+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 16 of 23
  1. #1
    SurfDoctor is offline Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    California
    Posts
    6,445

    Have you ever gotten a job through Monster.com?

    I am in no way looking for a job, but I have friends and loved ones that are. Most of the people I have talked to tell me that Monster does not often yield them a job or even an interview. One person remarked that putting a job application in on Monster was like dropping it in a black hole. Have you had a similar or different experience? If you have had success, do you have any tips I can share with others?

  2. #2
    b4cz28 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    2,820
    It’s funny you posted this. I was at a friend’s house and about three or four of us were talking about the same thing. Not one of us had gotten a job or known someone that has.
    The Bible

  3. #3
    airtorn is offline Moderator
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Las Vegas
    Posts
    2,171
    After finishing her master's, my wife found a full-time teaching job at a local ACICS school through monster.com. She taught there for a couple of semesters before moving on to bigger and better things. The biggest thing that helped her get the job were master's degree in hand, prior teaching experience, and the flexibility to work the required hours.

  4. #4
    wmdude is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    29
    I did, but that was about 4 years ago. Now the major job boards seem to have more junk on them than good jobs.

  5. #5
    b4cz28 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    2,820
    So she did send her info through monster?
    The Bible

  6. #6
    airtorn is offline Moderator
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Las Vegas
    Posts
    2,171
    Quote Originally Posted by b4cz28 View Post
    So she did send her info through monster?
    She did but contacted the school directly a day or two later.

  7. #7
    SurfDoctor is offline Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    California
    Posts
    6,445
    Quote Originally Posted by airtorn View Post
    She did but contacted the school directly a day or two later.
    This seems like a good idea.

  8. Advertisement

  9. #8
    John Bear is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    The bluest city in the bluest state
    Posts
    6,170
    Seven or eight years ago, when I was doing regular appearances on Good Morning America, ABC took out an employer subscription to Monster, and then we searched their millions of resumes for those listing fake degrees. We concentrated only on the totally fake, not the debatable unaccredited ones. When we reached 5,000 high level ones, we stopped, but the actual number would have been vastly higher. By 'high level,' I mean either those with six-figure jobs, academic jobs, jobs with high responsibility, and so on. From the several hundred with Columbia State University degrees came the nine segments aired over the next few months.

    Around that time, my publisher had the very clever idea of approaching Monster to offer a resume-checking service, weeding out the beyond-any-doubt fake degree listings, which would give Monster marketing an edge. Summarily rejected. Not too long after, it became public that the top guy at Monster.com himself had a fake MBA . Oh dear.

  10. #9
    cookderosa is offline Resident Chef
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Illinois--> North Carolina
    Posts
    3,849
    Quote Originally Posted by SurfDoctor View Post
    I am in no way looking for a job, but I have friends and loved ones that are. Most of the people I have talked to tell me that Monster does not often yield them a job or even an interview. One person remarked that putting a job application in on Monster was like dropping it in a black hole. Have you had a similar or different experience? If you have had success, do you have any tips I can share with others?
    In 2001 my dh was using the internet in his job seach. He applied for about 150 jobs (that he was qualified for) using monster and a few others (career builder, etc) but didn't get a single interview. He also applied to about another 50 that were a stretch for his qualifications or that he was totally overqualified for (PAnera counter boy). But, not even a "no" most of the time. The courtesy emails he got could be counted on 1 hand. In the end, it was a local lead via networking that landed him a job. I can't imagine my husband (who is pretty kick ass lol) wasn't a competitive applicant. My assessment agrees with the black hole theory- total waste of time.
    Last edited by cookderosa; 01-22-2011 at 05:01 AM.
    Jennifer
    MS Applied Nutrition, Canisius College
    AA & BA Social Science, Thomas Edison State College
    AOS Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of America

    The placebo effect should be kicking in any minute.

  11. #10
    ITJD is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Northern Massachusetts, USA
    Posts
    919
    I have gotten interviews and phone screens.

    I'd argue that it's not Monster but the process and economy.

    1. These days you must be a perfect fit for the job you're applying for. There are too many people without jobs and monster is the easiest way to apply for jobs. The competition is extreme. Companies are not looking for underqualified or overqualified as they're hedging bets due to volume, they're looking for qualified.

    2. You must apply for the positions on boards within 30 minutes to an hour of them being posted to have any chance at all of being noticed. Most jobs get hundreds of applicants and recruiters only really look at the first 10-20.

    3. Screening software eliminates a lot of candidates due to spelling errors and cutely formatted resumes. Always have an ASCII resume, always have skill lists and key points at the top of the resume. Do not name your resume "resume.doc", rather name it something like "firstname_lastname.doc"

    There are fewer and fewer humans doing screening and those that do are only looking at a small subset of submissions. Stand out and be on top of the job postings for best results, and it doesn't hurt to call the employers directly after a day or two as others have already stated.

