ERDB Essay

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ERDB








ELECTRONIC RESUME
DATABASES
THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TO OPTIMIZING YOUR CAREER

Introduction
Databases of a New Decade
As the day goes on, one grows anxious to hear the ring of the phone, the sound of a fax,
or the knock on the door saying ?we want you?. As easy as it may seem, getting on the
right track to pursue a career is a long and treacherous process. Companies just do not
have hours at a time to sit down and study each person?s profile. They need something
quick and easy to access. That is where the World Wide Web comes into play. The thought
of site where thousands of qualified applicants could be accessed with just the touch of a
keystroke. An electronic resume database, a database or index of resumes that can be
viewed by an employer seeking to hire someone for his company. These databases are
continuing to grow more popular as we speak. They have become the ultimate source for
anyone looking to expand his horizons in the working world. The focus of this report is to
inform the struggling job seeker that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Through
these database services, one has the opportunity to be found out by thousands of big name
companies. One might think that no big company is going to actually contact me just by
looking at my resume on the Internet. As odd as it may seem, most big companies do
recruiting on the net. From MCI to Microsoft, one could work anyone of these big
companies?just by posting himself on the web. In this report, a series of 5 resume
databases will be discussed. The summary of each database will include:

1) The name, address, and contact information for each database.
2) The geographical scope of each database.
3) The number of companies that subscribe to each database.
4) The resume formats preferred by each database.
5) The fees and services of each database.
The report will provide any curious job seeker with information about what employers are
looking for in an electronic resume and what the costs are to get started. It will also
give one the opportunity to find out what services can be provided by each company. Such
services may include building your resume for free or advertising your resume on its own
web page. Without a doubt, one will come away from reading this report convinced ? ready
to start the new age of posting resumes through an electronic resume database.


Electronic Resume Database Overview
What Database should you choose?
The Monster Board
There are so many databases made available to one on the Internet, making it difficult for
a job seeker to decide which database to do to business with. The first electronic resume
database that I checked out was The Monster Board. Probably the most well known ERD on the
Internet, this company has a lot to offer. The Monster Board is located at 5 Clocktower
Place, Suite 500 in Maryland, MA. One can go right to their web page as well
www.monsterboard.com. The Monster Board?s Personal Job Search Agent works day and night to
find job seekers the right job.

There are more than 30,000 job listings represented by big name companies right at one?s
fingertips. In fact, one out of every four people who submit his resume to The Monster
Board receives a job offer. Furthermore, over 50,000 companies worldwide subscribe to The
Monster Board. Since there are so many companies searching for qualified job seekers, the
chance of a company discovering oneself is reasonably high. All one has to do is submit a
resume. One can just paste his resume to the board. However, if the job seeker does not
currently know how to make one himself or have one made, resumes can be made built by The
Monster Board by filling in the appropriate information. There are no specific formats
that are preferred by the database. The resume can be anywhere from 1 page to 10 pages. A
job seeker has to be thinking all of this advertising cost tons of money. Guess what, the
cost is absolutely free to post a resume. Being that this is a free database, this
advertising would be best suited for any struggling job seeker to get started without
having to pay to an arm and a leg.


The JobExchange
The next electronic resume database that I did some research on is called The JobExchange.
This company also wished to bring job seekers and companies together. They are located
23461 South Pointe Drive, Suite 375 in Laguna Hills, CA. The JobExchange matches one with
a company very carefully, avoiding misunderstanding of terminology.


There are more than 27,000 job occupations waiting to be chosen from. The JobExchange
allows one to log on to either of two databases that post one?s resume. More than 30,000
companies worldwide that subscribe to this database. With this vast amount of employers,
one also has a reasonable chance to get a good job?may a job that one never thought was
attainable. With the click of a mouse, one can make his resume available to this database.
There are no specific requirements to posting a resume; however, there is one catch. This
company is not 100% free. One can submit his resume, but only part of it will be
displayed. In order to have one?s resume in full view, he must pay $22.00 every year to
keep it that way. There are also other services offered. One can post a still color photo
for $5 a page, post a 60 second video that can be viewed for $75, or an 30 second audio
track for $40. Whether one wants to be really creative, these services are unique and can
sometimes help an employer make up his mind. This database is also recommendable to
advertise with, yet they are not totally free. Their web address is www.jobexchange.com.

A ADVANCED Resume Writing Service
The third electronic resume to be reviewed is the A ADVANCED Resume Writing Service. This
company has been around for a long time. Located on 1900 E. Golf Road, #M100 in
Schaumbaurg, IL, the A ADVANCED Resume Writing Service has been serving job seekers for
more than 14 years with over 9,000 satisfied.

There are more than 5,000 job listings represented by big name companies whom are looking
for qualified personnel. More than 2,700 companies subscribe to the A ADVANCED Resume
Writing Service. This company is much smaller than most others, but appeals more to the
executive job seeker looking to make his big career move, which makes it unique. One may
post his resume, but they will have to approve it, if they think it needs work?they will
contact the job seeker to make improvements for a small fee. That fee is to purchase a
book that sell Top Secret Resumes and Cover Letters for $11.65. They also offer other
services such as interviews and one-on-one resume coaching, which cost $25 for 15 minutes.
This company seems to be well established; however, anyone who has little job experience
should avoid the A Advanced Resume Writing Service. Their web address is
www.icw.com/america/advanced.html.

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