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Job hunting? Try online recruitment services

Online recruitment services are giving job seekers control of their search by allowing them to choose the companies that see their resumes. Before you put yourself on the online job market, take a look at what services are out there.

A fair amount of IT executives are on the job hunt right now.

Most are passive job seekers, but as many as half are seriously looking for a move up, and a legion of others are putting their skills “out there� to see what kind of offers they get.

Online recruiting services are giving them the option to look both aggressively and casually. They’re finding lots of success, especially in shaving off months of time in searching for the right position. “Just to get to the point of an interview, there have been so many bottlenecks in the traditional world. That’s what has driven the streamlining of online recruiting,� says HotJobs.com spokesperson Robert Liu.

Online recruitment services aim to give job seekers control of the search by allowing them to choose the companies that see their resumes. Here’s a look at what’s available and a rundown of their features.

Search with confidence
David Reiseman, a spokesperson for Headhunter.net , says the site is ideal for the IT executive who wants to discreetly search for a position.

“Using Headhunter, you don’t have to leave any footprints with your [current] company. You don’t have to think, ‘If I throw my name out there for a job or post my resume, someone from my company might see.’ You can [job search] with confidence at Headhunter.�

It’s free to post a resume on Headhunter.net, but a fee is charged for enhanced services. The site’s VIP Resume Reserve lets pensive job seekers keep their resumes confidential and exclusive, allowing only a small pool of employers—most offering six-figure salary positions—to take a peek.

Users have the same job pool without the service, says Reiseman, but this service “allows them to make their resume a little more visible [to companies offering top salaries]. We put that on the site for people wanting to increase the visibility of their resume.�

According to Media Metrix, Headhunter.net has the highest repeat users in the $75,000 income range. Reiseman says this is an indicator that executives are having luck using the site.

“It’s not only connecting them with job openings, but the right jobs,� he says. “They’re not getting calls from employers they’re not interested in. It’s a good matchmaking service.

“Headhunter has a higher quality of job seekers and resumes, which in turn attracts a higher caliber of job posters and employers,� he continues. “Even if you’re not hell-bent on finding a new job, it’s a good way to see what’s out there and a lot of times that results in getting a new job when you weren’t really looking.�

Take control of the search
HotJobs.com , a service that supplies the listings in TechRepublic’s job directory, gives passive job seekers a more active role in managing their job search. From a list of member companies, users decide which of those will have access to their information.

The service is free to job seekers, who can search for jobs and apply for them, dealing directly with member companies. An individual looking more passively can post a resume and allow designated member companies to make contact. The HotBlock feature allows users to block their resume from the companies they designate. “If your current employer has a HotJobs membership, you don’t have to worry about them seeing your resume,� says Robert Liu, a HotJobs spokesperson.

HotJobs.com also offers real-time access to the number of times your resume has come up in a search and the number of times your resume has been viewed. Users can also use Search Agent, which finds the types of job the user designates and e-mails them to the user when positions are posted.

“We pride ourselves on being the most secure place on the Internet,� says Liu. “Some Web sites are just online version of the classifieds. We come at it from a headhunter’s and staffing industry’s background. We understand about the need for privacy. No executive with a six-figure salary is ever going to put his or her resume where just anybody can find it.�

More good options
Here are some other sites that offer special services for executives:
  • ·        Fortune Magazine and Career Mosaic have teamed to offer the Career Resource Center , aimed at professionals on their way up the company ladder. There, users can post resumes, search for jobs, and get tips on how to get that dream job. There’s no charge to post a resume.
  • ·        Another site for top-level professionals is ExecutiveAgent.com , which deals exclusively with recruiters. Like many others, ExecutiveAgent.com gives resume access only to designated recruiters. The site promises a cost savings: For $99, ExecutiveAgent.com sends a resume to a user’s entire target list of recruiters.
  • ·        Monster.com also gives users several options when posting a resume. Users can designate their resumes to be non-searchable, which allows the user to apply for a job online, but recruiters will not have access to search it through the resume database product. Users who allow their resumes to be searchable grant access to paying recruiters, hiring managers, headhunters, and human resource professionals. It’s free to job seekers.
    Although Monster.com doesn’t offer special confidentiality for executives, the Executive portion of the site offers
    tips, interviews with experts, links to books, and other resources for the busy professional.

Beware of solicitors
There are many other sites to choose from, and it’s important to read privacy and disclosure statements carefully. Experts warn that a good career Web site will not sell users’ personal information or display it without permission.

Most sites do allow users to choose how much contact information they wish to display when posting resumes. Be aware, however, that any personal information—such as an e-mail address—can be collected and used by third parties, and most online services won’t take responsibility.

Jump-starting your job search
How effective are online services in helping individuals find jobs? While it can still take a year or more for an individual to find an executive-level position, online services are saving time.

“The Internet as a whole has sped up the process of job searching,� says Reiseman. “There are hundreds of thousands of employers all over the world. You can now search for jobs that were once restricted to a local audience. Now, the number of jobs is wide open. It’s matching people up a lot faster.�

While searching for a position online will probably never fully replace the face-to-face interview, the technology is helping individuals to be more selective about the employers they meet.

“At the very least, it’s an essential part of the job-seeking process,� says Reiseman. “There are a lot of different avenues, but from our standpoint, we think it’s essential to use an online recruiting service.�
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