How Many Resumes Are There on the Internet?

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TRU Source ATL

Here is a cool blog post contest. Post a blog (anywhere) with an estimate of the number of resumes on the Internet and win a ticket to #TRUsource in Atlanta.

Please email Geoff Webb at [email protected] with a reference to your post; please also share on the Boolean Strings network.

Also, to help get this off the ground, I am offering my Google-Based sourcing DVD to a randomly selected person out of the first five people who post.

Please feel free to post your answers here as comments on the Boolean Strings Network.

I looked around this morning and here are some interesting numbers I was able to pick:

* With more than 35 million resumes dispersed over 40000 Web-based locations, recruiters and hiring managers are spending more than 65% of their time

* Some experts say that there are now over 16 million resumes floating around the Internet., the largest online job board, has more than 20 …

* With Over 52 Million Resumes Floating Over The Internet Everyday,. How Will You Find Just One?…

* There are an estimated 100+ million resumes posted on the Internet. TalentHook allows you…

* There are over three million resumes on the larger internet sites. Thus, it is important to breakthrough the “clutter”…

* The Toolkit also includes our Search the Web feature, which provides access to over 7 million resumes posted on the internet.

* With an estimated 100 million resumes posted on the internet, rest assure that your next great hire can be found online. So stop paying huge recruiting 

* There are nearly 15 million resumes on the Internet today. Most are located on fee-based job boards, many of which cost thousands of dollars to purchase. …

* Is my resume really getting seen in a pile of 40 million other resumes on the internet? I have excellent skills and qualifications, but will anyone find me 

Have fun with the contest!


Comments 11

  1. I am guessing that since Jim Stroud said there are around 3.2 million as of 11/7/2009 that the number has probably risen since then to around 3.4 million indexed between the 3 major search engines. Now of course that doesn’t count passive candidates or any other sources besides the main searhc engines. Due to the overlap involved my guess is still 3.4 million resumes. Of course the research is not mine, it is Jim’s. Credit given where it is deserved.


    1. John,

      Thanks! Jim Stroud is one of the contest judges.
      Anyone who suggest a current number would need to provide some research and a proof.
      If I were to participate I would use the timeline search on Google as one of the tools.

  2. Every guess I have ever seen has no science behind it. A better contest would be: Structure a process to determine how many resumes are on the Internet. We don’t need more people spreading misinformation. Don’t judge on the number (which cannot be verified) structure based on the soundness of the process.

  3. Another thought… you must define “the Internet” which is broke into public and private systems. So what is the definition of the Internet for this contest? Job Boards and closed systems (membership) or open surface web (index-able by google) or deep web? I think it is a worthy task, but to get great results, I think you need to define what you are looking for. my 2 cents.

    1. You’re right. We are looking for estimates on the surface, Google-able web. If someone estimates the size of job boards/closed memberships that’s interesting too but not as interesting.

  4. Always good to see bloggers having what I call a group writing contest but I agree with Donato in the sense that if you have a contest and want people to participate, they need to think they can actually win. For that to be true, it needs to be clear how to win. Here, it’s not clear how the winner will be chosen.

    Do the judges already have a number and the winner is the one who comes closest?

    Is the winner the one whose estimation method is most appreciated by the judges?

    Are you simply going to choose a random participant after seeing that their proof qualifies them for judging?

    It would also be good for you to define what exactly you consider a resume for the purposes of the contest. For example, it doesn’t sound like you consider a LinkedIn profile to be one.

    Finally, what’s the deadline for submission? Once I have that, I’ll post an announcement for you on Group Writing Projects.

    1. Hi Jacob,

      The deadline is next Friday, June 18th 2010. The winner will be chosen by Geoff Webb, Glen Cathey, Chris Havrilla, Jim Stroud, and myself. I assure you that this will not be a random selection. What we are looking for in the contest is suggesting some sort of a proof or a method or a thought process to help count resumes along with a number.
      Authors must email Geoff and are encouraged to post their answers or links to their blog posts on the Boolean Strings Network.
      The best posts will be featured on the Trusource site.

  5. Hi Irina,

    I would like to suggest that there are approximately 3,311,111+ resumes and CV’s on the Internet. I have also submitted my answer to Geoff along with my initial thoughts and insight into the calculation of the total resume count.


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