Q: I’ve posted my resume to just about every job board imaginable — even in areas I wasn’t really qualified for — just to cover all the bases. But I’m still not getting good results. What am I doing wrong?
A: Don’t submit your resume indiscriminately.
Adding to the overwhelming volume of resumes employers receive online is a plethora of resumes sent for jobs the job-seeker is not remotely qualified for. If you think you’re covering all bases by responding to zillions of job postings, think again. You do yourself no favors by adding to the clutter that employers must weed through. Managing the information glut that results from the bombardment of resumes is a major headache for employers. Some job-seekers think that even if they’re not qualified, the employer will realize how much they have to offer and match them up with other company job openings. Given the sheer volume of resumes and the speed of the screening process, the chances of such a match occurring are beyond remote, so don’t waste the employer’s time or your own.
Finding job openings is one of the major ways jobseekers use the Internet. These links will get you started:
General Job Resources
Job Resources by Geographic Region
Job Resources by Specific Industry
Job-Seeker Specific Job and Career Resources
Job Resources for Women and Minorities
Job Resources for Transitioning Vets/Military
Job Resources for Older/Mature Workers
Resources for Volunteering and Nonprofits