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I have always had a fondness for the resume database. In the mid 90’s I had my resume posted on Online Career Center, the precursor to Monster.com, and one day I received a call from the acquisition editor at McGraw-Hill. She wanted to know if I could write a book on Javascript. I said sure, with a little study (yeah – like 10 years worth) – BUT I asked, did she know about recruiting on the Internet? One week later I had a book contract and a year later the “Employers Guide to Recruiting on the Internet” was published.  I have always wondered if this fondness has clouded my views over recent years. When you get in my position of advising and counsel, and out of the day to day nuts and bolts of the operation, you can lose touch of what is happening in the marketplace. About 6 month ago I decided to see how these new resume database tools worked these days. So late one night I posted my resume on Monster, Careerbuilder, and Hot Jobs. Gee I wondered, maybe Google, Intel, and Deloitte would call in the morning or how about a call from Simon & Schuester this time. Unfortunately, the phone did not ring, but the emails started to flow for jobs such as cast manager, insurance sales, etc. I removed my resume from these sites after few weeks, but to this day the email messages still flow with a crazy assortment of job opportunities.But I do still get calls from folks who have real opportunities at top drawer organizations – and the source?  LinkedIn and ZoomInfo.This begs the question?? Are the big board resume databases of any value today, with their high price and OFCCP regulations restricting their usage??  Do high quality folks still play in these arenas??My recruiters still want these tools, but tracking is difficult and as prices continue to rise — with some sites charging $.50 per resume view — I wonder if the resume database business has “Jumped the Shark”??What do you think????
Original source article: Corporate Recruiting Blog