This article will teach you how to create a resume profile that recruiters will find and how to search for jobs on Monster
Monster is one of the original career sites and has built up a loyal following over the years. It is a good idea to create a resume profile and to search for jobs on Monster because many recruiters use it regularly.
Monster – http://www.monster.com/
Please note: Monster is always changing, so some information found in this chapter may change over time.
How to Create a Resume Profile on Monster
To increase the chances of recruiters finding your resume on Monster, it is important to create an effective profile. Let’s go through the steps to creating an effective profile on Monster.
Step 1 – Go to https://www.monster.com/ and hit the Post a Resume icon at the top middle. This will take you to a page where you can upload your resume.
Step 2 – Hit the Upload Your Resume icon in the middle of the page. It will take you to a page asking for your email and to set up a password. Also, it gives you the option: “Email me career-related Monster updates and job opportunities.” Check Yes to be sent job alerts. It will also ask: “Email me Monster partner offers and promotions.” For this, check No so that you do not get unrelated solicitations. Then hit Register.
Step 3 – The next page asks for the following information: First Name, Last Name, Country, ZIP Code, Current Career Level, Education level. You should fill in all the info and use the drop-down menus to choose the options that most fit your background.
Step 4 – Next, you will be asked for more information in the following categories: Resume Name, Desired Job Title, Most Recent Job Title, Most Recent Employer, Work Authorization for US, Make My Resume Searchable by Employers, Make My Resume Searchable by Diversity Employers, Give Me a FREE Resume Critique, Upload an Existing Resume or Create a Monster Resume. Let’s break these down one at a time.
a) Resume Name – Give your resume a name. Keep it simple and focused on your name and job title. For example, Joe Smith Retail Store Manager. Remember that potential employers are going to see this.
b) Desired Job Title – List the desired job you are looking for.
c) Most Recent Job Title – List your most recent job title.
d) Most Recent Employer – List the last employer you worked for.
e) Work authorization for US – If you work in the US, pick one of the drop-down choices that most closely describes your situation.
f) Make My Resume Searchable by Employers – Select Yes so employers can find your resume in the database.
g) Make My Resume Searchable by Diversity Employers – Select Yes if you fall under a diversity category.
h) Give Me a FREE Resume Critique – Select No. If you’ve followed my tips for writing an effective resume, your resume should be fine.
i) Upload an Existing Resume or Create a Monster Resume – Upload a resume. This saves time; plus, you already have a great resume. After uploading your resume, you’ll be taken to the next page and will move on to Step 5.
Step 5 – This page allows you to add more information into your resume profile. My advice is to fill out as much as you can to increase your chances of being found by recruiters.
The following is information on these different areas.
a) View Resume – Before posting, you can make sure your uploaded resume looks good by clicking View Resume in the top corner.
b) Resume Visibility – You have 3 visibility choices: Visible to Recruiters, Limited, or Private. Keep it visible.
c) Your Profile Info – In this section, most of the areas have been pre-populated with information from your resume or from what you have already filled in. These areas include: Most Recent Job Title, Most Recent Employer, ZIP Code, Work Authorization for US, Current Career Level, Current Education Level. Check to make sure everything is filled out correctly.
d) Your Ideal Position – You’ll be asked if your pre-populated search title is correct. If yes, then keep it the way it is. You will also be asked about your minimum to maximum salary preferences. I recommend keeping salary blank so as not to lose out on salary-based roles.
e) Work Industries – If there are specific industries you want to work in, such as healthcare, the choose the option that matches your industry. You have 2 options for this section.
f) Job Occupations – This section allows you to select two job titles that you are looking for. In most cases, this is useful, so fill in the job titles that match the jobs you’re searching for.
g) Job Location – Your location is based on the ZIP Code/postal code you pre-selected. If you are open to other locations, click the I’m Interested in Other Locations button. From the drop-down selection, choose the locations where you would be willing to work.
h) Desired Job Type – Choose the type of job you are looking for: Employee, Intern, Temporary/Contract/Project, Seasonal.
i) Desired Job Status – Choose what job status you want: Full-Time, Part-Time, or Per Diem.
j) Are you willing to relocate? – Choose Yes if you would be willing to move for a new job. If you do not want to relocate, choose No.
k) Are you willing to travel? – From the drop-down menu, select the amount of time you would travel for a job: No Travel Required, Up to 25%, Up to 50%, Up to 75%, and Up to 100%.
l) What languages do you speak? – Select the languages you speak and at what level of fluency. If the language you speak is not listed, you can add it by clicking Add Language. Some companies value and are looking for multilingual candidates, so I recommend selecting all the languages you speak.
m) Have you served in the military? – If you served in the military, select the option that reflects your background.
n) Do you have security clearance? – If you have a security clearance, select what clearance you have.
o) What is your citizenship? – Choose your citizenship status.
p) When are you available to start? – From the drop-down menu, select when you can start a new role.
q) Hit the Save Settings icon at the bottom of the page and your selections will be saved.
Looking for Jobs on Monster
It is important to search for jobs on Monster every day, since not all jobs will show up in your job alerts. Below are the steps to look for a job on Monster.
Step 1 – Go to http://www.monster.com/ and hit the Find Jobs icon in the top right corner. Click the Advanced Search option in the drop-down menu. This will bring you to the Advanced Search page
Step 2 – In the Advanced Search page, generate a job search using the following criteria: Job Titles, Companies, Location, Job Type, Posting Date. Below you will find information for each.
a) Job Titles – Choose the job titles you want to search for. You can search for more than one by clicking Add Another Job Title.
b) Companies – Select Jobs by Companies if there are specific companies you would like to work for. You also have the option to add more than one company by hitting Add Another Company. Unless there are specific companies you are looking to target, I would keep this blank.
c) Location – This allows you to search for jobs based on city, state or ZIP Code.
d) Job Type – Select what type of job type you are looking for, such as Full Time, Contract, Part Time, Internship, Temp, and Other. You can select more than one option.
e) Posting Date – This section allows you to narrow or expand a job search based on how long a job has been open. Select one of these options: Any Date, Today, Yesterday, Last 3 Days, Last 7 Days, Last 14 Days, or Last 30 days. When you first start looking for jobs, keep your search open by choosing Any Date. After you have done a few searches and have already found all the older jobs, change the Posting Date to Today so only recent jobs will show up in the search.
Step 3 – Click the Search for Jobs button. A list of jobs based on your search criteria will appear. Some jobs will let you apply via your existing Monster resume or will take you to the employer’s website to complete an application.
As Monster has such an established recruiter clientele, it is recommended that you follow this chapter’s advice as closely as possible. By creating a Monster resume that employers will find, creating alerts to stay up-to-breast on new job openings, and looking for jobs regularly on Monster, you’ll increase your chances of landing a job.