Are blogs the new CV?

If your CV is like mine (viewable online), then the chances it is:

a) accurate but terse
b) full of technical details
c) covers years of your life in one sentence
but worst of all
d) doesn’t really give a good indication of whether you have the skills and experience needed to do the job.

In fact, do you suspect that some people you are working with may have ‘stretched the truth’ a little too far on their CV?

Now imagine if your CV was in a Weblog (blog) format … a good example (picked at random via Google). So apart from being trendy, what are the advantages of doing your CV this way?

  • Because the sections in your Blog / CV are ‘tagged’ you can give more details, and let employers view just the areas that they are interested in.
  • Because you update your Blog / CV on a regular basis, with more information, it is harder to fake. A one or two page CV is easy to write as a work of fiction. A blog that represents your life for the last 3 years would take too much effort to fake, so it is more likely to be trusted.
  • Because you write about things you are interested in, people get a better idea of your motivation, and what you are really good at.

What do you think, are blogs the new CV? If you’re looking to use Blogging to land yourself a new job, then Jobster isn’t too bad a place to start.

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5 comments

  1. Michele · February 15, 2006

    Your link to the example is broken 🙂

  2. Paul Browne · February 15, 2006

    Thanks for the spotting this – strangely , the article that I posted at the same time on the O’Reilly blog , has the correct link.

  3. James Corbett · February 16, 2006

    Spot on Paul, you’re absolutely correct. I’ve been saying the same for a while –

    http://eirepreneur.blogs.com/eirepreneur/2006/02/advertising_sta.html

    and some startup employers in particular are interested in the idea of being able to access grouped and categorised blogs. I’ve a few ideas on how we might facilitate that and will be saying more about it soon.

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  5. andre · February 2, 2007

    Yes! I don’t know where you live or what’s your native language. I live in Brazil and my English written blog indicates I can deal with the language. I’m full of mistakes of course. But that’s an additional skill guarantee that a simple course doesn’t have! 🙂

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