Resume Blogging when you already have a job…

People have been asking about Resume Blogs and the hazards of putting one up when you already have a job you’d like to keep…unless your dream job comes along. Actually, this applies to resumes stored on any blog. I’m not sure I have a simple answer and wanted to throw it out to all of you for opinions and ideas. Some people say that if their employer has a problem with them having a resume blog, it’s just their employers problem.

I was also asked if I would do anything as a recruiter, if I saw the resume of someone from Microsoft. My answer is “no”, unless I could coach the person (try to get them to stay, look at other jobs internally, resolve a situation that is making them think of leaving). I would not contact that persons manager or HR contact…but that is just me. I’m sure all recruiters are not like that.

So what do you do if you want to hang your shingle out but still hold on to the position you have. Here are some of my ideas:

1) post a resume blog, but don’t use your full first and last name. Set up a hotmail account as the contact e-mail. This could work if the content of your resume doesn’t give you away.

2) Get involved in discussion groups and when you post something, create a link back to a “bio” you’ve placed in a resume blog (you’ll notice that many of these are bio form which may look less concerning to your current employer than a full on resume). Be open with your current employer that you are doing this so it doesn’t look like you are hiding anything.

3) Figure out how having your credentials online benefits you  in your current role. Again, be open with your employer that you are putting your info out there.

4) If your recruiter at your current company finds it, tell them that you are just trying to benchmark compensation in the industry and that each time a recruiter calls you about a position, you’ll get details on the role and the compensation and share it with them so they can use it for their own competitive intelligence. If your staffing department is hiring, get them the names of the recruiters that are calling you too.

Some of these aren’t ideal situations but just some ideas. Maybe some of the resume bloggers can weigh in here with their experiences.

Comments (14)

  1. I think if you work to build individual brand then you don’t need to put a resume out there. Much of finding a job is still about networking with the right people. The other part for me is building the individual brand. Whether this is by running my site, writing a book, magazine article, or speaking to area SIGs. Doing these activities, I can then promote who I am as an individual and more opportunities get added upon those. If you do your best in all these activities people will start to notice who you are and what you can do.

    As you said the forums are an excellent place to start. I got my first book deal from participating in the MCP Magazine forums. From here more offers came in. I know I’m going a bit beyond just posting a resume, but going to an interview and having someone ask you about what you know about IIS, and then responding "Well I wrote this book on IIS…", well that kind of helps a bit. 😉

    If a company feels threatened by posting a resume out on the Web, how much more threatened are they going to feel by you writing a book, or presenting at a conference? To me I wouldn’t want to work at a company like that.

    Basically by building your individual brand, you then create a network of contacts, and a resume then becomes something that you don’t need to represent you. By being active in the various Web communities and SIGs you define yourself by your expertise, a resume then just becomes a formality.

  2. My weblog +is+ my resume. After all, which way are you most likely to learn what I’m doing and what I’m about? By reading a sheet of paper or reading my blog where I’ve shared my life with you?

    And, yes, I am always for hire to the highest bidder (keep in mind that isn’t always the guy offering you the most cash — there’s more to compensation than just cash, there’s the work environment, the potential for doing work that’ll change the world, the people who you’ll be working with, etc).

    That’s right in my employment contract. Microsoft can fire me at any time for any reason, and I can also quit at any time for any reason. If market demand for my services goes up, Microsoft must at least match that rate, or lose me.

    That’s true for everyone. Any professional manager realizes that. So, putting a resume up on a weblog shouldn’t be seen as a threat.

    On the other hand, if I’m disatisfied with my current job, I will just find another, and won’t gripe about it on my blog. Why? Cause no one likes to work with someone who complains and airs dirty laundry.

  3. Marty Garins says:

    I agree with Robert … I too am for hire by the highest bidder and agree wholeheartedly that it is not the cash but the other things as well. If I worked for a company that complained to me that they saw my resume online. I would have doubts about that company. Ditto for me on the dirty laundry.

  4. My resume has been on the Web since 1995. If an employer was bothered by it I’d start job hunting immediately. Not because I’d be worried about getting fired, but because the misplaced concern would be a huge warning that my employer is clueless.

    Then again, my weblog has the potential to offend pretty much everybody at some point, so the resume page is really the least of my concerns 😉

  5. Okay heather, I think Scoble is on track with the right answer. Many of us (if not most) are employed "at-will", both our own and our employer’s.

    Scoble, I like your idea that your blog is your resume…for a lot of the blogs I read (at least the development ones), I know much more about the blogger as a developer than I ever would glean from their resume.

    So that goes back to the earlier stuff that Lenn was saying about focusing the blog…if you want it to represent you professionally, then maybe you should have separate blogs for separate things.

  6. Debi Jones says:

    Hi Heather, It’s interesting that you chose the word "bio", as that was what the first iteration of SPM resumeblogs were called. <a href=""></a&gt; Note the date of this blog (July 2003) and the date of the <a href="">"training&quot; powerpoint presentation</a>.

    It’s been very rewarding to see where SPM and the newest volunteers have taken my little idea of using blogs (rather than building a software application) as the vehicle for creating a professional presence on the web.

  7. Heather says:

    Yep, I think there is some good feedback here. I still think that resume blogs are very useful if you want to put yourself out there in a more overt way (especially for folks who are not regular bloggers). But there is absolutely an opprtunity for bloggers to create a true profile of the work they do through their regular blogging activity.

  8. knowing the hazards of a potential resume blog while you already have a job is key in determining whether or not it is worth the risk.

    How much (or little) you enjoy your job will go a long way in helping your decision on whether to blog or not to.

    Great suggestions of openness with your boss and recruiter and will require some discretionary license depending on your boss and job situation.

  9. Vincenzo says:

    I think it’s very dangerous to put any information about your job in your blog. Everything you’ve written on the Internet is stored in archives forever. You won’t be able to erase it.

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