There are still many resumes on the Internet. Google is still by far the best search engine. However, Googling the world wide web for online resumes has stopped being productive for the majority of locations and industries, with few exceptions.
I'll share some thoughts, as to why Googling for Resumes is Obsolete, shortly. Let us first look at a typical Google "Boolean String" in the style still taught in some Sourcing classes or auto-created by a "Boolean builder" system.
Even with a search this “open-ended”, the number of results is small - and there are still plenty of false positives. We have found fewer than 100 resumes worth viewing; some of them are outdated.
(Note that the target here is Software professionals who are more likely to own websites and more comfortable posting content than many other professionals. In a search for accountants or registered nurses, chances to get any results at all would be slim.)
Compare the above Google search with these searches. (A comparison can only be approximate, of course; I am trying to look for similar target profiles):
You see? Way fewer people post resumes online on their sites, compared to ~10 years ago. Many more people post professional information on various social sites.
Here are some additional reasons why Googling for Resumes in the above "old style" is not productive.
It's time to stop Googling for Resumes "old-style". I have and will be sharing ideas and methods that do work for Sourcing on my blog and elsewhere. You can count on that.
Your comments are welcome!