Submitting Your Resume

Submitting your resume refers to doing two things concurrently: one is submitting your resume and the other one is tracking it. You may be surprised to learn that there are several different ways to submit your resume to an organization. The standard one involves you submitting it through the designated system within that company; that is, you see an ad, you respond to the ad, you send them the tailored resume, and you wait.

Another one involves identifying a firm that you want to work for, finding the person who is in the role that you want to be associated with or heads the unit that you want to be working for, speaking with that person, and forwarding your resume to them. But ultimately, what we’re trying to do is get to the right person within the firm by working within their systems or outside of their systems.

At the same time, you also need to track what you’re doing as you go along. There are a few different ways to track where you send your resume. The old fashioned way is each is time you send out a resume, put a copy of the job description and a copy of the tailored resume you sent in a single file folder. That way, when the phone rings or you get the email, you’ll be prepared to speak to that organization based upon the information in the resume that you’ll both have in front of you.

There is also an online system called that allows you to do for free. As you would expect, they have cloud-based services as well as iOS and Android. You can also search for a free applicant tracking system and use it to track what you do just like recruiters track what they do. Many provide free limited use versions. I’m reluctant to mention any in particular because firms come and go. Just do a Google search and locate one and use it as long as it works in the cloud and for a mobile device.

Just use something!


Although LinkedIn is less expensive than job boards, smaller firms find it expensive to pay to search the database on LinkedIn. After all, a LinkedIn Recruiter account still costs many thousands per year to search the entire database. They can message up to 100 people per month through inMail. It’s still expensive if you have only one or two positions to fill per year.

You might be wondering about submitting your resume to job boards where your resume can be viewed by companies looking for specific backgrounds. Should you submit your resume to these sites? The answer is yes and no.

It’s yes insofar as a certain number of organizations are willing to pay for access to view the resumes users have posted. When I say pay, you have to understand that only the firms that are willing to pay the enormous amounts of money these sites charge are going to see your resume. No other firms will.

If you only rely upon job boards, you’re going to miss all the small to mid-sized firms looking for employees; and, frankly, it’s the small to mid-sized firms which are where the bulk of the growth is in the US economy right now. They are doing most of the hiring and they just can’t afford to spend the $15,000 to $20,000 a year to access the resume databases in some of these services.

Also, when you submit your resume to a job board it falls into a lower place on searches with each new resume uploaded that is similar to yours. Unless you refresh your listing frequently or re-submit your resume all the time, who is ever going to see it after two or three weeks? After all, many other people are submitting their resume so yours falls further and further and further down the list of search results unless you constantly refresh or re-submit your resume. In terms of strategy, the big resume-submission websites are limited.

Although you should do things to attract people to your LinkedIn profile and you should upload resumes to job boards, only doing this provides limited results.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2020 



Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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