Round II: Your Resume is Dead. Long Live Your Blog!

by Ryon Harms on May 31, 2009

My last post proclaiming, “Your Resume is Dead. Long Live Your Blog!” prompted almost 100 comments (all of them on LinkedIn, since I committed a sin and didn’t enable comments on the post). My thinking behind that argument was that the analogue resume we now depend on will eventually go extinct, whereas blogs are the perfect search tool for an increasingly digital world.

About 60% totally disagreed with my assumptions and made some excellent points that prompted me to follow up with this post. Here’s what I thought were the top five rebuttals followed by my counter points:

1. For the foreseeable future you’ll still need a resume to get a job.

True. Despite the first half of my hyperbolic headline “The Resume is Dead,” those that actually read the post know I advocated a blog as a “supplement” to an existing resume. With that said, I don’t think most people realize that a blog (built on a service like WordPress) is actually a fully functioning website, allowing you to post entire resumes, videos, a full bio, AND write articles to establish your expertise.

2. LinkedIn, not blogs, will replace the resume.

Partly true. WordPress blog integration was among the first applications that LinkedIn released to the public. I suspect the ability to blog directly from your LinkedIn account is not far behind. Whether it’s your resume posted on your blog or a blog posted on your LinkedIn account, the thing to realize is that a blog will be an essential tool for the proactive applicant.

3. Blogs aren’t relevant for blue-collar job searches.

I’m not so sure. Even though my blog is specifically for executives, I don’t see why blue collar workers with aspirations to trade collars wouldn’t want to start acting like the executives they want to become. Plus, if most of your peers aren’t doing something, it creates an ideal opportunity to make yourself stand out.

4. It’s too much work to maintain a blog.

Maybe. But I once heard that it’s only work if you’d rather be doing something else. I personally enjoy writing this blog. Since I won’t be making a living off of it any time soon, I get to write when I’m inspired to do so. My advice, take your time when writing posts and focus on what makes you passionate. All you need is one or two thoughtful blog posts a month to maintain a productive blog.

5. Employers barely have enough time to read resumes, let alone blogs.

For sure. When somebody made this point another commenter on the same thread, a recruiter I believe, pointed out he’d never have enough time to read through hundreds of blogs. Then he added that blogs are actually useful tools for the second and third round of interviews where employers get to drill down further. If you don’t expect to make it past round one then why are you even bothering to apply?

All good points to be sure. Another terrific result of all those comments came when the other 40% offered counter-rebuttals in defense of blogs, offering up excellent ideas that give me more than enough useful material for my next post.

Still don’t think the resume’s extinction is imminent? Leave your comments below.

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John Deister May 31, 2009 at 2:49 pm

I agree with your assessment of LinkedIn. LinkedIn has created the network but lacks the advanced tools to link the network to media. Widgets won't protect LinkedIn from becoming irrelevant. Without a significant evolution in LinkedIn communication tools, it is bound to follow the path of other networks without advanced media (Network TV, AOL, etc.).

As the popularity of LinkedIn grows, its usefulness to recruiters diminishes. Recruiters need ways to differentiate candidates, and blogs, websites, Twitter have become the tools to narrow the field. Blogs are extremely flexible, highly regarded by search engines and personalized. LinkedIn needs a wider media offering to stay relevant.

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TheSocialExec May 31, 2009 at 3:51 pm

You make some excellent points, John. I have a feeling that even if LinkedIn expands it's media offerings they'll never be able to catch up with an open source blog service like Wordpress. The number of plugins built by the Wordpress community is matchless. I think the only barrier to entry for executives is the perception that it takes a "geek" to start a blog, which is simply not true.

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Jeffrey Fry May 31, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Call it a resume, CV (curriculum vitae), Linkedin summary, etc. the objective is to get noticed AND get to the next step which is an interview of some form. The more tools that are available to get you to that point the better. I believe in the power of AND, and what I believe is that multiple "avenues" or forms of generating awareness of one's skills, background, abilities, network, influence, etc. will be born and used. Good points all, but do not forget what is the ultimate goal here: employment in some form, and to get that an interview HAS to ensue.

Humbly,
Jeffrey Fry
The Profit Prophet
http://macromental.blogspot.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreyfry

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rfwilkins June 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

For white collar jobs, the Blog, Resume, and linkedIn are becoming parts of the background check. The foot in the door is more and more, about a relationship that was built, before the Job was even posted. Which could have stared, through a contact made with, LinkedIn, your blog or even Twitter.

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Larry August 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Nice write up…usually I never reply to these thing but this time I will,Thanks for the great info.

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PatShelby October 7, 2009 at 10:30 am

There’s good info here. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog. Keep up the good work mate! 🙂

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PatShelby October 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm

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