Best Sites to Post a Resume or Candidate Profile Online

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While it is important to know the best places for job seekers to find job listings online, it is also critical for job seekers to identify the sites where employers look for candidates to fill their vacancies either by searching through resumes of candidates or reviewing online profiles.

Top 8 Places to Post a Resume or Candidate Profile Online

1. The websites of target employers: identify your ideal employers and make sure that they know that you have an interest in working for them. Many employers will have candidates register with them and either upload a resume or complete a profile. Apply for any jobs appropriate for your background even if the position is a reach.  The employer might keep your resume on file and search through their candidate database when other vacancies arise.

2. Your college’s career office: College career centers aren't just for students and recent grads. Many career offices provide services for alumni regardless of when they graduated, so don't think you have been out of school too long to use your career or alumni office. Alumni employers often recruit via their career offices first or post jobs on their schools’ LinkedIn Group Jobs pages, before they post jobs online elsewhere. So, if you are a college grad, getting your resume posted on your college/university site is definitely worthwhile.

3. LinkedIn: This professional networking site has become the preferred tool for recruiters and employers to find candidates for their vacancies. Not only do employers now post vacancies on the site but they pay LinkedIn to search through the database to identify outstanding candidates to fill their vacancies. Employers use LinkedIn to identify passive candidates who may not be actively applying for jobs.  Make sure take full advantage of the site by completing robust profile, securing endorsements and recommendations, uploading your resume and incorporating work samples.

4. Indeed: This site is best known for being the most widely utilized website for employers to post jobs and for candidates to access listings.  Since the site attracts so many job seekers, large numbers of employers now also search the database of registrants to identify candidates who might not have applied for any of their open positions. Tools are also available within Indeed to help you create a new version of your resume.

5. Your Professional Association: Most associations offer career services and provide excellent networking opportunities to their registered members. Many association websites include a database of members where they can post a resume or profile that can be searched by employers. Associations are particularly useful for freelancers and independent practitioners so that interested parties can find a lawyer, accountant etc.

6​. Niche Websites: Job websites specific to your profession or industry are an excellent source for employers to identify candidates for specific openings in specialized fields. Review the best websites for your field and upload your resume on several sites.  Examples include Dice for information technology, OneWire for finance, SalesJobs.com, and TalentZoo for advertising, marketing, and creative jobs.

7. Monster: Monster is one of the oldest and largest players in the employment field.  Candidates can upload a resume and thousands of employers can search for talent that meets their requirements.

8. Employment Agencies: Look for highly rated agencies with expertise in your field.  Carefully evaluate the reviews for agencies before registering.  Ask your professional contacts for recommendations. Don’t rely exclusively on an agency to do the work for you.

Cautionary Tips 

Gain (Some) Exposure. It's a good idea to post your resume to at least some of the sites on the list. The more places your resume is posted, the more exposure you will have, which will increase your chances of getting noticed by an employer. That said, if you are currently employed, be careful. Here's how to keep your job search confidential, so you don't jeopardize your current position.

Don’t Pay for Services. Most job search sites like Monster, CareerBuilder, and Indeed do not charge you to post your resume on their websites. Typically, you should not have to pay to gain online exposure on legitimate job sites. Save your money and stick to these free but popular job sites. However, if you decide to pay to post your resume, or if you pay a service to post your resume for you, here are tips on how to do so in the best way possible.

Proceed With Caution. While it is typically helpful to gain online exposure during your job search, you also want to be careful about where you post and to whom you respond. Craigslist, for example, is a very popular site for classified ads with plenty of job listings. However, since employers can post jobs anonymously, you do not always know who is doing the hiring. Be sure you know how to avoid scams and find legitimate jobs on Craigslist