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Should You Submit Your Resume to the Black Hole?

Shay Banks left her teaching career and entered into two non-related industries over the past 6 years. She shows others how to do it too.

Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of using online job boards during your job search.

Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of using online job boards during your job search.

Should You or Shouldn't You?

I see a lot of questions out there from job seekers wanting to know the best way to get their resume in the hands of a hiring manager. There is some sound advice, and then there is some utter nonsense.

Some advice tells you to ignore the job boards completely and just network. While that's not bad advice per se, it doesn't look at the larger issue at hand.

  • What if you don't have a network to begin with?
  • What if the network you do associate with isn't within an industry you want to work in?
  • What if, while networking, you get nervous and make a fool of yourself?
  • What if you're not a people person?
  • What if you're unsure what you're supposed to do once you are at a networking event? (Do you tell the room you're looking for a job or do you need a business card?)

What About Using a Recruiter?

Others advise that you seek out a recruiter and let them find the jobs for you. Again, that's not necessarily bad advice. In fact, a recruiter can help you land a good job.

But this generic advice doesn't address the underlying issues, such as:

  • Where do you find a recruiter?
  • What if you don't know what career you want next? Will they still help you?
  • What if they don't have any jobs available for you?
  • How many recruiters should you have? 1, 2, 3? More?

Generic advice sounds good while reading it. But, like eating a Snickers when you're starving, generic advice leaves you feeling unsatisfied and looking for something else.

Using job boards to find a job can be helpful if you do it in the right way.

Using job boards to find a job can be helpful if you do it in the right way.

Read, Marinate, Then Act

I like using job boards as well as other methods for finding a job.

That doesn't mean that job boards are necessarily right for you or your particular situation. So this article is meant to help you answer the question for yourself.

When you have the answer that works for you and your particular circumstances, then you'll be off to the races finding a job that gives you what you're looking for.

The Goal of This Article

This article will be divided up into the pros and cons of job boards. Each section will have some questions for you to consider as you navigate on your journey. I recommend you answer the questions (out loud or write 'em down), but it's not necessary.

You can just read them and then marinate in them. The answers you need will come to you when you're ready to hear them.

How to Know You Shouldn't Submit Your Resume to a Job Board

Job boards can be scary. Kinda like an online dating site.

You set up a profile, you add your information, put what you're looking for, and then hit submit. And like magic, the internet is supposed to bring you what you asked for, right?

Kinda sorta.

Based on what you enter, you'll be given a set of jobs that fit your criteria in one way or another. It won't be a perfect match, but it'll be in the ballpark.

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It's up to you to sift through it all. And for many people, that is kinda scary and overwhelming.

Questions to Ask Yourself

If that sounds like you, then consider these questions when deciding whether or not to submit your resume to a job board.

  1. Do you already have a network of people you can utilize to help with your job search?
  2. Do you already have a recruiter or employment agency you're working with?
  3. Have you already submitted a resume on the company's website?
  4. Are you applying to an internal position with your current company?
  5. Does the job title or job industry you're applying to use job boards to post their current employment opportunities?
  6. What are other ways for me to get my resume in front of hiring managers?
  7. Are you applying to a job where people are already familiar with your work?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, then submitting a resume to a job board may not be your best option. Still have doubts? Well, keep reading.

Could It Be "The One"?

Even if you know that you'll be submitting your resume online to several different job boards, it still makes the whole process a bit weird.

When you hit submit, where does it go?

To an administrative assistant's fake email address?

To a disinterested HR person?

To an overworked supervisor?

The unknown causes anxiety and can literally stop you from applying to positions you're perfectly qualified for. It's important, that even if you're sure that applying to job boards is the right choice for you, you still consider other alternatives.

It's like dating.

You don't want to say someone is "The One" for you on the first date. You gotta see all your options. So, let's answer a few questions just to be sure.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Have you received an interview or job offer before using an online job board?
  2. Are the job titles you want to apply for listed on the job boards?
  3. Do you have any alternatives to finding a job other than a job board?
  4. Do you have a network that I can fall back on if this doesn't work?
  5. Do you have a recruiter I can fall back on if this doesn't work?

Again, by answering the questions you will know whether or not you should use a job board to apply for your next job.

It's time to step into the spotlight and get the job you deserve.

It's time to step into the spotlight and get the job you deserve.

No Matter What You Decide, Avoid Having Egg on Your Face

There is no one right way to apply for a job. There are several different ways. Online job boards just happen to be one of them.

Whether you choose to use them or not is not really a big deal. But you know what is a big deal?

Your resume.

Toting around a resume that doesn't show how your skills and your job experience can make a company better is like having egg on your face. It ain't pretty!

It's important that you have a good-looking resume to get you an interview. If your current one can't do that, then you need to figure out why.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2017 Shay Banks

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