A: The way the system works dictates frequent updates.
Kemp, who suggests weekly updates, writes, “I was trained to search only for candidates who had posted in the past 24 hours first (and I always found several) then work my way back to a week.” Some experts suggest as often as daily. But a big caveat here is to be cautious about how much time you’re spending updating and re-submitting your resume to the job boards. Given that using the job boards is not necessarily the most effective way to find a job to begin with, make sure you don’t let these resume-updating activities swallow up all your precious job-hunting time. Mix up your job-search techniques in proportion to the effectiveness of the various methods — including networking, which is generally recognized as the best method.
It’s also a good idea to check the policies of the boards you’re posting to regarding how long they keep your resume active. Even if you don’t update your resume submission frequently, you’ll want to make sure it’s still active on the boards.
Q: When I post my resume on the major job boards, I get a flood of junk e-mails advertising get-rich-quick, multi-level marketing (MLM), and pyramid schemes. How can I avoid that?
A: One solution is to obtain a “throwaway” e-mail address from a provider such as Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo for use during job searching and then terminating the account after the search is complete to stave off these types of unwanted e-mail solicitations.
And the big job boards really owe it to users to tell what they’re doing to prevent job-seekers from being subjected to inappropriate solicitations and misrepresentation.
“One of the most annoying experiences from both posting my resume and securing ‘job agents’ on many Web-based employment services is being hoodwinked by network marketing firms,” said reader and marketing consultant Michael Albert, of Redondo Beach, CA. “Many multi-level marketing companies post positions as ‘Director of Marketing’ or ‘Marketing Manager’ with realistic-appearing job descriptions, but the rub is that the ‘job’ offer is a veiled pitch for their networking marketing ploy,” Albert related. “Some have phoned me, and I have gone to an interview only to find out the truth. One guy, when I stated that I was not seeking to enter the ‘personal marketing’ industry, flipped and told me I was an idiot for passing up on his offer. His offer, by the way, involved a $750 ‘business set-up’ charge to ‘get me going.'” When Albert complained to the job board, he received an autoresponder e-mail offering site-navigation tips.