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Can a Blog Replace a Resume? It Can and Should

Job hunting in a recession…

I saw an interesting question today: can a blog replace a resume?

My answer was ‘Yes’.  If not a blog then a managed web presence not only can, but should replace a resume (especially if you’re environmentally conscious).

There’s a truly spectacular array of sites where anyone can set up a profile and create a professional online presence.

There are sites like LinkedIn and Plaxo (aimed at corporate professionals), Facebook (aimed at just about everyone), Perfect Networker, Apsense and StartUpBiz (aimed at small businesses), and a gazillion others.

Add to that the ease with which complete newcomers can set up professional looking websites through blogger.com or WordPress.com, and there’s really no reason not to create a professional web presence.

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 2010 now seems highly unlikely), and job layoffs increase, I would urge anyone to get themselves a professional web presence.

It will greatly assist your job hunting activities, should you find yourself in that position.

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  • Resume Writing Services 19 December, 2008, 10:33 pm

    The new concept of blog = resume will not and should not hold true for very long.

    Resumes are and will remain an integral part of the conventional hiring process.

    LinkedIn, Facebook, Blogs may aid the HR person in conducting a more focused screening exercise.

    However, resumes can not be replaced.

    • WealthyDragon 20 December, 2008, 8:03 am

      Hi Resume Writing Services,

      Thanks – and I can certainly see why you would have an interest in Resumes being retained! 🙂

      However, I think there’s a new ‘conventional’ emerging. There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t put your resume online via LinkedIn or one of the others and, if someone chooses to do so, to create any other online branding.

      I’ve found it so much more efficient to be able to simply send someone a link when they want to see my resume. And if they need a hard copy they can simply print it out.

      It’s also a heck of a lot easier to keep up to date and ensure that everyone has access to the latest version.

      If someone wants to create a blog or website to further showcase their skills and experience that’s great – and it creates an opportunity to give much more colour and depth to a person’s background and skills than a simple resume.

      Cheers,

      Martin.

  • Online Resume Center 23 December, 2008, 11:42 am

    Love your post!! Finally someone got it right!!! Would you mind if I put a blogroll link back to your post? 🙂

    • WealthyDragon 23 December, 2008, 12:05 pm

      Hi Online Resume Center,

      I’d be delighted – thanks!

      I checked out your bog and it does provide some very good advice to job hunters and people developing resumes.

      WRT to your post about taking free career advice: I would never consider myself qualified to hand out career advice – this post was generated by my belief in the necessity of creating a personal brand and a desire to save a few trees!

      The Internet provides an increasingly accessible medium to achieve both.

      Thanks for the link!

      Cheers,

      Martin.

  • Serge 14 December, 2009, 3:52 am

    I would agree that having a quick glimpse on a person’s blog will probably give you a better understanding of who that person is, but I’m not sure it’s a good idea to go with your blog instead of a normal CV, though it might hold true in some cases.

    I would use the model where you have a professional CV in PDF whcih contains a hyperlink to your linkdin account, where your blog link is located. That way you would still look professional and will offer as much useful information about yourself in a few steps.

    • Martin 14 December, 2009, 7:00 am

      Hi Serge,

      Sure – that model would work well and I accept that in some industries (for example the arts) traditional resumes will still be popular simply because the industry itself is less attuned to working online.

      But if you’re running a successful blog there are few more powerful ways of illustrating your skills.

      After all, resumes can be written to give pretty much any impression you want.

      Cheers,

      Martin.