Executive recruitment agencies and even some international search firms have websites that list details of existing vacancies. Visiting sites like Monster.com may also be fruitful in identifying appropriate vacancies to pursue. There are two schools of thought on the effectiveness of finding jobs via this avenue. Some people feel it is not worth the effort as good jobs are not listed on the Internet. Even if they are, competition from other job seekers could be global. The other school of thought says it is practical and appropriate to apply for positions in this way. As more and more businesses sell over the Internet (e.g. e-commerce), the day has come when more organizations recruit via the Internet versus the print media. In the meantime, there is no harm in exploring advertised vacancies there.
When sending your resumes through the Internet, do remember to save the document on commonly used software (e.g. Microsoft Word) so that the receiving party can easily open up your file and view or print your resume. You may also consider presenting your resume and the cover letter as part of your e-mail. With the onslaught of computer viruses, some recipients are apprehensive about opening up file attachments. Also, it may be easier for recipients to see all your information on one page instead of having to open up separate files.
Should I Post Resume on the Net?
There are many stories of job search successes resulting from the posting of resumes on job search websites. Before you decide to do so, take some time and effort to check out the credibility of the particular website you intend to post your resume on. The worst thing that could possibly happen would be for your boss to have access to the same website and find your resume sitting pretty there.
As a rule of thumb, do not include your contact details other than your e-mail address should you decide to post your resume. At least you still reserve the right of refusal to establish contact should you wish to when contacted. You will also need to find out if resumes are purged regularly by the webmaster (e.g. every three months) should no updating be done on your part. If possible, use websites that allow you to decide when to remove or edit your resume.