    Best
    IT
    DBA/PHD - Still reviewing options. Please PM suggestions if desired.
    MBA - Isenberg School of Management - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    BSIT- Western Governors' University
    BA History - Northeastern University
    Listing technical certifications would be brutal, so I've added up the letters in the initials of the certs and put them back to back.. the total is 113.

  12. #11
    SurfDoctor is offline Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    California
    Posts
    6,445
    Quote Originally Posted by ITJD View Post
    I have gotten interviews and phone screens.

    I'd argue that it's not Monster but the process and economy.

    1. These days you must be a perfect fit for the job you're applying for. There are too many people without jobs and monster is the easiest way to apply for jobs. The competition is extreme. Companies are not looking for underqualified or overqualified as they're hedging bets due to volume, they're looking for qualified.

    2. You must apply for the positions on boards within 30 minutes to an hour of them being posted to have any chance at all of being noticed. Most jobs get hundreds of applicants and recruiters only really look at the first 10-20.

    3. Screening software eliminates a lot of candidates due to spelling errors and cutely formatted resumes. Always have an ASCII resume, always have skill lists and key points at the top of the resume. Do not name your resume "resume.doc", rather name it something like "firstname_lastname.doc"

    There are fewer and fewer humans doing screening and those that do are only looking at a small subset of submissions. Stand out and be on top of the job postings for best results, and it doesn't hurt to call the employers directly after a day or two as others have already stated.

    Best
    IT
    Good ideas, thanks. I'll pass those along.

  13. #12
    Maniac Craniac is offline Moderator
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    punoɹɐ ƃuıƃuɐɥ ʇsnɾ
    Posts
    6,091
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by cookderosa View Post
    My assessment agrees with the black hole theory- total waste of time.
    It only takes a few minutes to send out resumés via Monster and similar sites. I, too, was unsuccessful in using these services, but since I could send my resumés to 20 or so places within 10 minutes of waking up (still feeling groggy and having not eaten breakfast), I felt it better to do so than to not do so.

    It is kind of like if the corner store was giving out free lottery tickets. I'd never buy one, but if it was free, and wasn't out of the way, I would at least take one. Besides, since I was unemployed, it wasn't like I had anything better to do with that 10 minutes per day
    BA, Social Sciences ---- The University Formerly Known As Thomas Edison State College

    If you're tired of starting over, STOP GIVING UP!!! -Shia LaBoeuf

  14. #13
    dlcurious is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Houston, Tejas
    Posts
    330
    I have had better luck recently submitting resumes thru indeed.com and simplyhired.com, which link to individual company sites as well as jobs posted on the bigger boards. It seems easier to post your resume to the larger sites then refresh them every few days, if by no other way than editing it, added a blank space, and resaving it... recruiters tend to look more at the most recent resumes.
    i m edumacated thanx too distunce lerning.

    MEd, Texas A&M (in progress)
    MBA, University of North Dakota
    MS, University of Illinois Springfield
    BSBA, Thomas Edison State College

  15. #14
    SteveFoerster is offline Resident Gadfly
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Northern Virginia & Dominica, West Indies
    Posts
    10,847
    Back in the day I had good luck with employment agencies, the ones who find people temp-to-perm gigs and things like that. It gives someone who is good at it a reason to care whether you find a job. Granted, in my case this was a long time ago, but a friend's had a similar recent experience.

    -=Steve=-
    BS, Info Sys concentration, Charter Oak State College
    MA in Educational Tech, George Washington University
    PhD in Leadership, U. of the Cumberlands (in progress)
    More at http://stevefoerster.com

  16. Advertisement

  17. #15
    MISin08 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Portland OR
    Posts
    334
    From the large-company hiring manager perspective (and admittedly a sample of one!) I'd agree the economy makes Monster of limited value. I can post jobs on Monster, but then I have justify it, write a second version of the ad vs. the internal posting, and keep extra records. And prove that we don't have a displaced employee somewhere who could do the job. Meanwhile I don't need to go outside. Recently I got 57 applicants on an internal (8 -- plenty -- worth interviewing) and turned away people with 10+ years experience. It's icky out there and a cattle call, even an automated one, is no way to get noticed.

    Phillip

  18. #16
    SurfDoctor is offline Moderator
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    California
    Posts
    6,445
    So it appears that the consensus seems to support the idea that Monster is a black hole for your job application to fall into and not much more.

Similar Threads

  1. Education Articles From Monster.com
    By Bruce in forum Off-Topic Discussions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-21-2008, 12:20 PM
  2. A quick search on Monster.com
    By Bruboy in forum General Distance Learning Discussions
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 05-21-2007, 02:55 PM
  3. Replies: 66
    Last Post: 10-06-2005, 11:49 AM
  4. Monster.com: do you/your employer subscribe? Let's make a deal.
    By John Bear in forum Off-Topic Discussions
    Replies: 35
    Last Post: 12-12-2002, 07:00 AM
  5. Fake degrees on Monster
    By JohnSD in forum General Distance Learning Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-17-2002, 11:08 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts




1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15