Sources of job listings
In today’s technology driven society most job seekers search for work on the Internet whether they’re looking to change jobs; in between jobs and looking for a new opportunity; or fresh out of school and brand new to the job market. There are two ways a job seeker can find job listings on the Internet: company websites and resume banks; the former is evidenced by the fact that most companies now have a special area on their websites which is dedicated to careers.
These days the perusal of a typical company website mentioned earlier will reveal listings of available positions from entry level to higher management, with the exception of executive positions which are often filled through head hunters and/or personal recruitment. And larger, more sophisticated companies allow a job seeker to create a professional profile on their website and upload his/her well-written resume.
This allows you – if you are in search of employment – to apply for an available position in which you are interested, while allowing the company’s recruiting team to match your resume to an available position they are looking to fill. Most companies list contact information for their available positions, so that you can reach out to the appropriate person and submit your resume for consideration.
Resume banks fill the job void
However, unless you are targeting a handful of organizations, consider the amount of time it would take you to review web sites and job postings of all the different companies in your area of interest. You would probably get frustrated and give up before accomplishing the goal. It is for this reason that resume banks – more commonly known as resume databases – have grown in popularity and are considered the better resource for job seekers.
These databases have two functions: first, they allow you to search a comprehensive listing of available jobs from a large number of companies; and second, they provide the facility by which you can upload your current resume and make it available for many of the same same employers you would have applied with to find you.
Popular resume databases such as monster.com and careerbuilder.com have been successful in building their online presence because they responded to the growing needs of companies looking for qualified personnel and professionals to fill their openings, as well as meeting the needs of busy professionals looking to expand their careers. Resume databases are usually free, and although you will be asked to register with the website, you should not have to pay any membership fees.
Register • Upload • Search
Of course there are a few sites that will allow you to search through a resume database without having to register; be mindful though, that these sites may restrict the number of jobs you can view, or the amount of details you can get from a job posting. In terms of convenience it can be said that registering with a resume bank has its benefits, in the sense that the amount of time, effort and frustration which many job seekers experience will be greatly reduced, because making your resume available to a large number of employers will no doubt, speed up the process.
When registering, include your contact information and your most up to date resume; but do not post a sample cover letter. Although they are mostly discarded from resume banks, cover letters are meant to be personalized, so posting a generic cover letter along with your resume doesn’t help you get noticed. More important than the cover letter is If you are seeking a new job while still working, which would justify any concerns you have about your employer finding your resume in one of these databases.
Some people recommend leaving current job information off the resume, but many professionals don’t want to do so because it is their current job that serves as that stepping stone to the next point in their careers, so it can create a dilemma in that respect. You can however, include a title and omit the company name, which would serve both purposes at the same time. Also, consider posting a functional or chronological resume, and make a note in your profile that a detailed and well-written resume can be emailed upon request.
Keeing your undated resume current
Make sure that the resume you have posted in the database is current; and make sure not to date your resume; this way it will not appear outdated to potential employers. Log into the website once every few months and update your profile and your resume if you are actively looking for a job (always provide most up-to-date contact information, even if you don’t have time to update the complete profile).
Resume banks, or databases as they are called, can help you gain access to a large number of job postings, so don’t avoid utilizing them; but make sure your profile and your resume are posted on reputable sites such as monster.com. If you are unsure of the credibility of the site, do a little research online and see what others have to say about it; and don’t rely on employers to find you. If you are actively searching for a new job, review the listings regularly and seek out the opportunities that best meet your career objectives.