The Importance of Putting Your Resume Online

In the past twelve months I’ve received as many serious job offers from various places around the country. There was the call from Microsoft’s XBox division looking for interactive audio developers, the start up web video company looking for a UI developer, the real estate company looking for a web and video expert, the software company looking for developers and many more. My current job came from a multi-millionaire film mogul who hired me based on the resume his staff found using Google.

Now some of these offers I wasn’t qualified for, some I didn’t want, some didn’t pay enough, and some only went as far as an interview. However, what is important is that I’m getting highly sought after solicitations without ever even trying. They come unexpectedly from recruiters, hiring managers, secretaries, and personal assistants from all over the country. The salary ranges are usually between $40k and $60k per year which is not amazing but well above the national average of $36,764 [Wikipedia].

The conversation is always the same:

    Caller: “Mr. Gos?”

    Me: “Yes?”

    Caller: “I’m calling from NAME OF COMPANY. Is this a good time?”

    Me: “Yes. What’s this about?”

    Caller: “We found your resume online and we’d like to talk to you about a potential job offer. Are you currently available for a contract or full time position?”

    Me: “Maybe, what are the details?”

And so it goes…

How is this happening? If you take a look at my resume it’s fairly unassuming. I do have a lot of experience working with the web, media and interactive audio but less experience as a hardcore programmer. To my credit, I’ve held some lofty positions. I went to art school, but mainly taught myself all the new media, software and programming languages that have help to build my career.

The simple fact is that simply putting your resume online these days will increase your odds of being considered for many jobs. My own resume is everywhere online, at, at, at,,, etc. Beyond that, I’ve placed it online as XHTML and marked it up with meta keywords so as to improve it’s chances of being found and indexed by search engines.

While people who work as designers and programmers know many of these tricks, it’s the people who work in other fields who may want to consider this approach. It doesn’t matter if you work in the medical field, engineering, real estate, or journalism, the internet is your biggest ally for exposure. In my post “Using Web 2.0 Apps to Find a Job” I talked about some ways to use things like Yahoo Pipes to help your job hunt. This post then is the antithesis, “How to Use the Web to Get Recruiters to Hunt You”, if you will.

    Over Do It

    As I mentioned, my resume is posted on more big job sites than I can remember. This improves my chances with recruiters and employers who are turning to the internet for candidates. Spend a week or so flooding the internet with your resume, if your resume keeps coming up in searches then you’re that much more likely to get noticed.

    Diversify Your Skills

    Assuming you went to college, you have certain skills that are inherent to your job. But learning new skills is critical, if only so you can put them on your resume to differ yourself from the next guy. If you’re in Public Health you may want to take Business or Management courses, if you’re in Software learn a few new languages, etc. Your new skills will increase your odds now by opening up to a whole new world of people who need people with both your old and/or your new skills.

    Embrace New Media

    Putting a simple HTML resume together is not hard. You can do it yourself using Google Pages, or you can hire a web designer to do it for virtually nothing. Consider adding a video resume to sites like YouTube, starting a blog and joining social networks like Facebook. What’s the point? All of this ‘social networking’ is simply meant to drive traffic to your resume and help get you noticed. If your resume is an island on the internet that very few people ever visit, it won’t rank very highly in search engines. By joining various social networks and linking them to your resume, you improve your odds even more. For instance if your blog is incredibly popular, then a resume posted in your ‘About’ section will be too.

    Update Frequently

    Stale is boring. Stale on the internet is virtually non-existent! To remain relevant you need to constantly improve. every few months or so update your resume, change the wording, add some new information, remove things that seem to be working against you. This will keep your resume fresh and keep it up-to-date. Also, adding new words will change the way it’s indexed by search engines like Google.

    Track It

    I use products like Statcounter and GoogleAnalytics to track the visitors to my resume. This allows me to profile the people profiling me. At the very least it helps me see where they are and help[s me guess who they might work for. You can also see big spikes in traffic, for instance if you’ve just gone on an interview and the potential employer starts forwarding your resume around the office for others to make their final decisions.

This is the information age and that’s defined by an abundance of data, technology, availability and accessibility. While there are no guarantees, putting your resume online will expose you to a whole new world of people who you didn’t even know were looking for you!

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