- Blogs aren’t effective if you don’t maintain them. A huge number of blogs are started but quickly abandoned. If you don’t post regularly to your blog, it will lose currency as a resume-like tool. As Darowski points out, though, if you’re a successful blogger, you’ll stand out as more persistent and determined than those who abandoned theirs. “The cream rises to the top,” he wrote.
- Blogs don’t provide the right information. One commenter quoted Quintessential Careers contributor Maureen Crawford Hentz, manager of talent acquisition at Osram Sylvania, in a New York Times article: “I’d rather not see that part of [job-seekers]. I don’t think it’s related to their bona fide occupational qualifications.” The commenter elaborated: “Blogs don’t tell you how a person makes sound business decisions or can meet goals, think strategically or solve problems. I think it’s risky and dumb to assess someone’s qualifications based solely on their blog or Internet presence.”
- Blogs may work best in certain fields, such as high tech and marketing. In some fields, blogs are the stock-in-trade; in others, professionals have barely heard of blogs. If you’re considering using a blog as a resume or supplement to a resume, conduct a search, such as on Google Blog Search, to see how blog-friendly your field is.
- Blogs may violate company policy. One of the best resume-like uses of a blog is to describe the projects you’ve worked on (“How often do you look at a resume and wonder what exactly the person’s role on a project was?” Darowski wrote. “Well, if the person blogged about it then you would have a better idea — and you would know if the role would fit in with your team.”). But many companies don’t permit blogging about such details, in part because they don’t want the competition to know what they’re up to.
- A resume provides structure for employer interactions with candidates in a way that a blog can’t. “Dude, a resume is part of a conversation. Why would you be reticent about giving yours to someone?” queried one respondent, to which another commenter retorted: “If someone expects a resume as a foundation for a conversation you are not interested in having, then why submit the resume?” Another poster suggested that the resume helps structure the narrative of the interview.