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Review of Resume Distributors...
and resume distribution services

Considering a resume distributor? A company that can forward your resume in a heartbeat to hundreds of search firms--and perhaps even employers--targeted to your specific industry?

As a job seeker in this tough economy, you're fully aware that your resume needs to be seen before it can generate interviews. Former recruiter David Alan Carter provides in-depth reviews of the top resume distribution services on the Web. From posting your resume at top job banks to emailing your qualifications to recruiters and employers, resume distributors save time, money and hassle.

First, since posting is a little different than distribution, here's our recommendation for a pure resume posting service...

Company... Go To... Rating... Price... Mini-review...

Website

$59.95
post to 85 job sites
Oldest and largest online resume posting service. Provides massive exposure to more than 1.5 million employers. Over 125,000 happy customers... (In-Depth_REVIEW)

And now, on to resume distribution...

Company... Go To... Rating... Price... Mini-review...
Visit... Resume Arrow Website

$49.00
resume emailed to 1000's
of recruiters
Your resume is sent straight to the email inboxes of U.S. search firms (recruiters). Target by industry or geography or both. Free resume webpage. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) rates them an "A+." (REVIEW coming)
Visit... JobsByFax.com Website

$29.95
resume and cover faxed to 200 employers
Your resume and cover letter are faxed directly to company decision makers--from 200 to several thousand. Database of over 3 million employers; identify firms by type, size or geography. The BBB gives them an "A." (REVIEW coming)
Website
$49.95 or $59.95
post to job sites, or email recruiters & employers
Post a resume on up to 100 top job sites, or... email blast your resume to 1000's of employers and recruiters. And a rare money back guarantee. The Better Business Bureau gives them a "B". (In-Depth_REVIEW)
Visit... ResumeSpider.com Website
$39.95 - 1st month
resume emailed to both recruiters & employers
 
Your resume is sent to both recruiters and employers, and distributed again each month until you cancel subscription. High number of complaints on the web from past customers. The BBB rates them an "F." (REVIEW coming)
Website

Avoid

NA

In business since 1996, the company now appears to be out of business. Either that, or their two phone lines have gone dead--by accident. Avoid. (In-Depth_REVIEW)


Resume Distribution Service Reviews - About Our Top Picks And Rankings

The lure of the company offering resume distribution services is the old adage: time is money. Nobody with access to a computer really needs a resume distribution service. That's because anybody with a computer can perform the same task as the resume distributor - it's not rocket science. The problem becomes... at what pace and at what cost.

For example, the resume distributor ResumeRabbit.com offers to post your resume on up to 85 job sites for just under $60 bucks. Now, you could do that yourself. But by our calculation, we're talking an estimated 60+ hours to get your resume 'out there' in these kind of numbers (setting up accounts, learning each site's system, uploading data). If you were paying yourself for this job, you'd be laboring over the computer for $1.00 per hour.

ResumeArrow.com will send your resume out to more than 1000 recruiters for less than $50 bucks. Punch that out on the calculator--assuming you could even find the email addresses of that many recruiters--and you're working for pennies. Is that what your time is worth? If so, then resume distributors are a waste of money. If your time is more valuable than that, resume distributors are certainly worth a look.

We looked. And here's what we considered...

Resume Distributors - Quality Of Service

You were persnickety (and rightfully so) about the writing of your resume--professional looking layout, polished presentation, phrasing that would make an adman proud. You know that packaging counts. By the same token, you don't want a resume distributor who manhandles (figuratively) your paperwork and leaves it dog-eared and mustard stained. So we looked for distribution services that were attentive and precise and focused on customer needs. Telltale signs included:

  • Longevity. We valued those resume distributors that have been in business for years.
  • Accessible. We liked to see a customer service phone number posted prominently (and answered by an actual human being).
  • Testimonies. We liked to see testimonials from customers identified by first and last names.
  • Transparency. Extra points went to those services most open about their business methodology and distribution lists.

Resume Distributors - Reasonable Pricing

Resume distributors are quite aware of their competition, and prices for the most part were very reasonable. Especially for the biggest and most competitive players reviewed above.

Resume Distributors - A Guarantee

We like a good guarantee. Who doesn't? It also lends credibility to the service offered, and the company standing behind the service.

And Finally, A Resume Distribution Service That's Easy To Work With

Everything's a hassle. Ever notice that? And just when you really, really need things to go right--like when you're out of work or can't take another day under the oppressive thumb of Vlad the Impaler, the bakery supervisor at Wisecracker Saltines--well, forget it. Hence, we put a good deal of stock in the resume distribution service whose website navigated smoothly. Where information was readily available. Where pricing was up front and clear. In short, we valued resume distributors who were easy to work with.

Look over our reviews. Consider our ratings and how we got to those ratings. And finally, choose a resume distribution service that feels comfortable, and get on with the task at hand--getting your resume out there for the world to see. Or at least for the right employers to see.

© David Alan Carter
All Rights Reserved

David Alan Carter is a former technical recruiter (i.e. headhunter) and founder of Resume One of Cincinnati. For more than ten years, he personally crafted thousands of resumes for satisfied clients from all occupational walks of life, from entry-level to senior executive.

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