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Should You Post Your Resume on Job Boards?

Most job boards such as Careerbuilder, Monster, Hot Jobs, etc. provide two services to candidates:
  1. Candidates apply to specific job postings
  2. Candidates post their resume on a job board.
Your resume can be viewed by thousands of potential employers and sales recruiters throughout the country. We are frequently asked: "Should I post my resume on a job board?" To answer this question, let's first take a look at the pros and cons of both applying to specific job postings and of posting your resume on a job board's resume database.

Job Postings

Pros
  • You have total control as to which companies or opportunities you are applying for. This allows you to be highly selective.
  • You are able to custom tailor your resume and your cover letter as you see fit per opportunity (assuming you know what company you are applying for).

Cons
  • Time: depending on how many positions you are applying for this method can be fairly time intensive. Especially if you are applying for jobs posted on multiple job boards.

Posting Resume on Job Boards

Pros
  • Anyone that pays for access to the job board database (whether sales recruiters or  company) has access to your resume, assuming they use the right search criteria to find you. Thus, there are many jobs and opportunities not advertised through postings or company career websites. This could be the only way that you'd ever know about them.
  • More reactive: employers and headhunters typically reach out to you via email or phone.

Cons
  • Because anyone that pays for access can view your resume, it's likely that you will be inundated with phone calls from recruiters. This can be overwhelming at times, especially if the company you work for currently or in the past is well-known.
  • Lack of control. If you know that your current employer has access to the resume databases and uses them to search on a consistent basis, it many be wise not to post your resume. You may get a call from your current employer asking you why you are looking for a new position. Yikes.

Making your Resume Confidential

The other alternative is to make your resume confidential. To do this:
  • Make company name "Confidential"
  • Make sure that your resume does not include your name, address, or anything else that would tip off your employer.
  • Recruiters will need some form of contact information, whether phone or email.
  • If your name is Jane Doe, make sure your email listed is not something to the effect of Janedoe@gmail.com.

In essence, if you feel the pros outweigh the cons then post your resume on the job boards. You may be contacted about the opportunity that is the perfect fitfor you!