Why are some employers and recruiters coming to see tools like blogs as more revealing and authentic than resumes? One blog commenter explains: “Think about it — a resume is one or two pages, of flat, static information. A blog is an interactive space where you can really see inside of a prospect’s head — their ability to innovate, think, and communicate. You not only find out what they’ve done for work, but what their passions are, and frankly if they’re the type of person you think would fit into your organization.”
Another commenter noted that the new generation craves personal contact. A blog provides a way to move beyond a resume’s “one to two pages of flat, static information” and create a sense of personal contact. When you reader a blogger’s work, you often have a sense of knowing him or her even though you’ve never met.
Lefkow’s blog entry and indeed the entire discussion of the idea of blogs as replacements for resumes seems to have originated with an entry on Scobleizer, the blog of Robert Scoble, who noted that he hadn’t needed a resume to get his most recent job and implied that he didn’t expect to need one in the future. Scoble also asserted that his Wikipedia entry takes the place of a resume. This brief posting elicited 59 comments. Similarly, Adam Darowski in his blog, Traces of Inspiration, submitted an entry entitled The Blog is the New Resume, and Joshua Porter followed with an identically titled posting on his blog, Bokardo, both of which generated extensive comments that provide glimpses into a future in which blogs — or other tools — might take the place of resumes — or not.
Darowski wrote, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have more than a vague bulleted list of accomplishments before actually picking up the phone to call the person? There is. There’s blogging. Blogging is the perfect way for a candidate to give an employer a more detailed sales pitch — to show they can ‘talk the talk’ (as opposed to just fill a resume with buzzwords).”