“While Adam’s cover letter and resume provided a telling introduction, his blog was the real page turner. I learned he thinks beyond the immediate problem, he self motivates, he aggressively educates himself, he aggressively educates those around him and he’s a Red Sox fan. I would have discovered some of this eventually from the interview, the references and various other communications. But in the blog, it all became part of the first impression, helping him stand out from the crowd early on.”
Ram Prasad, creator of the MegaLinux blog reported: “I have been fortunate enough to have gotten a job because of my blog.”
Not all of those who commented on the Scoble, Lefkow, Darowski, and Porter blog entries agreed that blogs are the best alternatives to resumes – or even that resumes should be replaced:
- Other audio and video media may be more effective than blogs in conveying the job-seeker’s essence. Instead of a blog, one commenter suggested enabling “job seekers to post a short (less than 5-minute) podcast instead of a resume– It would give hiring managers a MUCH better sense of who they are as a person than a resume can do.” This poster coined the novel term “jobcasts.” Still another suggested other forms: Vlogs, PodCV, videoCV, a brief outline of your skillset via a video attached to an email. Others eschewed the podcast idea because it still skirts personal interaction. Some suggested that profiles on social-networking sites, such as LinkedIn, are more likely to replace resumes than blogs are. See also our article Are Video Resumes for You?
- The extent to which recruiters are finding candidates through blogs may be exaggerated. While some commenters expressed that recruiters who don’t check for a candidate’s online presence are not doing their jobs, others, including recruiters themselves commented that recruiters are extremely busy and may not have a lot of time for blog-reading and Internet searches that go beyond sourcing resumes. Executive recruiter Harry Joiner said in his Marketing Recruiter blog that “it is far more likely that you’ll get a new job with a company that has no idea what a blog is.”