1. Recruiters spam candidates.
Mostly, they use keywords that might have zero relevance to your job search. For example, you have the word “java” in your resume but you were referring to the coffee campaign you produced instead of the software you can’t develop. They don’t care. Odds are, they’ll send the same email to 100 people in an hour and not go beyond a cursory glance at any of them. That’s not good company to be in.
2. Your company won’t appreciate seeing your profile there.
Monster is not a social network. A Monster job posting is the web equivalent of a Help Wanted sign, and you have no reason to be there unless you’re ready to field the question as to “why?” from your boss. Your job must really suck if you’re willing to risk it.
3. Do you not know anyone in your field?
Your professional network is going to be a far more effective tool. Ask the colleagues you respect to spread the word about you to hiring managers in your industry. A few degrees of separation and you’ll have real leads. If you don’t know anyone in your field, you might consider changing it, and that’s not going to happen on a job board either.
4. It’s a waste of time for more reasons that could fill an arc.
You don’t know the history of the position, if the hiring manager is a jerk, how many candidates are interviewing, if the job is about to be filled or has been already, or if anyone is even looking at resumes after the 500 people who applied before you turned them off to even looking anymore. You’re basically staking your career and efforts on a box of text that looks appealing, but probably isn’t. Wouldn’t it be nice to actually know something about this so called great job before you press a suit and spend half a day finding out if you even like the wallpaper there?
5. Who’s posting the job?
If the position is really that wonderful, don’t you think they’d be able to fill it internally or within the networks of their own employees? Ignore this of course if jobs cutting lawns or cleaning toilets are what you’re after. Those definitely belong on Monster.
6. You look really desperate trolling for jobs
– Unless it’s a last course i.e. layoff. People who apply through Monster when they are employed are a red flag, especially if they hit send during business hours. You are supposed to be this rock star employee but you sent in your resume at 9:30AM on a Monday on your company dime? Who says you won’t be doing that again when you get inside their organization and have a bad week?
7. Do you really have nowhere else to look?
There are a plethora of places to go both on and offline to network with professionals, meet employees at game changing companies, and make a personal connection with someone or share an interesting insight that can lead to something. Check out a local meetup, hit a conference, or reconnect with an old colleague and see what they’ve been up to and what they are hearing about good places to work in your field.
8. Humanize your job search–draw outside of the lines.
Most great opportunities are created out of thin air and by building relationships. You should be networking enough to not need to freak out if your company closes the doors; enough that you can send out an email to people who know you and your capabilities and instantly want to introduce you to their friends who are hiring, or can create a role for you with a snap of their fingers. Every great position I’ve had was not what something I found on a job board. It started with a two-way conversation to understand a business and to ascertain my capabilities, and then carve out a role beneficial to both parties; or it was someone coming to me directly with an opportunity that was very compelling. Instead of looking for “job openings,” look for companies solving problems that peak your curiosity and go talk to them directly!
9. You won’t find the right caliber of employers.
Why would you want to work for a company that sees the next critical hire as something to be broadcast to a site of people who are perpetual job hoppers or people out of work? Good people are usually working, not surfing the web. Good companies don’t have to pay 300 smackaroos for a block of text to market to anyone and everyone. They keep the gate closed, keep a great pipeline, and the community is always banging down the door to get in.
10. Monster is all about the resume.
Well, forget that. We are not the 1-2 pages of our resume and that’s all they will see. A conversation leads to a job, which leads to a resume for the rest of the partners to review before they meet you. Odds are they won’t care. If your new boss likes you, they’ll look for red flags and see if they went to college with you. Otherwise, they can’t wait to meet you and hear all about what you’re going to do for them to propel their business forward.