I read Paul Graham’s article on Jobs and one point really stayed with me, “jobs in the future people will be acquired by companies for their talent not hired into positions”. This was a really strong statement and got me thinking how resumes are so overrated and what students/young professionals need to do stand out. Clearly, I know resumes will never go away but I think for individuals to be differentiated from the rest of the pack they should try something new.
While sitting in my cubicle I was searching for jobs a few months back when I saw JotSpot.com and thought it was a unique idea with great management. I shot off an email to the founder, Joe Kraus, who created excite.com and sold it for tons of money. Basically I said I no longer wish to be a COG, cost of good sold or just another piece in the corporate puzzle and I want to kick ass in your company. Joe did not respond with oh please send me a resume or tell me about a time when he asked me for my blog. That was such an interesting thought to me.
You can learn SO much about a persons feelings, thoughts, actions, work ethic to name just a few things by reading a persons blog. I think more so than anything Resumes include so much bogus or ultra-fluffed information that it is hard to determine the quality of a candidate or get a good feeling of how this person will fit in your company. But spending 10-15 minutes reading entries about what they do or how they organize their thoughts/daily activities you can really learn a lot.
Does this mean Noah that I need to jump on the web 2.0 bandwagon and sign up for my blogger.com account today?
1- No, I think it first depends on the field you are going in and that you are blogging for the right reasons.
2- Second, I think if blogging is not your thing or you want to test the waters start writing and include that on your blog on your resume. I think regardless just writing stuff relevant to your field will give you better insight on what’s going on.
3-Third, if your industry is related to technology/business you should be writing a blog about your particular focus and help build your own brand name. Your brand name is the articles, ideas and positions you take on topics within your site that define you as a person.
The reason I see this working is from hearing results from people who maintain sites on specific topics. They get emails monthly for consulting contracts, job offers (Russell at Yahoo) and pitches about products.
How are you going to stand out?
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