Handle your Résumé like a Fairy Tale Princess and you could wait a loooooong time for Prince Charming to find it.

You spend hours fine-tuning your résumé and finally post it on a job board/online profile, thinking you can be done with it and just wait for a recruiter to find it like a fairy tale prince in search of the girl who left her glass slipper behind at the ball.

Whether you post on LinkedIn.com, Dice.com (technical positions), Hotjobs.com, Careerbuilder.com, Craigslist.org, etc., you must go in regularly to update, re-tweak, and re-post your résumé. My common practice when job hunting is about once every week or every other week - you can choose your own frequency based on the calls/emails you're receiving from recruiters. Why do this? Please indulge my fairy tale metaphor fetish once again:

Prince charming has a constant mob of potential princesses throwing themselves at him,
so it's up to you to keep that glass slipper clean, polished, and
right in his line of vision if you want him to notice you. That prince
has many slipper piles to sift through and many different stores to
frequent in his search.

Recruiters now have multiple avenues to use to search for candidates, so if you don't refresh your résumé from time-to-time, you'll quickly end up at the bottom of database queries. Once you post your information there's someone else right behind you, so it's up to you to promote yourself and stay at the top of the pile. You could get noticed right away, but if you don't, you can't just post it once and sit there waiting and wishing.

Re-posting doesn't just mean using the exact same version of your résumé - you can do that a couple times, however, you do need revisit it and re-work it. If you keep re-posting the same version and it yields no calls/emails, then you likely need to zip it up to increase its appeal. Look for tips on that in future entries!

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