I saw an interesting question today: can a blog replace a resume?
My answer was ‘Yes’.
If not a blog then a properly done web presence not only can, but should replace a resume (especially if you’re environmentally conscious).
There are plenty of social media sites where anyone can set up a profile and create a professional online presence, but LinkedIn (focused primarily on professionals) and Facebook (ubiquitous) are probably the best places to connect for job hunting.
And consider this: whether you’re a programmer, or a tax accountant, or a network engineer, if you write and maintain a blog focused on your skill or niche, there’s no better way of showcasing your value to potential employers.
It will give them a far greater insight to you and your skills than a simple resume will.
As the recession deepens (a meaningful recovery before next year now seems highly unlikely), and job layoffs increase, I would urge anyone to get themselves a professional web presence.
Consider this: HR departments responsible for hiring are going to be inundated with job hunting requests. They’re busy people! Being able to give them a link to view your skills and experience online makes their job a lot easier than having to download and read a resume.
It will greatly assist your job hunting activities, should you find yourself in that position.
Something else to think about: consider setting up your own small business – become a solopreneur! It doesn’t stop you from job-hunting, but it gives you something to focus on and may very well lead to much greater things.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do!
Owner – WealthyDragon