Of the many job search resources out there, the job boards (Indeed, CareerBuilder, Monster, etc.) are certainly some of the most popular. We see dozens of resumes coming from these sources everyday, and they are a great way to get your resume out to several employers with one click of the mouse. So with that said, we have a few observations to share with you so you can ensure you’re really putting your best foot forward on those websites.
Keep your data-entry clean
While some of this may go without saying, it’s actually very easy to make these mistakes if you don’t have the big picture of how these sites format information. In your profile, much of the information about work, experience, skills, etc. is something employers can view. So when completing those textboxes, treat that information as if it were your resume (and it actually might become your resume, but we’ll get to that part in just a bit). Ensure you do not have typographical errors and also watch how you format. For example, if you’re typing a list of skills and would normally use a separate line for each skill, format that accordingly in your textbox as well.
Admittedly, all of this can seem quite tedious, especially considering most applicants go through this process on multiple websites everyday as part of their job search. The trouble, however, is simply that employers will see all of this information, making it a direct reflection of your level of attention to detail and also a gauge for how seriously you’re taking this search. I have also heard of many companies that use this application process as a test; those who haven’t put in the time and effort to get it perfect have essentially screened themselves out of the process. But regardless of a company’s approach on that matter, the attention to detail certainly can make a difference as to whether or not an employer contacts you to set up an interview.
Job boards often create a resume for you
On some websites, what you type into these textboxes actually becomes your resume for that job board; the website takes all the information from each section and pastes it together to create a resume that is searchable and viewable by employers (in addition to being the resume that you send when you apply to jobs). As you can imagine, little care with the data-entry in this process translates into a resume that is riddled with typos and poorly formatted information. What’s helpful on most job board sites is that you do have the option to view your resume and profile so you can see what employers will see. If you don’t like what you see, simply go back and edit the information until everything is just right.
And last, if you end up attaching a resume from your computer, also remember that employers see the name of your file. It’s not necessarily a crucial piece of the equation, but it certainly can’t hurt to make sure that your file name doesn’t pigeonhole you in some way (for example, applying to an executive administrative assistant job with a resume file that’s named call_center_resume).
Written by Adam Lafield, Recruiter