Mark & Michael or anyone else with info ...

I recently listened to your podcast 2006/10/2 "Contacting Recruiters" and your final point there was to "insist" that the recruiter doesn't "spam" my resume around.
1. Now I am likely like a bunch of people, and I have posted my resume around,,, etc.
2. I have also worked with some recruiters and I never insisted that they do not Spam my resume.
3. I have sent my resume out to a number of companies, but based on your podcast, the company might not be forthcoming with the specific reason why they didn't contact me.

Perhaps I am being weeded out because they see that they need to pay a recruiter fee?
What can I do at this point?
If I contact a company directly, is there a way I can help the company not pay that fee?

Since your podcast I have removed my resume from based on your advice. Thanks for the great podcasts. Keep up the effort!



bflynn's picture

I would be doubtful that a recruiter is spamming your resume. I don't want to be harsh, but the problem is more than likely the content of your resume.

It can be a difficult thing to do, but try to look at your resume impartially. Don't think "Does this say what I want it to about me". Think "Does this say what the recruiter wants to see to land me an interview." In general, if you are not getting interviews, the problem 99.99% of the time is your resume. Having it in a good format isn't enough. You must also have good content.

General steps that I'll recommend -
1) Forget the resume and go talk to your network - everyone who you talk with on a semi-regular basis. Start with your friends and they should be able to give you a good read on yourself
2) Rework your resume
a) think of the perfect job that you want. Be specific
b) think of what in your past recommends you for the job
c) make sure those items are on your resume
3) Now put the word out to your network about the kind of job you're looking for.
4) Maintain a big resume and trim it to the one page of most relevant information for the specific job you're submitting for.

Generally, I've found Monster, Dice, Careerbuilder, HotJobs, etc to be very unhelpful, except at generating spam. Most of the people who pull your resume off the site are contract recruiters who have a position that you might be vaguely qualified for based on a technical keyword. I will say that is in a different category. The positions being advertised are a higher quality.

Hope this helps.


mattmartone's picture

Regarding hotjobs, you can make your resume invisible to contract recruiters and only visible to direct employers. You might want to try logging in and checking that out.

You can also block your current employer.

fcch_mngtools's picture

Brian has some excelent points.

You might therefore want to listen to:

Good luck.

Mark's picture
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I'm sorry this has taken me so long. I regret my absence.

There's good advice here. Once you start posting on Monster (and nothing terribly wrong with that) recruiter spam isn't your issue.

Again, my apologies for my delay.