As the job market heats up and the applicant pool expands, more
and more employers are allowing potential job seekers to apply
directly online or through online recruiting companies.

But for many students, greater opportunity to post their resume
has not translated into greater opportunity to land a quality
job.

University alum Amy Roth, who graduated in May, started her job
hunt in January and finally landed a job in May – no thanks to the
online services she used.

“I used (online recruiting companies) Monstertrak, Hotjobs, and
more,” Roth said. “It’s a process that I wouldn’t ever want to go
through again.”

As she applied for work online, Roth said she often had to
change her resume and place it exactly into the format requested by
the company or recruiting company.

“When you put your resume into (the company’s) form, you take
away a lot of your personality,” she added.

Recent graduate Rachael White said she also used many of the
online recruiting companies and received many e-mails, but from the
wrong types of recruiters.

“The only e-mails I got were from people who were working for
bogus companies, like telemarketing firms or recruiters who said
they could find me a job for a fee,” White said.

Both Roth and White said the single most important tool in job
searching is networking. Roth’s current job at Duke University
finally came through because her employer at the University knew
her employer at Duke.

Jim Danielski, director of Career Planning Specialists in
Plymouth, and Shannon Bednar, recruiting assistant for the Business
School’s Office of Career Development, echoed the sentiments of
these recent graduates.

“Studies have been repeated over the years showing that 60 to 65
percent of jobs are gotten through networking – a tool that is more
powerful than anything else,” Danielski said.

When you post an application onto an online recruitment website,
“you have people from all over the world looking at the same thing,
and it is quite possible that (target) recruiters will never see
it,” Danielski said.

According to a recent article published in the Wall Street
Journal’s Career Journal, large companies are often inundated with
countless numbers of resumes. For example, pharmaceutical giant
Merck receives 30,000 resumes per month.

“In sending e-mail, it is really easy for a person to just press
delete,” Roth said.

Bednar added that she felt most online applications ended up in
the “giant human-resources trashcan in the sky.”

Still, career counselor Lynne Sebille-White, assistant director
of recruitment services at the University’s Career Center, said
students should not disregard online recruiting altogether.

“For (online recruiting) to be most effective, students must
research companies and follow up,” she said. “Just applying online
is probably not going to get you to the next step.”

The Career Center maintains its own online recruiting site
called “Mployment Link,” but unlike conventional Internet-based
recruiting websites, Mployment Link is exclusively for University
students and only registers recruiters who specifically cater to
that group.

“The companies (on Mployment Link) have a vested interest in the
students,” Sebille-White said. “They are spending resources to come
to the campus, to interview and to recruit.”

The Business School and Engineering School each have their own
recruiting websites, “iMpact” and “EnginTRAK,” respectively.

In regards to online job seeking, Sebille-White advised that
applicants should let their own experience guide them-but that
“applicants need to use a variety of resources and never put all of
their eggs in one basket.”

But Danielski was not so optimistic about the benefits of online
job application: “don’t hold your breath,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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