How to Find a Job (when the economy sucks) Part 2 of 3

As the title points out, I am continuing in my series of job hunting tips for Recruiters (and/or anyone else looking for work). Enjoy…

When posting your resume online, increase your chances of being found by having your resume posted in multiple formats, on different websites and with unique titles. Why? So searchengines catalog each one as a different search result. (Plus, what if a Sourcer is looking only for resumes formatted in Word? Or as a PDF?) Finally, I would be sure to link to companies where you have worked in the past. Why? This helps Sourcers (and Recruiters who do their own sourcing) find you as well. (But you knew that already, right?)

There are lots of companies giving away free web hosting. For $0.00 you can add your resume to any or all of the free hosting sites listed above. This is only a partial list. (Personally, I recommend my pal Otis Collier’s free hosting site.) Add your resume to one or multiple free web hosting sites to increase your chances even moreso. Also, if you are paying for Internet access (Earthlink, Bellsouth, et cetera), chances are you have web space available to you already.

I suggest that when you add your resume to the web, that you add more than just your resume. What I did was create a profile page that linked to a WORD version of my resume. I also added a list of companies that I admired, keywords relevant to my background, cities where I wanted to work, the area codes relevant to cities I wanted to work in and additional information relevant to my career. (Such as HR events where I presented, links to articles where I was quoted and so on.) Its a bit out of date, but you can click here to see it for yourself.

Visual CV is a website that is built around this principle. Like I believed when I created my first resume page in 2002, a resume does not share the whole story and more is needed. Check them out at www.VisualCV.com. K7.net is a free voicemail/fax service. It’s a convenient way to manage inquiries about your resume and protect your personal information from identity theft. That being said, I would strongly suggest that you only list your cellphone (preferably your K7 number) and email address on your resume.

I also suggest that you get a domain name that matches what you do. For example, if you are a recruiter in Atlanta, register the name AtlantaRecruiter.com. Why? You will have a much better chance of being found that way and it will be easier to refer people to your resume as you network. For example, if you wanted to connect with me, simply go to JimStroud.com. Prices vary for registering a “.com” domain, but some of the better deals I have noticed have come from Godaddy.com (which gives excellent customer service by the way). Last I checked, you could get a dot com name for about $10.00 a year.

Once you have your resume online on one of the free web hosting sites and/or you have it on your own domain; next step is to make sure the searchengines are cataloging them. Use the links listed here to get your resume page listed in Google, Yahoo and Live.

End part 2

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