No BS Resume Advice: Resume Blasting. Should You?


Resume blasting services work under the premise that they will voluntarily or involuntarily, collect addresses of employment agents, recruiters, executive search professionals, and, perhaps, hiring managers, who will delight at receiving your resume when you send it.

These people, according to the blasting services, represent the hidden job market and want to know about you. However, the real sentence should read that these people will want to know about you at just this magic moment when you decide to send your resume.

How likely do you think that is?

In my 40+ years in the search business, I never once received a resume through a blasting service that was useful to me. Not once.

I am sure the same is true for others.

I have received resumes from refrigeration specialists, chicken feather pluckers, and a host of other skills I have never once sought in the course of a search.

Why do people spend $50 to $375 for such a useless service?

I understand that people are afraid of not finding work; that they are sometimes pressured by friends and family directly (“So, what did you do today to find work, you lazy oaf”) or indirectly (“How’s the search coming). I understand that you may feel like you’re doing something … but you aren’t doing anything positive. What you are doing is annoying a bunch of people who you want to help you, who are hitting the delete key instead of reading your resume because we recognize the spammer’s formatting (yes, you are a spammer when you use these services, and you are wasting many an innocent victim’s time. Remember, many of us are salespeople for whom time IS money.

So, please don’t use a service to blast your resume.


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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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