResumeViper & Resume Zapper
Besides these three sites, there are at least ten others. They all do approximately the same thing – they blast your resume to hiring managers and recruiters. The problem is this – if recruiters don't click on your resume and open it, what good does it do if your resume is in their mailbox? Plus, even if your resume is opened, it comes without a personalized cover letter and is not targeted for a specific job. Therefore, my recommendation is that you use these services only if they are free or if nothing else seems to be working. I would also research whether employers need to opt in to the service or whether they just receive resumes without asking. There is a major distinction.

3) The Six Figure Experts: The Ladders, Execunet & 6FigureJobs
Over the years, I have heard mixed reviews about these sites for 100K+ job seekers. Some people swear by them and others say that the positions on these boards are similar to positions they find elsewhere. Since 6FigureJobs is free, I'd search there for jobs, and I might even set up a profile. For the other two, which you have to invest in, I'd suggest paying for one month only and then determining if they are worth continuing for future months. If I had to pick one to start with, I'd pick The Ladders. I have had some personal success with that one.

4) The Diversity Sites: DiversityInc.com, diversityworking.com, minorityjobs.net
If you are a job seeker and you consider yourself to be a diversity candidate, I highly recommend that you let the world know about it. The fact is that most larger organizations these days have diversity programs and are trying to attract candidates to their sites. They are using specific boards to find you so if you want to be found, post your resume on at least a few on these sites. And if you post your resume on Monster, be sure to check off that you are a diversity candidate so that you are included in Monster's diversity database, which is sold to recruiters separately.

5) The Niche Sites: Dice, HigherEdJobs, HealthECareers, Medzilla, Biospace, MediaBistro, JobsInTheMoney, CareerBank, LawJobs, MarketingJobs, etc.
Every profession has a host of niche boards that are specific to their industry. Whether you should post your resume or profile on all of your niche boards is questionable, but you should definitely be searching on all of them weekly if not daily.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
In this economy, less is not more…instead, more is more. You have to work a little bit harder, wait a little bit longer, and get to hiring managers a little bit faster. Unless you have ESP, you don't know what exact thing that you do or site that you post on is going to be the ultimate ticket to your success. So, keep digging and keep at it. Eventually, your number will be up and you will be the one whose success I am talking about on my career wake up calls.
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!