ResumeBlogs work


Got an e-mail last night from someone (I won’t disclose names) who reads this blog and took my recommendation to start a resumeblog. I think he posted his blog about a week ago and already has a phone interview with a company. Over at the Software Product Marketing eGroup, folks with ResumeBlogs have noticed an increase in phone calls from recruiters lately.


I’m just saying that the good recruiters know where to go to find talent (and since blogging is such a hot topic right now, recruiters are searching blogs specifically for resumes). If you are looking, you might want to give it a shot. And if you do, I’d be really interested in hearing how it goes.


Now, I’d also prefer that all potential candidates for Product Marketing submit their resumes to us as well. But once you have done that, go ahead and start a resume blog!

Comments (13)

  1. Well, I might just… I keep hearing about the ResumeBlogs on the SPM newsgroup, but didn’t really see the value. If it works though, I’m game.

    Oh, and I DO submit my resume to you guys 😉

  2. Chris Boaz says:

    It really does work, I joined the SPM group and created my resume blog. I’m not sure how they found it, but just the fact you can do a google search and find my resume works for me :)

    If you read Heather’s Blog, and don’t have one of your own, start one. It couldn’t be any easier and its a good way to get better exposure.

    Chris

  3. Frank Ruscica says:

    Wouldn’t ResumeBlogs work better if individuals’ static information was stored in a standard metadata format like FOAF and/or HR-XML, and the blog itself served as a kind of living resume? Given that the blog entries could also be marked up with metadata to optimize searchability, wouldn’t this combined information set be more useful to a recruiter than a static resume alone?

    Thanks kindly for any feedback.

  4. Heather says:

    Frank,

    So not being very technical, it’s hard for me to comment on some of what you are asking (FOAF, HR_XML). I know that I wouldn’t want to have to scroll and click through someone’s blog to get to the resume info if I could just get there directly. Many of the resume blogs have links to regular blogs so they are there to review if the recruiter wants to. But for the most part, the level of detail that a recruiter is seeking is not really compatible with the "daily entry" format of general blogging. Plus many people that I would consider hiring are not regular bloggers at all (since it’s mostly getting traction in the tech community). Also, another benefit of the resume blogs is that they are all linked and you can do a keyword search off the main page. So it almost acts as it’s own little resume database, except a lot less random in terms of what kind of resume is in there. Then the other thing to consider is how recruiters search. I always seek out the path of least resistance first. So for example, I might use a string like this: "product manager" tech* url:resume. That’s going to pull up a resume blog but not a regular blog. Recruiters will search through blogs, but if you can find the resumes directly by doing one search, it’s a lot easier. I think the fact that the resume blogs are getting so much traffic right now is reason enough for people to consider them.

    I hope that answers the question. And of course, this is just my .02. Others may have different opinions. And if so, they should express them here.

  5. Lori Wolak says:

    I have had respone to my blog, but the geography was not appropriate, unfortunately. I declined to put my entire resume online, as I believe that the resume should be a second step, and the initial intro should be a brief overview – an elevator speech so to speak. Then if someone inquires you have a fulfillment/follow-up to send and give them more information. Marketing 101. My .02.

  6. Sure they do work ! I just interviewed with a hiring manager at Microsoft, to whom I was put thru by a Microsoft recruiter who found my resumeblog. And this was for a really exciting position. Ever since that response, I’ve built up my resumeblog more extensively to cover case studies of consulting assignments I worked on.

  7. Heather,

    Is anyone from Microsoft looking for people in the NY/NJ/CT areas? If so, and you are need of a great product manager, take a look at my background!

    Thank you,

    Marshall Saidel

    http://www.msaidel.blogspot.com

  8. I created my resume blog on March 21st and unfortunately I can’t find it when I Google myself. Robin Stevens appears to be a very common name. I need to figure out how to differentiate myself. I usually use my maiden name in conjunction with my married name on resumes and job applications, but for the weblog, I only used Robin Stevens to keep it simple. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

  9. Heather says:

    Hi Robin,

    Good question. From my understanding, google’s ranking is relative to the number of other pages linked to yours and it often takes a few weeks for the search engine to pick up your site at all. You can go on to the gogole page and submit your site (should be a link on the main page) to make this happen more quickly (other search engines have similr links and there are a few free submission sites that will hit a bunch at once).

    WhenI started blogging, I kept checking back hoping that google would have picked me up by then and finally there I was. So sometimes, it’s just a matter of time.

  10. Jason Salas says:

    That’s good advice and worth a shot…I’ve had my own resume up on my blog on WEBLOGS.ASP.NET, linked prominently, and it hasn’t done much.

  11. Heather says:

    Yeah, the fact that the blogs are linked is a huge benefit because recruiters that find any one of them are likely to look through a number of them. So it’s like taking advantage of the seachability of all those other resume blogs.

  12. Just to make it clear, ResumeBlogs are a special kind of blog. They are created using the ResumeBlog(TM) instructions. Part of the instructions involves loaded up the special ResumeBlog template which includes various services. One service is a BlogRoll which has names/links of all of the other ResumeBloggers. Another service is a Google search box which allows people to search all (and only) the ResumeBlogs with keywords.

    To re-cap, ResumeBlogs(TM) are the special type of blog created by following the nttp://www.resumeblog.com instructions. To see a typical example, take a look at my ResumeBlog at http://www.cynthia-typaldos.blogspot.com. Note the right-hand column from our template pulls in the ProfGuild logo, the keyword Google-based searchbox, and a list of links to all of the other ResumeBlogs.

    Simply creating a blog with your resume on it has little value because it cannot be easily found. It’s like an island in a vast sea of the internet ocean. But ResumeBlogs all tied together create a continent — once one is found, the rest are all linked together!

    You might be thinking — "But wait, do we want more people to have ResumeBlogs and therefore create more competition for ourselves!!??" Absolutely because the more ResumeBlogs we have the more likely one of us is going to be found and as we have seen numerous times, once hiring managers/recruiters find one ResumeBlog they tend to use the search box or the list of links in the Blogroll to find additional candidates.

    Note that right now most of the ResumeBlogs are for knowledge professionals in the software industry, and in particular marketing and business development professionals. We are working on creating linked ResumeBlogs for other groups both inside and outside of the software/internet industry.

    Cynthia Typaldos

    Founder and President

    ProfGuilds/SPM eGroup

    ResumeBlog Service