You finish writing your resume and you are now off into the scary world of online job hunting. You head straight for the biggest online career websites (ex: Monster, Dice, etc…), and upload your resume. You feel confident that your future employer is out there and will soon see your resume. Soon the two of you will start a wonderful career partnership that all started with the click of a button. What you do not realize is that there are hidden dangers in posting your resume on the web that can be detrimental to your jobs search. Here are some tips to help you avoid these common mistakes.
This is by far the easiest to avoid and the most detrimental mistake you could make while internet job hunting. Let's run through some reasons why.
A) Run-of-the-mill recruiters What low-end recruiters do is scan the job boards for potential candidates and send their resumes to their clients without your permission. It may seem harmless, but it could ruin your credibility and desirability in the job market. Imagine this scenario: You are a hiring manager looking to hire a candidate. You see the resume of John Doe and you think, “This guy could be a potential candidate for the job.” You put him in your yes pile and continue through the resumes. To your surprise, there is John Doe again from a different source – what a coincidence. After a few more emails, guess who turns up for another visit? Yes, it is John Doe. You decide this person is desperate or only interested in finding a job, not in your job. You go back to the yespile, take out Mr. John Doe’s resume and toss it. Do you see why this is a problem now? It removes all credibility. Always remove your contact information and recruiters will be forced to contact you if they want to present you to their clients.
B) Ease of Information Information is so easy to get and this is true now more than ever in today's job market. Let’s take the hiring manager scenario again. You are a hiring manager and have finished going through all of the resumes for your role. You take the yespile and start to sort through your potential candidates. You take Ms. X’s resume and notice an email address. You punch it into Google and lo and behold, there are tons of links to her various social media site. Intrigued, you click on her Facebook link and right before your eyes are various pictures of Ms. X’s drunken party night and a status saying that she is at work exhausted from her night of partying. You, as the hiring manager, think “Seems like a great girl to party with, but do I really want an employee who is a partier and may come to work drunk regularly?” The answer is no. I admit this example is a little extreme, but the general concept is quite true. Employers look at social media sites and the easiest way to tell if the employee whose resume is on your desk is the same one with the party pictures on your screen is through their contact information. This leads me to step 2.
Reserving an email address dedicated solely to job hunting will help avoid the pitfalls that social media has on your job hunting endeavors. If an employer searches that email address, your name will come up clean. Now you can sigh in relief. I still recommend making your SM sites like Facebook private. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Keep track of who and where you send your resume. As in point A, you want to keep your credibility intact and you want to keep in contact with those you’ve met through the interview process (the joys of LinkedIn). You never know when you may come across these people again (HR, Managers, and Recruiters) and where your connections could lead you.
With these three simple rules, you can save yourself from numerous pitfalls of online job hunting.
Did I miss any? Have you been or know a candidate who has been the victim of any of these potential pitfalls? Leave a comment below and let’s hear your thoughts.
This article was originaly posted on NationStaff's Blog