Mark Twain once famously remarked “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”  And based on a few recent client success stories, I’m starting to think that this same statement may apply to the technique of posting resumes on job boards, as well!

For the last few years now, a handful of social networking sites (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter) have become the media darlings and received most of the attention out there in terms of being the places professionals need to post their credentials, build profiles, and position themselves to “be found” by potential employers and recruiters.   And yet, let’s not count the traditional job boards out quite yet.  As a few clients of mine have recently discovered, to their pleasant surprise, it’s still possible to snag some viable leads by posting your resume on sites like Monster.com, Hotjobs, and Careerbuilder — since apparently, a lot of recruiters and corporate HR professionals are still trolling these sites, looking for talent.

So if you haven’t taken this step yet as part of your self-marketing efforts, I’d recommend you set an hour or two aside to get your resume slapped up on the three largest general-purpose job boards mentioned above, plus any specialized job websites that are particularly targeted to your industry — such as Dice.com, if you’re in technology, or Careerbank.com, if you’re in accounting or finance.

Here’s a few tips for conducting this step most effectively:

1)  First, please note that I’m only suggesting you post your resume on these sites — not that you start searching them on a regular basis, yourself, since you’re already covering this step if you’re searching on the two main job aggregator sites, Indeed.com and Simplyhired.com

2)  Before posting your resume, consider setting up a separate e-mail account for this purpose and adding this new temporary address to each resume file you upload, since job boards are notorious for selling personal data and attracting spammers — and you likely don’t want to “corrupt” your main e-mail account in this fashion

3)  Once you’ve posted your resume on various sites, make a note to log into each site on a weekly basis, change a single word on your resume, and then re-save the file — since this will keep your resume at the top of the “recently added” pile where it will receive much more attention from recruiters and potential employers

4)  Beware of unethical career scams that often use resume banks to identify/contact job hunters, pretending they have a position, then engage in bait-and-switch tactics where they say the job has been filled but then try to sell you resume-writing services or an expensive “career marketing” program, instead

5)  Lastly, if you’re currently employed, keep in mind that adding your resume to these types of websites could potentially lead your employer to discover you’re on the market, a development that could carry some unpleasant consequences!  So if you’re job hunting in confidence, it might be best to pass on the resume-posting step

In closing, let me reiterate again that only a tiny handful of job hunters are likely to land their next job “passively” by posting a resume online, versus finding their next position via the more productive channels of networking, responding to published job leads, working with recruiters, etc.  Since this step only takes a few hours to implement and maintain, however, resume-posting is definitely still a strategy most job hunters should consider engaging in.  Just make sure to follow the guidelines above, for best results!