Resume banks offer a potentially easy way to match job and job seeker. When it works, it's a win-win solution!
The employer gets a pool of qualified candidates without too much stress and strain and the job seeker finds a job that is a good match.
But is it going to work for you? Or the kind of employer you are targeting? Both parties have to evaluate the size and
quality of the talent pool offered by these matching services.
Even if the service is free, you are investing your time. The resume banks that ask you to fill out their form or furnish you with
software to enter your qualifications through a strict coding system promise that they
provide better matches than resume banks built from free-form text resumes.
Some of these forms take more than half an hour to complete. If you are uploading an already written resume, there's the time and fuss of figuring out how.
As a job seeker, you have to estimate the likelihood that the kind of employers
you're trying to reach are actually searching the resume bank that you participate in.
If the information you want is NOT listed in the Resume Banks website, look for a phone number or an email address you can contact for more information.
- Does This Resume Bank Specialize in my Field?
Specialized resume banks
attract employers who have clearly defined needs requiring specific related
qualifications, training and expertise.
- Does This Resume Bank Have Candidates from Many Different Fields?
general resume banks appeal more to employers who want a broad base of
functional experience that can be applied in many industries and companies.
- How Large a Talent Pool Does this Resume Bank Offer to Employers?
Who is my
competition in this talent pool? The larger and better qualified the talent
pool, the greater the chance that employers will bother to search it for
resumes on a regular basis.
- What Kinds of Employers Search this Resume Bank and what's the level of traffic?
The more, the better.
- Do Employers have Direct Access to the Resumes in the resume bank and
conduct their own searches or does the owner of the resume bank act as an
agent and run the search?
An employer conducting a direct search can modify
the search parameters to narrow or broaden the selection of candidates
depending on their satisfaction with the search results. If the searching
and matching is done by an agent, the level of communication with that
agent becomes crucial since the agent interprets the search results, not
- Can the Resume Bank Give You Feedback Information about the number of times your resume was looked at and/or selected for review by an employer?
It would be nice to know if you're competitive.
Ask others in your profession or industry what kinds of experiences they have had and which services they have used.
You may want to check newsgroups like ba.jobs.misc, misc.jobs.resumes, or ba.jobs.resumes to learn of others' experiences or to post a question of your own.
You have to decide your own strategy about the confidentiality of your
resume and other personal information that you place in a resume bank. A
lot depends on your current employment status and whether you have to keep
your job search under cover.
Resumes posted to newsgroups are open to the world. They're available to anyone, not just employers. Candidate contact and personal information may be collected by vendors or service providers who might want to sell something to you in the future.
Resume banks offer varying degrees of confidentiality. Read the description of the security measures offered carefully to decide what strategy to use. Some issue passwords to employers who are authorized to search the database. Some charge extra for confidential service. Use the same amount of discretion in disclosing information to a resume bank as you would to an
employment agency, recruiter, or headhunter.
What are the final considerations after you've collected all the
information about the various resume banks and job posting places?
Online job search is a new arena for the eternal dance of employers and
job seekers. What works and what doesn't isn't really clear to any of the
parties involved. Everyone wants to improve on the quality of the matching
game, save money and save time.
Not only do you, the job seeker, have to figure out the pros and cons and
what to do and what to pay--many employers are asking themselves the same
question. You just can't assume, at this stage, that employers know much
more about which service to use than you do! Online recruiting and job
search is a very dynamic development. Expect it to keep changing and
evolving. Include it in your strategy, but weigh your results to figure out
how much effort this new tool deserves.
But hiring and job search is still a complex and personal process. You have
to somehow make the connection with the person who has the power to hire
you, then convince them that you've got what it takes.
Recruiting is really not just a mechanical matching of job tasks to resume
skills. Job postings and resume banks are simply tools to help improve the
odds of calling the best candidates for interviews.
Above all, don't sit back and assume that your electronic resume is going
to all the work of presenting your talents to the world.
It might help. It might not hurt.
But the best bet is to proactively and aggressively pursue making personal connections so you hear about jobs before they get posted.
Search out opportunities and identify hiring managers who need your
services. Your resume should go directly to them.