I was reading through some of my backlog of social media columns and articles yesterday and I ran across a piece regarding an application called DocStoc. This article (and I am regretful that I did not recall who the author was) approached DocStoc from the perspective of having the application be useful to those searching for jobs as it allows you to upload your resume in a Word Document file format to the DocStoc.com servers, where the document would then be searchable by Google and the various other search engines.
The point was that many recruiters and prospective employers obviously perform a Google Search on an individuals name as one of the very first steps when they want to do some background due diligence. Thus, having your resume show up above the fold on page one of the Google search results would be a highly advantageous result for those wanting to have their resume get noticed.
And it works. Very well.
I loaded a few documents including my resume late yesterday afternoon and today I saw that both documents were reflected in my Google search results, though on pages four and five, not yet on page one. But I have hope and will monitor the progress.
The upload function allows you to provide a name, description and tags for every file you upload. As well as assigning a category and subcategory for organization by subject purposes as well.
The nice thing about DocStoc.com is that it has a lot of other great features as well. And it is free.
I can think of a number of ways that DocStoc can be useful. If you are trying to create back-links to your site or have EBooks that can help generate leads or sales, DocStoc is a great tool.
So I will try to provide more perspective on DocStoc as I use it over the near future. I would love to hear back from folks who have had goor or bad experiences with DocStoc, or have run across other similar services.