The SamuraiMarine

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Online career sites

Several years ago I decided to keep a resume presence online with two companies. One with Monster.com and the other with a site dedicated to tech jobs called DICE.com. Both are great site and have a long history of reliability. I had no problem putting my information on there. I also liked the sites because not just anyone can get your resume. The group requesting it has to be accepted by the site as an employer that is looking to hire. Even then, they do not see the whole thing until you release it to them.

Like I said, I have always felt good about keeping my resumes on those sites, but there is a dark side.  That is that there are people that look for your resume, and do not pay attention to what your resume is about.  What kind of career you are looking for or what skills you have.

Some of them can be partially excused.  I work for a rather large insurance company in their IT section, and I work most with the phones and the remote users.  Some times people find my resume by simply searching for Insurance, and then do not pay attention to WHAT I do with and insurance company.  They just see the reference in my resume and send me a typical head-hunting email to ask me if I am interested in joining their team.  Sadly, most of the time these are ‘bots that send out this first email, so replying does not do much.

When I do call them or email them to let them know what they did, they seem to get mad at me.  Here I am trying to help them, and they act like it was my fault to begin with.  I had one person tell me that I should remove all references to insurance from my profile, so that they would not get confused.

There have been others too… People asking if I want to be a store manager, a library clerk for an oil  company, things like that.

It just amazes me that these people really do not seem to pay attention to the contents of the resume, or even my profiles on the sites that state what I was looking for in the way of work at the time I created the accounts.  You would think that if they were serious about looking for a person to fill an opening, then they would do a little looking at the profile before asking a person to apply.

Samuel Wright
Writer / Father / Listener / Philosopher
I am a starving writer living in the backwater of California, in a place known mostly for Buck Owens and Valley Fever called Bakersfield.

This site is my release. A place for me to talk about things that annoy, please, or excite me.

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3 Comments

  1. grant

    I have also found that insurance companies are most often looking for sales people and since turnover is very high due to the nature of the business, so they are not above approaching anyone whether the word insurance is the resume or not. I would just delete any position you are not interested, let them waste the their time or computing power by continuing to contact someone who is not interested in their company.

  2. That will all depend on how I feel at the time I get the email or phone call. Since they wasted my valueless time, I might reciprocate.

  3. Sometimes, we have to lie on our resume to impress the company. But be sure it is within your minimum knowledge and capability. Try to assume a judgement from them.

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