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Least Favorite Job Search Phase
The Posting Puzzle Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

This past week I moderated a panel of six headhunters and corporate recruiters in Teaneck NJ. One of the questions that caused a heated debate was whether or not you should post your resume online when you are in active search mode. I figured that it was a good time to provide you with my opinion on the subject.

As with so many job search related questions, there is no one right answer. Everyone you meet may have a slightly different opinion about which boards to try, which ads to respond to, and which headhunters to work with. The thing to do is to take in all the opinions and then make a decision about which feels right to you.

When you are searching for a job, the most important thing you can do is to let everyone know. In my first blog, The Never Ending Interview, I told you that you can even tell the person next to you on line at the supermarket that you are looking. Of course, you shouldn't be pushy or have a "woe is me attitude" when you tell people, because they will be less likely to help you. But, with a well crafted "elevator pitch" you can find many people who are willing to at least brainstorm with you and give you some ideas to try that you may not have thought of.

So, do I think you should post your resume online? Absolutely and positively YES. While I believe this advice serves the large majority of job seekers, I'd like to mention why some experts have suggested against this:

  • Headhunters may recommend against posting online because they will be unable to present you to certain companies who have paid for access to the job boards. If you plan to search with the help of a headhunter, you may want to contact a few first before starting to post online.

  • Many corporate recruiters in HR departments post jobs on their company’s career page rather than maintaining a contract with one of the major job boards. Despite the increase in the number of recruiters searching on the social media sites and on their own career sites, a significant number are still searching the major boards BEFORE they reach out to headhunters for help. So your resume needs to be posted there to be found.

In either case I recommend that you have a COMPLETE and professional LinkedIn profile – that is one point neither headhunters nor corporate recruiters will argue about.

Now, do I think you need to post your resume on all the sites out there? Absolutely NO! It's just not the best use of your time. Post your resume on one or two of these boards - Monster, CareerBuilder or Hotjobs. Then, search for niche sites related to your industry or profession and post on some of the most popular ones. And, as I mentioned above, consider posting on company career sites of some of the leaders in your industry.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
Take charge of your job search and do what is best for you personally and professionally. Have a presence on the most effective job boards for your profession and also on online networking sites such as LinkedIn. What are you waiting for? Get posting! Then make a beeline to your front door and head straight to a local networking event where the next person you meet just might help you land your next job.
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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!