Finding a new job during a recession can be a difficult undertaking. Employers are reluctant to hire new people when they may be facing layoffs down the road. Whether you are one of the people that may be subject to a lay off, or if you just want to find a different job, posting your resume in the right place can make the difference between getting a job or not.
The first thing to do is to make sure that your resume is updated and looks professional. Consider your resume to sales page about your qualifications or specific job. As with all forms of advertising, finding the right place to get your personal ad about you seen is important. Here are some great places to post your resume.
This one should be fairly obvious. Post your resume on any of the online classified job boards. Employers search frequently for qualified people before they post their ads online. If your resume is already online, an employer can find it more easily.
If you don’t have one already, get a MySpace page. While they are supposed to be for personal networking and social experience, more and more employers are searching MySpace pages for information about potential new hires. Just make sure that you don’t have anything embarrassing on your site that may keep you from being considered for a good job. Post your resume on any of the other social networking sites that you are a member of, such as Facebook.
If you’re looking for an administrative job, register with the temporary agencies, and give them a copy of your resume. Many clerical positions are placed as temporary to permanent assignments.
Post your resume on the website of every company that has a job for which you apply. Many companies have their own internal application process online. If they post a job, they typically ask for your resume. Go ahead and upload a copy for them to review. Again, make sure it stands out from the crowd of other people applying for the same job.
An ideal place to post your resume is with your local Department of Labor. This department has a lot of contacts with local employers. Most states now have the ability to have online resumes. Post your resume here so employers can see it.
Post your resume on your blog site. This may seem strange at first. However, if your site pulls in a lot of visitors, this is a great way to network.
There are a variety of professional resume distribution services online that send your resume to recruiters and employers in your industry. Some of them offer their services for no charge, and others charge a fee. Most people agree that the fee is worth the time they save in contacting and working with such a large group of recipients.
If you do happen to have your own webpage, post your resume there. Many employers search the names of applicants to see if they do have websites of their own.
These are just a few of the many options available to post your resume. You will want to use some old-fashioned methods as well. Hand out your resume to everyone that you know. Ask them to put in a good word for you, if they hear about the job. Resumes are great at selling you, but networking still works better than anything else.