ResumeBlogs work…I have proof

Back in March, I told you that ResumeBlogs work. And in other posts, I've encouraged active networking as part of a career search (including networking via blogs). Even in the ProfGuilds' Software Product Marketing Discussion Group, there is conversation about whether ResumeBlogs have led to people accepting new positions (people are looking for testimonials). I can now officially tell you “yes, ResumeBlogs work...I have proof”. I got an e-mail today from a ResumeBlogger that I met in the Silicon Valley last month (I'm keeping his identity confidential until he starts, but then maybe he'll guest blog on his experience!). As you know, in my role, I am responsible for outreach to candidates and marketing communities and work closely with recruiters that recruit for open marketing positions at Microsoft. In preparation for my trip to the valley, Cynthia Typaldos, who runs the SPM ProfGuild (I think I've been calling them the SPM eGroup, which is their old name) sent out mail to the SPM members/ResumeBloggers. A candidate (let's call him RB for ResumeBlogger) contacted me to arrange a meeting time while I was in town. I met with him during my trip and shared his info and feedback with my peer Eric, who contacted RB right away. Two weeks later, RB had an offer in-hand from Microsoft for a Platform Evangelist position (incidentally, interviews did take place during that time). RB contacted me today to let me know. Sounds like he is pretty excited to start the next phase of his career here at Microsoft...and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the process moved along...which doesn't always happen, I know (kudos go to Eric for that for sure)!

Jeremy Wright blogged on “Maybe Resume Blogs do work?” . He said he won't admit that I was right until he gets an interview ; ) Maybe the experience of RB will convince him.

Congrats to RB...and welcome to Microsoft!

PS: Here's where you can go to create your own ResumeBlog.

Comments (4)

  1. So Heather…I’ve checked this site on your recommendation (resumeblog) and I’m wondering…why is it all garbled and weird? I wouldn’t feel comfortable putting my resume up on a site that can’t manage itself.

    Is it better to use a big site like this? Or do your own?

  2. Heather says:

    I believe it looks like this because it is actually a blog. So entries follow a chronoligical pattern. If you have user feedback, send it to them, or send it to me and I’ll get it to them (this organization is really open to feedback of this sort). Ideally, people would access your resumeblog directly via google because of the keywords you have chosen to include, rather than going through this site and then selecting yours, so most people won’t look at this page. If you click on one of the names, you will see that the the persons resume blog comes up with the list of resume bloggers still visible on the right. The value of doing it here versus doing your own is that you are linked to the other resume blogs. So your chance of being found increases because of the link you have with the other bloggers.

    Another thought is to have both a resume link on your own blog AND a resume blog. I would definitely take advantage of the visibility of this site though.

  3. I’d say about 30% of my resumeblog traffic comes from searches. A full half comes from my main blog (as Heather stated), and about 20% comes from the SPM "group" (other resumeblogs).

  4. I am part of the ResumeBlog team at SPM/ProfGuilds.

    As some of you may know, Google/Blogger recently did a makeover on their site. Unfortunately, they are not 100% completely backward compatible. In particular, they don’t like embedded external code (e.g., for third-party site statistics).

    We are in the process of working out a better solution. I apologize for the "mess." Most of the time, the page will render correctly if you Refresh it.


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