links for 2006-02-16

Corporate Blogging – Irish Internet Association Event

One rule of thumb : when the Economist Magazine (the one with the red square on the top right hand corner) writes about something, it is a sure sign that it is leaving the 10% of early adoptors and going mainstream. This has been true for Agile Projects , Java and even the rise of the Internet.

This weeks Economist has an article on Corporate Blogging. It gives a good explanation as to what blogging is about , for the 90% of the population that hasn’t heard about it yet. It also gives the case study of when Diebold bought Global Election Systems (GES). GES makes voting machines similar to those involved in the electronic voting debacle in Ireland. The GES machines have similar problems, but unfortunately Diebold only became aware of this after they bought they company. What is interesting is that these problems were well documented beforehand in the blogosphere – a good example of how the blogging community can save you a lot of money!

As part of this ‘Blogs going mainstream’ , the Irish Internet Assoication is hosting a Seminar on blogging. It’s at the Hilton hotel in Dublin on the 8th March. Worth checking out. Michele Neylon , who is giving the talk , is also looking for examples of Irish Business Blogs.

links for 2006-02-15

links for 2006-02-14

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.

links for 2006-02-10