By now, anybody who has worked with me or followed my blog for a nanosecond has learned that the top job search website to monitor for published employment leads is www.indeed.com.
Why is this the case? This terrific job search “aggregator” sucks up leads from over 50,000 other individual job websites (no exaggeration) and allows you to access all of these leads with a single search. It’s the “Google” of job boards, in other words. So if you’re not already using it, just ask yourself — would you rather use Google to hunt for information scattered across cyberspace or would you prefer to randomly go clicking through various websites sites hoping to stumble across the definition of “glabella” or the capital of the country Lethoso?
You get my drift. Job hunters in the know use Indeed. And for those who haven’t heard, Indeed has just added a brand-new feature that sounds incredibly cool — the ability, at long last, to upload your resume to the system! You can read more about this feature here and if you’d like, can move forward and immediately upload your resume to the site or build one from scratch using the site’s built-in application.
But here’s the catch. While we’re huge fans of Indeed, and our initial reaction to this news was highly enthusiastic, upon closer inspection it’s not entirely clear that there’s going to be much benefit from the new resume-posting functionality. At least for a while. Unlike other sites such as Monster.com that were DESIGNED from the outset to serve as resume-posting destinations, and have a track record of attracting thousands of corporate and external recruiters seeking talent, Indeed is still something of a best-kept-secret and unlikely to garner (in our opinion) much employer attention in terms of their resume database. This is even more likely the case since employers can’t actually POST ads on Indeed.com (it aggregates leads, but you can’t publish one there directly) and they therefore don’t have a lot of other reasons to frequent the site that would lead them to scan the resume database every once in a while.
So ultimately, the jury’s going to be out for a while on whether the resume-posting feature of Indeed adds much real value. On the surface, it appears to be more of a “save your file here so you can conveniently share it with others” sort of thing — which is a little underwhelming, since I don’t think most job seekers find it all that hard (do they?) to keep a copy of their resume on their hard drive and just e-mail it out to people when the need arises. Sure, this web-based organizational tool might be useful to a few folks, don’t get your hopes up. It’s not a game changer. So try it out, and definitely let me know if I’m missing the boat or you find it to be something you can’t live without, but in terms of posting your resume in the hopes employers will actually find it, the advice in the article you’ll find here will probably net you a much better set of results.