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Post Your Resume Wisely

Many job seekers focus on the big job boards like Monster. But according to experts, unless you're in a high-demand field, this is one of the least effective job search methods, with only about a 10% (at best) success rate. So don’t spend more than 10% of your time at this activity.

Here are guidelines for making good use of your time online:

  • Explore niche (specialty) job boards. Don't just post on Monster. Also look at sites like Dice (for technology) or AllHealthCareJobs.com (for health care).
  • Target websites of companies you’re interested in. Determine which companies to target and post resumes to their sites. Better yet, contact these employers directly.
  • Consider regional job boards. To find these boards, type your state and the words “job board” into Google (e.g., Minnesota job board) or try your local library’s website.
  • Try “aggregator” sites like Indeed.com. These sites combine search results from job boards, company websites, professional associations, and other sources.
  • Try professional association websites. Professional associations often post jobs for their members. If you belong to an association, try their website.

It's worth it to post your resume on a few job sites. But experience shows it's not the best way to get noticed. You'll also want to network your resume in person.