Deciding where to post your resume is an important part in starting your job search. You’ve likely spent a lot of time editing, revising, re-editing and making it look the best that it can, so now where should you post it to get the most exposure and have the best luck finding your dream job? There are definitely places that are better than others but in general I think the more places you post it the better odds you’ll have. The only downside to doing this is the possibility of getting called for positions that aren’t even close to what you are looking for. In the long run however, it is worth it.
A couple things to consider when figuring out where to post your resume include what industry you are targeting and if you are just getting into the workforce or are a seasoned work professional.
I can’t speak to other industries but specifically when looking at Information Technology jobs, I think the top three places to post would be Monster, Dice, and LinkedIn. I tend to lean towards these three when searching for resumes because they user-friendly, have great interfaces, advanced searching options, and seem to get the best talent posted on their job boards. The ones I’ve had the least amount of luck with when searching for good resumes are CareerBuilder and Craigslist. The main reason for this is that the search options aren’t great on either site.
You’ll also want to consider where you are in your career and where potential employers might be looking for your type of experience. If you’re just breaking into the IT field you’ll want to get your resume posted on all available options. I think the best resource would be your Career Center and Craigslist, as they seem to have more entry-level openings. If you’ve been in the game for a while, I would stick with Dice, Monster, and apply directly to postings on LinkedIn. I would also recommend reposting your resume weekly (ideally Sunday evening) to make sure you are getting seen at the top of the job boards for the new Monday searches.
It can be difficult getting your resume noticed with all the competition out there, but if you stay focused and pick the best options when posting your resume, you’ll eventually end up with your “dream job.”
For more in-depth information on this topic, check out Alison Doyle’s article.