Finding A Job On the Web

Here's what you need to know before you post your résumé online

the likes and dislikes of the human resources professionals looking on the Web.

“As you prepare your résumé, you need to know the language of your industry and make sure it has those specific keywords that employers are looking for and industry leaders are talking about,” says Dikel. Be specific about skills, qualifications and certifications, and include these things in a summary on your résumé, she advises. List the software packages you know and name the professional associations you belong to.

Having an electronic résumé lets you answer job openings listed via e-mail or the Web. Several programs and Websites will walk you through the process of creating an e-résumé. “I used a program called Résumémaker Deluxe to help me get set up,” says Dorsey. “It formatted my résumé and posted it on job boards-all with the touch of a button.”

Regardless of the ease of posting online, there are potential pitfalls. Dorsey complains that not being able to remove his résumé from the site caused some problems later. “I was still getting calls after I’d accepted a position.” Other posting drawbacks include spamming and getting loaded with offers that are unr
elated to that which you are seeking. Keep in mind that you give up control of your résumé once it gets posted.

When choosing a résumé site, carefully review the posting and removal policies. You’ll also want to double check who can have access to your résumé: It’s become common for less ethical recruiters to send robots onto sites to collect “inactive” résumés to present to their clients.

Every culture has its myths and the Internet is no different. One legend warns of résumé “pirates” stealing employment history information from résumés they find on the Web to create better résumés for themselves. Bolles says this kind of story is hard to believe. Other rumors tell of employees being fired after having their résumés discovered on the Internet. Anderson offers, “I think that the employers on the Web understand the technology and wouldn’t be alarmed.”

Bolles warns that some résumé sites are not all that people think they are. “If you consider how many employers visit a site compared to how many résumés are posted there, you’ll see that these sites work to the advantage of the employers and the disadvantage of the job hunters.” Instead of posting your résumé and hoping for a response, take a proactive approach to job hunting online.

“Posting on a job board is not circulating your résumé,” says Dikel. “You still have to do other activities, such as researching, contacting employers directly and networking.” As the marketplace continues to move faster and become increasingly more competitive, the Internet provides an arena for companies to be proactive in employee searches.

Your strategy as a job hunter should be to use the Internet for its ability to help you locate potential employers, emphasize the experience and skills they seek and contact those employers. The perfect job for you is out there. Log on and go get it!

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