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Do you know where your resume is? Are you sure?

Though this may appear to be an odd question at first glance, this query deserves your careful attention and consideration.

Given that job seekers tend to post their resumes on as many job boards as possible, one has to wonder where the document is actually going to end up, and in whose hands.

Posting a resume to the numerous job boards available on the Internet today, the resume becomes property of the public domain, and therefore, so too is your private contact information. This exposes participants to email spam, and the potential for identity theft, on the extreme end of the spectrum.

This means that the owner no longer has any control over the resume, or what will eventually become of it. Also, keep in mind that the resume will likely be re-circulated several times before it finds a final resting place.

That is not to say that job boards should not be included as part of your job search toolbox, on the contrary, however, it would be wise to research the selected job boards, before submitting private and personal information in the hope of securing gainful employment.

Once your resume is released into cyberspace, it may still be floating around a year from now, long after you have secured a new position. This could prove to be an embarrassing situation if a current employer should happen across it, and assumes of course, that you are once again conducting a private job search.

Keep in mind that a reasonably high percentage of the jobs posted on job boards are not legitimate current job openings, but rather a firm’s presence and ‘brand’, particularly for recruiting firms and personnel agencies. The larger job boards afford an easy and effective way of list building for all of the employers registered with the service.

Conduct research on the job boards, or any websites, that you are considering disclosing personal information to, and seek out others that have an interest in your field to learn what has worked for them in their own job search process.

Search for discussion forums for like-minded individuals in your field of interest or expertise, and share ideas on what has, and has not, worked in a number of job search areas; particularly the success ratio on job boards such as Monster, Workopolis, and CareerBuilder. In addition, learn what you can on job search engines such as Indeed and Simply Hired, to name just two.

Once again, a strategic job search comes down to conducting sufficient 'research and networking.'

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