You, Me, Resume

Finding a job online was all the rage five years ago. And while the Web remains a useful tool in determing what kind of work you'd like to do — and finding the perfect job — a research paper penned by Christine Fountain at the University of Washington indicates that the Web might not be the job-finding tool it once was.

Scheduled to be presented at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting next week, Fountain's research indicates that people searching for work online in 1998 had slightly better odds of finding a job — but that the advantage disappeared by 2000.

It seems that the days of scanning resumes are over.

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  • Cynthia Typaldos

    I founded and am president of a 4,000 member, volunteer-managed, professional guild called Software Product Marketing [SPM] eGroup. Although we run a popular job posting board, our major effort underway is to enable our members to become a business presence on the web. We are using free tools (e.g. blogs, egroups) and doing partnerships with companies that have additional tools (e.g. audio/visual presentations) to create the infrastructure on which our members can "hang out their shingle", network with others, and provide a 360 degree view of their accomplishments, skills, and talents, all while retaining full control and ownership over their own data. We are doing this because we believe many white collar professional jobs (including consulting jobs) now, and most in the future, will be filled by a process of seeking out the best candidates, rather than posting a job and sifting thru candidates that apply. Every white collar professional therefore needs to have a business presence on the web so that s/he will be "found" by the candidate seeker.

    We are a non-profit organization and welcome new members and new volunteers. Along with managing our existing software marketing professional guild, we are also starting up new software/internet guilds in engineering, finance, entrepreneurship, project management, sales, quality assurance, technical writing, human resources, etc. and need leaders for these guilds. All of these guilds will be linked together to be a integrated web of the software/internet industry's professionals worldwide.

    There are a number of academics at some of the top universities studying the rise of professional guilds as an inevitable reaction to the changing relationship between employers and employees. We are working with them to understand the macro view and use that as input into how we structure our guilds.

    I call the big job boards (Monster.com, HotJobs, CareerBuilder) jobosaurs. The Jobosaurus Era is ending (it was rather short!). Check out my presentation on The Future of Professional Guilds to see what comes next.

    I look forward to comments and feedback from other Fast Company readers.

    Cynthia Typaldos
    cynthia@typaldos.com
    Typaldos SPM ResumeBlog
    Founder and President
    Software Product Marketing eGroup
    Professional Guild

  • Roger

    Finding a job in today's economy using any means is a difficult task. The internet helps identfy openings, but companys use it to sheild themselves from actually having any real interation with prospective employees.

    Job listings have undisclosed companys, or resumes must be submitted online or to hr@companyname mailboxes. Follow-up contact by the perspective employee is discouraged.

    Most companies fail when it comes to common courtesy. Submit a resume to 100 site and you'll be lucky to get 10 acknowledgements, let alone any indication about the opening.

    The web has made it easy to send your resume into a black hole.