So…how are your job search efforts going? Is your hard work paying off with new interviews left and right? Or do you feel like you’re aimlessly looking in all of the wrong places? This season can be a tough one and feel like it’s dragging on forever, but if you stay organized and keep improving your game then your efforts are sure to pay off.
You’ve got your resume polished and ready to go, but are you sending it to the right people and posting it in the right places? Many job candidates are familiar with online job boards but do not utilize the resources on a continual basis. Websites like Monster.com, Indeed.com, and Careerbuilder.com were created to help people in job search crisis. You may think such methods are now outdated, but recruiters and hiring managers are combing through these sites more often than you might think. Therefore, you need to get connected with any and all of the job boards that are specific to your particular industry.
The first step is to create an account on these sites and submit all of the pertinent information, including your resume. This is where many people stop. They create an account and never look back, often wondering why they even wasted their time in the first place. But, these folks are missing the second step to the process. Employers typically start their search by looking at the new resumes that have been posted, which leaves your older info at the bottom of the list.
The second step in the job board process is to make a minor update to your resume every two to three weeks, keeping it current. You will put more of the time-consuming work into the front end, and then just work to keep your info fresh once you’ve become established on each site. By completing both of these steps, we believe that you will gain more attention and more interview potential from these job boards.