When Monster was founded in 1999, I was in my second job search after college. After spending one year selling insurance, I discovered that I really was not a natural sales person. Only a year out of college, I was excited with this new job search tool, where I could post my resume to Monster and the phone would start ringing. After only a day, I got a half a dozen calls, all from insurance companies; Primerica, MetLife and Aflac were among them, all for insurance sales jobs. Now, at the time, I thought the reason for these calls was due to the insurance licensing and experience on my resume. These calls led only to interviews to sell insurance, something that I knew I did not want to do. When I finally landed a job, it was through a news paper listing of an open house for an insurance company recruiting for jobs in claims and underwriting.
Fast forward 12 years, when I was informed that my job was being relocated to Portland Maine, and I was again in the job market. This time, I had a feeling that posting my resume to Monster would only result in the same type of calls. A leading career development writer advised to post resumes on all job search sites, and I briefly considered this, but after talking to my career advisor, I found the reason for this advice from this author was a paid speaker by Monster. I was told that posting your resume to Monster is only helpful if you have a rare talent. I ultimately decided not to post my resume to Monster. In the past two years, I was offered two part-time jobs that I found through informational interviewing and networking, which is how more than 70% of jobs are found.
Fast forward almost two years later. My job again has been eliminated, and I am now in the job market. Through my job seeking group that I run and through other networking groups, I have been hearing that people were getting good interviews by posting their resumes to Monster. I decided to perform an experience. I set up a Monster account with my first name and a different last name. I set up a separate email and a Google voice mail, and posted my resume. I wanted to track which calls came from posting my resume to Monster, CareerBuilder, SimplyHired.com, etc. The results were the same. My resume had reference to my brief sales experience and underwriting experience on page two, but instead was geared to higher education. The calls I got were from Aflac, MetLife, Primerica and other insurance companies. I then posted another resume with only the higher education experience, thinking that maybe the insurance key words resulted in the calls from insurance companies. The result of my higher education resume was the same; I got calls from Aflac, MetLife and Primerica among other insurance companies.
The conclusion of this experience is that posting your resumes to job sites result in only one kind of call, sales jobs. If you are looking for something else, networking is your best bet. Sites such as Simplyhired.com are great; as they allow you to input your LinkedIn info and see who works in the company you are interested in who may be able to help you find a job. Plus, Simplyhired.com is an aggregate job search site and will pull listings from Monster as well as company job boards, and other job search sites. Many companies are avoiding posting to Monster due to the cost, and over 90% of recruiters are looking to LinkedIn to search for talent.
Please let me know what has worked for you? How have you succeeded in getting interview calls? What is your experience with posting your resume to job boards?