The blog is the new resume

April 19, 2007 at 9:51 am 8 comments

I’ve just come across this interesting observation from Adam Darowski (and picked up by Joshua Porter here.) Darowski opines that you’re no-one in the tech world if you haven’t got a blog. And that reading a person’s blog is a far better way of getting to know their skills and attitude than reading a buzzword-stuffed resume. Equally, what better way to find out what makes a potential new client tick than reading his or her blog?

Of course, this can be a double-edged sword. While an insightful blog can give you a leg-up when looking for a job, your online antics can also get you into trouble. You are what you put on the web…

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  • 1. Sandeep  |  April 19, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Blog may become the future resume . Also the antics may be traced to know the real person

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  • 2. Adam Darowski  |  April 19, 2007 at 11:15 am

    I read some statistics a while back that some ungoldy percentage of MySpace and Facebook users have no idea they can make their profiles accessible to only their friends. Those drunken photos you posted during Spring Break? I’m going to find them when I am looking to hire another designer.

    Heck, even finding someone’s last.fm profile. If the person who sends me a resume has Mogwai as their most listened to artist, it’s going to catch my eye. :)

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  • 3. Judy  |  April 19, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Mogwai, huh?

    I think this is only going to become a bigger issue… Although just today, I saw research from Pew Internet that says teens are taking precautions to manage their identities online: http://www.pewinternet.org/PPF/r/211/report_display.asp

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  • 4. Melinda  |  April 19, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve taken issue with the sentiment “You are what you blog” before — precisely because I assume we all edit ourselves to some extent when we blog.

    I sure don’t want to think about some mythical future employer before I type every post. Talk about taking the joy out of blogging.

    Maybe this is not really a blogging issue. It’s about bloggers being made aware that an activity that feels private is in fact your public face. What did our recently deceased writer say? “Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.”

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  • 6. Shaine Mata  |  April 23, 2007 at 7:49 am

    I guess the next question to ask is, if you’ve already written embarrassing things, what can you do to fix it? Even if you can delete old posts, there is still the possibility of people having quoted you or a copy of your post on the Wayback Machine.

    Maybe you can post so much that it buries your older posts.

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  • 7. Judy  |  April 23, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Hi Shaine – there are companies like Reputation Defenders that aim to help people protect their reputations online, although opinions about their effectiveness vary. Here’s a Wired article about them: http://blog.wired.com/monkeybites/2006/10/need_someone_to.html

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