In the beginning was the job post – a classified ad on the internet.
Then came the resume database – a collection of job seeker wit and wisdom, long and short, awful and awesome.
Employers and recruiters saw the resume database and liked it. They flourished.
Jump to now. I’m guessing that at least one-third of the job boards launched during the past year lack a resume database. What gives?
- Many of those boards are on platforms like Jobomatic, which simply doesn’t provide resume functionality.
- Resumes are seen as a dime a dozen, particularly in a down economy.
- Employers and recruiters have a bad taste in their mouths about low quality resumes – you know, the kind with misspellings, perversions of the English language, and little or no quality checks.
But I ask you: should a job board have a resume database? Is this a feature that is key to satisfying the customer, or is it a feature whose time has past? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:
PRO: Resumes are an additional revenue source. They provide another way for employers to find candidates – without being bombarded by applications to job postings. Resumes give candidates another way to market themselves to employers.
CON: Most resumes are messes. Resume searches consume time and deliver unpredictable results. Why pay for resumes when you can find them on LinkedIn or other ‘free’ sites? Resumes are a pain to maintain from a job board’s perspective.
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