your blog, your resume

March 20, 2008

Seth Godin writs on his blog asking “why bother having a resume?” and makes few points about how a remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular person shouldn’t probably have a resume at all. He suggests instead an extraordinary letters of recommendation from people the employer knows or respects. Other suggestions were a sophisticated project the employer can see or touch and/or a blog that is so compelling and insightful that they have no choice but to follow up.

This is not a bad idea but my question is how many employers are willing to hire someone with out having a look of a resume just based on someone’s blog or a single project? This also challenges the education dynamic. A person who barely made it high school might be the one writing the blogs that impressed the employer so would this be fair to others who spent most of their life in school trying to make their resume look good? where does this leave volunteer work and school participations? Also could one project be strong enough to show a person’s character, experience, education status and other factors a resume provides? I highly doubt it.

Also another thing a want to address from Seth’s blog is he says “here’s why: A resume is an excuse to reject you. Once you send me your resume, I can say, “oh, they’re missing this or they’re missing that, “and boom, you’re out.” Well, if you don’t submit your resume my first thought is going to be, “Oh they’re missing a resume” boom, they’re out!

Seth concludes with:

Great jobs, world class jobs, jobs people kill for… those jobs don’t get filled by people emailing in resumes. Ever.

How many of us (college students) are looking for a world-class job, a job people kill for? I don’t know about you but certainly not me. Think about it, what would be my chances of getting a job if I went on an interview and started my sentence with “I don’t have a resume but I’m an A+ student”, chances are zero!!

In another note, people like George Bush, Larry Ellison, Eric Schmidt probably don’t have resume and I couldn’t think of a situation that they would be needing one, but they sure do have a reputation that precedes them just the way Seth puts it.
So my thoughts are it all depends on the person, what they are looking for and what they have done in the past.



2 Responses to “your blog, your resume”

  1. As a fellow college student, I can vouch for the uncertainty of this process. Unfortunately, we are stuck in a society of particular process. Obtaining recommendations would make the whole self marketing project much easier and lifelike. Keep at the posts

  2. jencampbell Says:

    I think resumes are important, its pretty much a list of all your accomplishments. Its funny though what Seth says about forgetting about the resume and just have a letter of recommendation from people the employer knows and respects. Well isn’t that the same as your references that are usually required in the resume to begin with.

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