I love it when readers offer their own job search experience to help fellow job seekers. (I hope you’ll add your tips, too.) Recently one such reader was kind enough to tell us about her experiences, including interview results, when she posted her resume on different online Job Boards.
When I asked if I could put her “reviews” into a post about this topic, she generously said yes. So here they are. Thank you, ShaLisa!
Job Boards she used and results she got from posting
♦ “I posted [my resume] on Monster, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn and Indeed. I only received one response from Monster that was worth pursuing.”
♦ “I received several calls and emails from Recruiters from CareerBuilder.”
=> EXTRA TIP: “Recruiters have alerts set, so when a new resume is posted, they receive an email and start calling, often with the same position.”
♦ “LinkedIn and Indeed were the best resources for me. I received “connection request” and emails directly from HR at companies seeking employees from both of these sites.”
=> EXTRA TIP: “I set up alerts on Indeed, so I was able to apply as soon as an employer posted a position fitting my criteria.”
More advice from ShaLisa about job seeker’s role in all this
“… the JobSeeker has to do their part. We still have the responsibility of searching, posting, be available and researching potential employers.”
So true! It’s a lot of work, but it can get you to where you want to go a lot faster. Sometimes I get comments from people who say they posted their resume in a lot of places, and still haven’t heard anything back.
If you’re doing a lot more than that … great. But if all you do is post to online sites and wait and wait and wait, you are missing out on a lot of chances.
=> Getting My Job Search Started Right! (with Examples)
So which Job Boards are right for you?
Of course, those are just ShaLisa’s results. Each person will find that their job search experience is different, because of things like their background, level of job, date / time of year they’re looking, or even just the luck of timing.
You never know when a job that matches you will become available. Or when someone without an open position yet happens upon your resume and says “I’d like to know more about this person.”
So by all means use the same sites ShaLisa did, but also make sure you browse company sites, network with people you know or once knew, and put yourself in positions where you may meet new people to connect with.
BONUS: While we’re at it … how she built her resume
“Faced with my employment ending within a month of being notified (the company was closing), I needed to quickly visit my dusty resume to secure my new ‘forever’ job. Before I decided to post an updated version, I searched for assistance on-line.
It had been a while, and I had writer’s block. [NOTE: This something most job seekers feel.] After reading the small print and looking at sample resumes on various sites, I decided to use what I know.
I pulled out my former Word format, searched for “sample” wording on-line, reviewed, spell checked and asked a few trusted friends to read it and provide any changes they would make. Some suggestions were incorporated, others were not.
One thing that helped me was to make a list of what I wanted to target on my resume as I have had a variety of responsibilities, but some of them I no longer wanted to do. Once posted on-line, I received calls, had interviews, and received offers.”
=> MORE: Tips for Writing Resumes and Cover Letters (with Examples)
A few more thoughts
I love the way ShaLisa tells her story about building her own resume, which plays such an important role in your job search. Her attitude has the same “I’ll find a way” quality that her job search had. If you can tell yourself just one thing, even when things feel dark, it is exactly that: “I will find a way!”
What’s your experience with Job Boards?
If you’ve ever used a Job Board or other place to post a resume or find a job, please feel free to share your experience and / or your review of the site in a comment below. Thank you!