The Death of Online Resume Databases?

In the past year, I have seen a major decline in the quality of resumes posted on online resume database websites such as Monster.com, Indeed.com, and EFinancialCareers.com.

As a recruiter, I pay an annual subscription fee in order to access the resumes posted on these websites. In years past, they were a great resource for finding highly qualified candidates for the specialized executive roles I recruit for. Now, they seem to be empty of quality, and I am wondering if it is even worthwhile to continue to sift through all the hay to find the one needle.

My suspicion is that with the incredible growth of LinkedIn as a professional online networking platform, the website is also beginning to replace traditional online resume databases, because it can function that way too. It seems to me that a lot of professionals think that once they’ve filled out their LinkedIn profile with their job description and past experience, they have essentially signalled that they are out there, waiting for a recruiter to contact them. Those that are actively searching for a new role tend to be more active on LinkedIn, connecting with recruiters and old and current colleagues, posting in groups, and applying for jobs via LinkedIn.

Readers, is this the case for you? Are you actively looking for a job and if so, do you have your resume posted on an online database or do you feel that LinkedIn suffices?

If so, this represents a seismic shift in the way that people are conducting their job search today versus two to five years ago.

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Jack Kelly is CEO of Compliance Search Group and publisher of the CompliancEX blog and newsletter. Beth Connolly is Editor-in-Chief of the Wall Street Job Report and the Compliance Exchange. She blogs creatively at When Nutmeg Met Basil. Connect with her on LinkedIn , Twitter, and About.Me.

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