Is your employer OK with you keeping an up to date profile on Monster.com?
Since leaving college, I have always been pretty good at keeping my resume up to date. This actually surprises me because I am typically prone to procrastinate on these administrative types of tasks. But early on in my career I got in the habit of updating my resume every time I felt I reached some sort of milestone (stuff like getting a promotion, learning new technologies, annual review, etc …).
I keep 2 copies of my resume. A ‘master’ copy that I just keep adding things to (currently 8 pages), and a shorter version (2 pages) that I am continually adding and removing things from. The short version is what I end up putting on Monster.com, Linkedin.com, and submit when applying for a job.
So why am I writing about any of this? Well, keeping my Monster and Linkedin profiles up to date was a serious point of conflict with a supervisor I had at a previous employer. It turns out a relative of the companies founder worked as a head-hunter at tech placement agency here in Jacksonville FL. So every time I would update my profile this head-hunter would let my boss know that my resume was ‘active’. Then my boss would come down on me and ask why I had my resume on Monster.
I don’t see any problems with keeping my professional profile up to date. Even though I may not be actively looking for a new job, keeping my resume up to date keeps me plugged into the job market here in Jacksonville (it lets me know what my skills are worth – giving me some leverage when negotiating compensation). And with the current state of the economy, and the current unemployment trend I would think you would have to be crazy not to have you resume ready in case you have to make a move. But my boss and I never saw eye to eye on this issue and it ended up being one of the reason that I moved on to other opportunities*.
So … let me ask you -
My opinion on these questions is probably pretty clear, but I am curios what everyone else thinks …
- Is your employer OK with you keeping an up to date profile on Monster.com?
- Are you a supervisor? If so, would you ask an employee to remove their resume from Monster.com?
- Does anyone see any ethical problems with an employer requesting that you remove your resume from Monster.com?
* There is true irony here. My boss (the guy who had the problem with me keeping my profiles up to date), accidentally emailed his resume to EVERYONE in the company. I am not sure exactly how he managed to do this, but it was pretty damn funny.
That’s it. Enjoy!