Wednesday, 11 December 2013 17:41

Where should I post my resume?

Hands on KeyboardIn todays connected world we need to look at the Internet as out primary location for marketing ourselves when we are in that job market.  I am amazed at how often I hear the following questions....

"What sites should I be posting my resume on?"

"What recruiters should I be working with?"

The simple answer to either question is "All of them".  The reality is a bit different though.  As a job seeker you will have a limited number of hours in your day and you need to select how you will use these hours most effectively.  This drives the questions that I receive which would be more accurately phrased..

"Which Site/Recruiters should I prioritize in my search?"


Before You Start

Before you start your search online you need to have a job in mind and a good resume.  These topics are beyond the scope of this blog post, but I will suggest that you have a well written, professionally laid out resume and that you have one or more specific jobs that you are marketing yourself for.  You cannot effectively look for “Jobs in Information Technology” but rather need to scope this to “Windows Based LAN Administrator” or “Oracle Database Developer”.   If you have multiple skillsets then you might just be able to have two resumes and treat each as it’s own job search.


Once you have your resume in hand and you know what you are looking for you need to get your LinkedIn Profile to look spiffy.  LinkedIn is THE social network job seekers, recruiters and hiring authorities and it will be very hard to get hired if you do not have a good profile on LinkedIn.  Aside from it’s roles as a social network, LinkedIn is quickly becoming the go to resource for recruiters for sourcing candidates and posting jobs.

The reason behind LinkedIn’s dominance is two fold.  It creates a safe environment for the potential candidate to post their information even if they have a job already.  Everyone has a profile and unlike job boards you don’t need to worry that your boss will find your profile – instead it’s expected that you will be on LinkedIn.  This means that recruiters can access the widest range of candidates through LinkedIn and they can find people that are currently employed.

The second reason that LinkedIn is so popular with recruiters is the cost.  Certain functions are free like posting a job to a group or finding potential candidates within your network.  There are additional services that make the process more streamlined and these cost additional, but the price of an upgraded LinkedIn membership is very reasonable in comparison to other competing options.  This means that most of the recruiters that I know have some form of paid LinkedIn membership and consider it to be a necessity.

Job Boards and Websites

Your next step will be to submit your resume to Jobs Websites.  This may seem simple, but it can be daunting since there are so many choices.  A quick Google search for “Jobs Website” turns up 4.53 Billion results as of December 11, 2013.  This means that you can only choose a small fraction of these sites to post your resume and you need to choose based on where you will get the most success.

Opinions will vary regarding what websites are the best.  If you speak with different recruiters about where they source you will get varied opinions.  What I have noticed as a trend in the industry is that more and more recruiters are telling me that they don’t pay for any services any longer.  LinkedIn has shown us that this market is becoming commoditized and that prices are on a race to free.  Thus many recruiters are strictly using the free sites.  In addition, those who do pay for other services are also likely to use the free services as well.  Thus your first tier of resumes should go to the sites where your resume can be browsed for free

Tier 1 – Free to Browse Sites – This site allows recruiters to view profiles for free and see the candidates name and resume.  They try to separate you from the candidate by making you e-mail through the website and thus a few tricks can be used by the candidate. See this post for the tricks. – The ladders is an amazing site and it uses a “freemium” model.  The important part here is that a free account can view resumes including contact information.  This means that any recruiter can find you and contact you for free on TheLadders.  This site has far more detailed data then any other free site, but comes in second on my list since Indeed aggregates data from other sites and is thus more popular and has more data available.

Tier 2 – National Paid Sites – (Starting Price: $6000 /year) This site is well known, national and has a good depth of resumes.  It’s pricy to join, but they offer short-term resume search products that allow you to search for as little as $600 for two weeks. – (Starting Price: $575 /month) was the place to go job board wise just a few years back.  Today they are still a well-recognized brand, but they are no longer top dog for many recruiters.  Their per job model makes them attractive to smaller businesses that just need to hire a single person, but their prices can get steep if you are looking for an ongoing account.  Job Seekers should be posting resumes to knowing that they may pick up some of the small companies that are not able to afford more pricy sites. – (Starting Price: $7140 /year) is the big guy in the room when it comes to IT jobs.  They have sourcing of resumes and to a good job of matching candidates with posted jobs.  The problem with is that my last check had them at $595 a month for a service that gives you the real ability to find candidates.  If you are in technology you need to have your resume here, but you also need to remember that only larger firms with deep pockets are going to be picking you up.

Tier 3 – Local Sites

The third place to look are sites that are local and/or specific to your job desires.  These sites have much lower traffic, but the traffic is often much more focused.   You need to be looking for sites that are local or specific in order to round out your search and find more then just large recruiters and Fortune 500 companies.  Small recruiters, small businesses and government agencies all use and/or sponsor local and focused job sites.

Monday the 13th.