Truth About Applying For Jobs Online

Job Hunting is really all about a numbers game, the more "eyes" you have on your resume, the more likely you will have success getting the calls for the interviews, and the more job offers you will get that will ultimately lead to the job. Most people just try to do it themselves or rely on those "Free" posting services that produce, well, usually nothing. That's right, NO results! You remember the old saying. "You get what you pay for." But when it comes to your Job, the thing that puts food on the table, a roof over your head and the clothes on your family's back it is not wise to take a cheap way out especially if it will not produce the desired outcome!

Is there really a fast and easy way to get your resume in front of millions of employers without slaving away all day long in front of a computer, day in and day out? And are there any good resume posting services out there? Of course there are! As with anything else, along with the bad, there are successful and reputable companies that do what they are supposed to, on time with results that will get you excited about this job search thing again! The service my clients use and have had really excellent results with is

. A really good resume posting service can give you an edge in the job market just because your eggs are spread out over many baskets, not just the few you happen to know about.

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- A True One-Stop Time Saving Process, if your resume doesn't need updating it should feel like you have submitted your resume once.

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Auto-Logon links to the various Career sites so anything you need to do will happen instantly.

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because as if you didn't already have enough on your mind with a major job search, who needs to be dealing with what is floating around out there on the Internet. And with all the job scams and non-job related garbage trying to get to you, a little peace of mind goes a long way.

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, this is a must!

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without missing potential employer openings because the job was posted on a smaller more specialized site.

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, this is key for a lot of reasons, if a particular site doesn't offer that feature, the resume posting service should have their own anonymity solution in place.

There you have it, with these key components, a resume posting service can be the answer to your prayers, just make sure you do your due diligence so that you are not relying on getting jobs in a way that will get you nowhere fast!

I have been getting this comment/question multiple times a day from my career coaching clients. I felt it was worth addressing asap. The comment/question is “I am applying online to every job I can everyday and I have had no responses. Are these postings on Monster and Career Builder for real?” Well, yes and no. It’s really hard to say for sure. I can only assume based on my many years in this industry. I can tell you how I worked as a Recruiter and Head Hunter and how most of my associates worked. I was the type of recruiter that filled 90% of jobs without using a job board. With that being said I bet you are wondering then why do companies waste my time and their time by putting a job posting up. Well, it’s because the posting is the plan B. The reason the job posting is plan B is because 80% YES 80% of jobs are filled by networking. Think about it for a few minutes. How many jobs have you had and how many do you feel you got buy knowing someone or knowing someone who knew someone for you?
The posting is for if the recruiter has exhausted all of the candidates on their “Hot Sheet”. I’ll explain the “Hot Sheet” in a second, don’t worry. If all of the candidates on the “Hot Sheet” have been exhausted now there is a pool of applicants to work with from the job posting that are interested in the opportunity you have to offer and want to talk to you about it. It works out for the recruiter / HR Manager because you don’t have to start from scratch when you need to give a hiring manager more resumes. The “Hot Sheet” is a list of pre qualified candidates the recruiter updates daily. It’s updated daily because the candidates are “Hot” and get jobs quickly. If a recruiter places “Hot” candidates all day then they make a lot more money a lot faster. How do you get on someone’s “Hot Sheet”? I’ll have to explain that in a separate article. You can also look for an article on how to be in the 80% and if you are still going to apply online how to do it as effectively as possible.
Think about your odds here. If 80% of jobs are filled by networking that means only about 20% of the time are they looking at resumes from job postings. Your odds of getting a job from an online job posting are almost the same as checking the help wanted ads in your local newspaper. If you are currently unemployed the cost of being unemployed increases daily.
Time is not your friend when you are unemployed. Don’t waste too much of it applying online. My advice is do not spend more than 1 hour a day applying to jobs online. It is a huge waste of time. If you do continue to apply online tailor your resume to highlight your qualifications for the position you are applying for. Make it easy for the person reviewing the resumes. A lot of time the resumes go to the HR dept and they don’t always have the insight the hiring manager does and your resume has to make it through an HR manager that is “matching” key words and skills from the job description to your resume before the hiring manager ever sees it.
Please don’t misunderstand you can get a job being online but applying online to postings decreases your chances tremendously. I’ll explain that in another article too. I want to help equip as many people as I can with the tools they need in order to succeed in today’s marketplace.