Unless you've been living in a cave for the past ten years, you know the internet is a great tool to leverage when searching for a job. What even non-cave dewellers want to know, however, is how to use the internet to stand out from the crowd of millions of others doing the same thing.
There are millions of resumes posted on thousands of job boards, and making yourself visible can be a daunting task. But fear not -- daunting does not mean impossible. Like anything, it takes a little work, but the time spent will surely be worth the reward.
1. Become Part of the Clutter
The key to becoming visible in the clutter is to simply become part of the clutter. While that may sound strange and counterintuitive, it makes sense when you consider how information on the internet is consumed. If you post your resume in as many places as possible, you not only increase the number of potential impressions you may have on an employer, but you also increase your chances of being found in the first place. People are constantly scouring the proverbial haystack that is the internet, looking for a needle. The best way to make finding the needle easier is by throwing a box of needles into the haystack. Now finding a needle becomes much easier.
2. Delete Your Resume
After you have posted your resume, occasionally delete and re-add your resume on the same database. By re-posting your resume, you insure that your resume appears at the top of the results for most job boards and will therefore receive many more impressions.
3. Forget Tip #1
Actually, use tip number one, but the point of tip number 3 is to do the opposite of posting your resume everywhere. If there is a particular company you want to work for or a particular job you want, go directly to the source. Check out that company's Web site for job listings. Sometimes employers post specific jobs only on their Web site. Don't be afraid to move away from job boards when you find a great company. Sometimes you have to cut out the middle man.