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1. What are Keywords, and why are they important to my online resume?
2. I'm worried about my privacy, what do I need to look for when I am posting my resume?
3. What's a plain text resume, and how does it assist in my online job search?
4. What job boards should I post my resume on?

1.  What are Keywords, and why are they important to my online resume?
Keywords are industry buzzwords.  They are descriptive terms that explain various processes, skills and job functions within a given industry. For example, if you are a salesperson, some keywords that might be used in your resume include, Business Development, Cold Calling, and Sales Cycle Management. Many companies use a system that scans your resume, looking for specific keywords, or will search through online job board databases for qualified candidates using a system to pick up “hits” on their list of keywords.  Not only should there be copious keywords in your resume, you should be able to perform and/or give an example of how you have utilized that particular process or skill in your prior experience. 


2.  I'm worried about my privacy, what do I need to look for when I am posting my resume?
There are several issues to consider regarding your privacy, when you post a resume online.  First is password protection, just who is it that will see your resume, and how do they gain access to it?  Ideally, you want a site where the potential employers have a password of their own in order to access the resume, and you have "hidden" any identifying factors on your resume, such as name, address, company names, etc., and the only way a potential employer can contact you is via email or telephone.  Not only will this make it more difficult for your current employer to find out about your job search (remember most of today's companies search for candidates online), this is the age of identity theft, so posting online should allow you to maintain privacy and confidentiality. 

What are the sites privacy guidelines?  Will the job board reverse spam me?  Always read the fine print!  Go to the privacy section on the website.  Read it word for word.  I know, this is not terribly exciting, but there is information within each job board's privacy terms, including selling of personal information, placement of cookies on your computer system, banner advertising from "partners" that monitor your web activity, credit card security (if you plan to utilize any paid services), and job board "partners" who will post your resume to their site (also called reverse spamming).  Without reading the fine print, you could find that the resume you posted to one job board, is now on 50, and the number is growing daily.  Considering that the "partner" job boards may not protect your privacy/confidentiality, you could find yourself in some sticky situations.  Your current employer could find out about your job search, you could be the recipient of too many calls from potential employers, recruiters and MLM's that you have little interest in, you may be unable to monitor your resume on the multiple sites, and edit or delete as needed, and your are now at risk for identity theft.  If in doubt, call the job board's contact number, and ask questions!      


3.  What's a plain text resume, and how does it assist in my online job search?
A plain text resume is a specialized version of your resume that can be used for emailing; applying online at corporate websites, and posting to online job boards.  Today, employers often request potential candidates email their resume, but many times a candidate will send the resume as an attachment.  Unfortunately the employer, unless specifically asking for an attachment, will not open the email, thus nixing the chances for employment with that company.  Possible viruses within the attachment, incompatible software, lack of computer knowledge, and requiring the employer go to an extra step, can be just a few of the reasons your resume would be deleted.

By using the plain text version, you can ensure that the employer views your resume within the email without distraction.  Although the plain text resume is not as attractive compared to a formatted resume, you avoid the problems of viruses, ISP or software incompatibility, computer knowledge problems on the employers end, and a host of other potential problems.  Additionally, the plain text format gives you the ability to post your resume to corporate websites, job boards, or any other place you choose to online, without any of the aforementioned difficulties.


4.  What job boards should I post my resume on?  
Two words.  Be choosy.  Job seekers tend to think more is better - but that's not necessarily true when it comes to posting your resume online.  You want to target your job search to the job boards that have the most potential for your industry.  These can include the large job boards such as, Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com, regional, local, and industry specific job boards.  Look each job board website over carefully, does it cost you to post to their site?  What's their privacy policy?  Can you edit or delete your resume as needed?  Can you have more than one resume in their database?  How many resume postings can you manage?  Does it currently list jobs in your industry?  Will the job board notify you if a job matching your criteria and experience is posted?  Ultimately the decisions will be up to you, the job seeker.  Choose wisely!


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