Monster.com Review for Job Searchers
Monster.com is one of the top job board sites, offering millions of jobs each day. Jobs listed on Monster range from hourly local jobs to jobs in just about every career field. Monster users can also post a resume, get career advice, and see company and salary information.
Monster has separate sections of the site for employers and employees. It also offers a feature that will post job listings for employers on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Monster Job Search Options
Search Monster by keyword, skill, location, and job title. Registered users (who have created a profile) can set up search agents to receive information via email on new listings that meet their search criteria, which means more results with less effort on your end. Monster also includes a variety of specialized searches, i.e., healthcare, finance, and hourly jobs. Want to learn more about what it's like to work at a specific company? You can read anonymous reviews posted by employees.
Monster Resume Posting
Monster users can post a resume from a computer, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Once your resume is uploaded, you can apply for jobs online and enable employers to find you directly using your Monster profile. You can even apply from your mobile phone or tablet once your resume is uploaded. You can post more than one resume if you are targeting different positions (a good idea, since this allows you to target different job sections using the industry-specific keywords that are most frequently searched by employers’ automated applicant tracking systems).
And, if you want to refresh your resume, you can view a wide range of resume samples along with cover letters.
Monster’s landing page showcases a tab that says, “Post your Resume.” When you click this tab, you’ll be taken to an offer for a “free” resume assessment, followed by the offer that, “for a small fee,” their professional resume writers will create a resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile for you. When you upload your resume, you’re not actually posting it to Monster to use to job search.
How to Post Your Resume
You don’t have to take advantage of these offers to post on Monster. In order to post your own resume on the site, you will need to register on the site (via the “Sign Up” tab in the upper right-hand corner):
- You can register either with your email or with Facebook or Google.
- After you’ve registered, you will be able to upload your resume by clicking on your account profile.
- Once you are in your account, you can upload up to five different resumes.
Each time you do this, they will try to offer you the free resume assessment – it’s your choice as to whether you want to unflag this box or not. Should you decide to have Monster’s “certified resume writers” craft your resume for you, the fee is $129.00 for a resume, $169.00 for a resume and cover letter, and $349 for a resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile. The company offers a “60-day 100% satisfaction guarantee” – not for your money back, however. Instead, if you aren’t satisfied they will rewrite your resume for free.
Monster Career Tools
Monster's Career Management tools let you research, compare, and explore careers. Research occupations using Career Snapshots; see how you compare with your competition with Career Benchmarking; and explore career paths using Career Mapping. You'll also find tips on improving your resumes and cover letters along with templates to help you get started. The site offers resume reviews and revisions for a fee.
Monster’s Additional Resources
Monster includes a variety of career advice resources including salary information, job search guidance, resume tips, networking advice, and relocation resources.
It also owns and operates Military.com, a website that provides news and benefits information to military members and their families, and Fastweb, a college financial aid search tool.
MonsterCollege provides entry-level job listings, internship listings, a social community, and advice for college students and recent grads. New graduates looking to enter the workforce can use MonsterCollege to prepare and find out about recruiting fairs and placements from company and university postings.