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Ela
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I have never posted my resume on the web before.

I am currently job-hunting, but I will almost certainly find something without posting on the internet.

The only reason I am even considering it is that a nursing periodical I subscribe to is having a contest to give away some iPod minis. [Big Grin]
All I have to do to enter is use their resume builder on the web.

So, what do you think? Has anyone here ever posted their resume on the web? What are the advantages and disadvantages? And is it worth it just to get the (probably remote) chance of winning an iPod mini?

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TMedina
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If you do post your resume online, follow the usual precautions - do not post personal information that you wouldn't be comfortable with other people knowing.

I'd recommend setting up a "resume lead" email that you check periodically to avoid getting meaningless spam in your primary email box.

-Trevor

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Xavier
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I got about one email a week about a job offer when I posted my resume everywhere (Careerbuilder, Monster, others), but they weren't what I wanted at all. I think they use a very broad search criteria. Most offers were to do tech support, when my resume was for a programmer.
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Brinestone
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Jonathon and I have gotten some good contacts from companies that found our resumes online. So I'd say go for it.
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KarlEd
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The only problem I heard about was when a co-worker posted his resume on the web. The company didn't know he was looking for a job elsewhere, but found out when his resume came up as they were searching internet resumes for job candidates. It wasn't tragic, but he was pretty embarrassed.
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TMedina
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Monster.com (for example) has the option of making your resume non-searchable by your current employer.

This, however, will not stop a headhunter or contractor that may not be directly connected to your current company but rather be on an extended payroll from locating your resume and sending up red flags.

I've known at least one company that was bad about this.

The other problem is staffing services will collect resumes and add them to their databases so if something comes up, they will then try to contact you.

I had one agency call me from a resume posting over a year ago that I had taken down and deleted in the interim.

-Trevor

Edit: Typo

[ March 31, 2005, 04:16 PM: Message edited by: TMedina ]

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twinky
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Hm. I need to keep these things in mind.
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TMedina
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The other big advantage to a "work resume" email is the amount of spam you risk getting from spider bots and spammers that routinely harvest from job sites.

-Trevor

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Ela
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Yeah, I considered that possibility, Trevor. I have a special email I use for stuff like this, so they can spam away. I give this email away at conferences, job fairs, and the like, knowing it will get me on lists.
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Trevor, do the headhunters do that deliberately, so you will get fired and require their services? [Evil Laugh]
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TMedina
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The punchline? They called me on my third day at a new job.

I wasn't amused. [Big Grin]

-Trevor

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Ela
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Yeah, that would be a bit awkward.

I am still debating. Why put all that info on the web? Who has the right to look at it?

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(Post Removed by JanitorBlade. We're not hiring spam.)

[ November 12, 2014, 01:24 PM: Message edited by: JanitorBlade ]

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dkw
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Spam reported.
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Xavier
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It was amusing to read my own post and not notice it was me who wrote it 9 years ago until I glanced at the username.
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dkw
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I was startled to see that twinky was looking for a new job. That's what made me check the date.

Also calling him that just now felt really weird.

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Jon Boy
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Heh. The funny thing is that the company that hired both me and Brinestone nine and a half years ago turned out to be a total bust, at least for me. I lasted all of three weeks there.
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Keep in mind that posting your resume online on sites such as LinkedIn, Dice, or others can speed up the application process when you apply at a company that uses systems such as ISMS, Taleo, or MyStaffingPro. You see a job posting for a company, when you click on it, it takes you directly to the company's recruitment page. You can then simply import your resume and static information directly into their system without having to attach or type anything.

It speeds up the process for you, allowing you to apply at more places in a shorter amount of time, as well as speeds up the process for the company.

If you want more information about how those recruitment systems work I would be willing to go more in depth. Knowing how they work could help you understand how companies source candidates.

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dkw
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I doubt Ela's still looking for advice on this, since the opening post is from almost ten years ago. Perhaps other people are, though.
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