Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Job Board and Social Media Points To Remember

There are a few things that are important to remember when posting your resume to job boards (CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed etc.)

*  If you want to post your resume but would prefer your current employer doesn't become aware of your job search, try posting anonymously.  Ideally you will create a new email specifically for your job search. (cannot say how many times I've seen an anonymous resume but the email used on the job board account includes the person's name).  Additionally make sure your current employer is not listed on the resume. 

*  If you secure a new job, go into the job boards where your resume has been posted and either remove it or temporarily close the account.

*  If you chose to leave your resume available to view on the job boards, make sure you set a reminder to go in regularly and update the information whenever you change jobs, titles, contact information etc. 

*  Keep a log of which sites you have used and any login information so you can easily make changes when necessary.

* After creating an account or changing information always log out and log back in and review your profile as others will see it to make sure everything is correct.

The same methods are also important on social media sites like 

*  Make sure your contact and employment information is up to date. 

*  If you want Recruiters to easily reach you, include your contact information in the Summary section. 

*  Use your Full name on your profile.  I've had people express to me that they don't use their full name until they've agreed to be submitted to a job, yet their email address IS their full name.  Keeping your name hidden actually hurts you more than it helps you.  An easier way to keep Recruiters from bugging you is to list your status in your Summary by saying things like "Not Seeking Employment Opportunities" or "Available for new Opportunities in Oct 2016"  etc.

*  Ideally your LinkedIn profile Employment History and Education should mirror your resume.  You don't need to put ALL the information from your resume on LinkedIn but it is important to make sure the dates of employment/employer and education are the same.  Potential employers will look you up on LinkedIn.  If your profile doesn't match your resume it will call the validity of the information into question.

* After creating an account or changing information always log out and log back in and review your profile as others will see it to make sure everything is correct.

When responding to recruiters
* If a Recruiter has approached you via a job board on LinkedIn and you are interested always reply with your contact information, never assume they have it, even if it's available in your profile.

*  When responding to a recruiter via email always attach your resume, even if they might have already gathered it from the job board, include a document copy.

* If you are not interested in a position a recruiter has approached you about, always include why:  "Thank you but I'm in a permanent role and not looking for new employment" , "Thank you but I'm on a contract until 12/2016, please approach me closer to that time"  "Thank you but that position isn't the right fit for me, I'm looking for  "X"" and provide a description of what does interest you so they know what to contact you about in the future.

In the Healthcare Technology Industry there are some people that will get contacted constantly by recruiters because of their rare or popular skill sets.  The best way to fend off the constant influx of inmails, emails and phone calls is to put "NOT CURRENTLY SEEKING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES" in plain site on your profile.

Recruiters really don't want to pester you.  Our job is to find the best candidates available for our clients.  Our goal is to help the client find the right person for the job and to help the candidates find a job that will tick all their boxes.  Help us to help you :)