Paying Monster, Careerbuilder, Flipdog, etc. to distribute resume - Worth it?

My apologies if this is in the wrong forum, couldn’t decide if it belonged here or GQ.

I have been looking for a job for a while now and I haven’t had much luck. I’ve responded to thousands of job postings and have called recruiters in major cities and have had only a few call backs.

Has anybody used the premium services on the job boards like Monster, Careerbuilder and FLipdog? You can pay to have them send your resume to “thousands of recruiters and companies”. Is this worth it?


In my opinion - no.

True story - I was looking for a job for almost four months. I had my resume posted on all kinds of job boards and had half a dozen recruiters “looking out for me”.

In the end, I have just accepted a job offer from a job I found on my own.

      • Job hires are tight now, and if I remember right, Monster etc. didn’t start this “charge the applicants” deal until the economy slowed down. So my guess is it isn’t worth it, because it obviously means they have way more applicants than jobs available.

I would seriously doubt it. I think any job of significance (i.e., not manning the counter at McDonalds) will have dozens of applicants, and any halfway-decent HR person will prefer someone who takes the time to a) research the job, and b) write a cover letter tailored to the company, over an email blast.

But I could be wrong.

I haven’t used Monster in awhile, but all I really used them for was to find a job listing, then go directly to that company’s website, and either use their online form or send an actual hard-copy resume in.

My opinion: don’t do it! There have been several documented cases of identity theft via resumes distributed through Monster. I have tried itin the past, and I never got a response.