Students Chime in on “The Blog is the New Resume”

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk to some college tech students about what to expect in the big, bad real world. We talked a bit about technology, but I focused my part of the chat on—you guessed it—how the blog is the new resume. I was surprised when only a couple members of that group were blogging at all, and none of them were creating a “professional blog”.

Over the weekend, though, I saw a few incoming links from students at American University, all linking to the Blog is the New Resume post. Each of them provided their own take. To me, it was great to see some perspective on this idea from college students. Blogging wasn’t around when I was in college. So, when I was coming out of school, I never worried about my online identity. In my last job search, however, I utilized my online identity to the fullest extent possible.

So, I wanted to share some highlights from these posts…

From Sarah Coopersmith:

For example… If you’re a chef and on your resume you write that you are an excellent baker. I have to believe you based on what you said. However if in your blog you post about how you perfected a recipe for apple pie in detail, there’s my proof that you know what you’re talking about.

One of the best examples I’ve heard. Perfectly put.

From Peter Chow:

Here’s my problem with using blogs as a r√©sum√©:
- Will something I wrote 2 years ago be used against me?
- Will employers take into considerations that its written 2 years ago?
- Will employers tell me they searched for me online?
- Will they tell me the reason they won’t hire me is due to something I have online? (of course not)

Solution?

In addition to a r√©sum√©, employers can ask for a detailed package of past projects, case studies, documented experience and other information they would want from a potential hire. If that’s in the form of a blog, awesome.

I’m sorry, but if it’s out there, I’m searching for it. Peter brings up some great points about whether the employer should say whether or not the online identity negatively affected the hiring decision.

From Sonia:

Another point I’d like to make is that while I (guess I) respect those who maintain a blog, I do believe people should watch what they write. You may at the moment feel waves of anger pumping through your blood and write something that could later harm you. I understand that at that point you may not have total control, but generally speaking, you are your best friend, so you know in your gut what’s appropriate and not appropriate to put out there. You know how that could affect your personal or professional life.

Sonia is reluctant to share, but she get it right in my opinion. She shares very little personal information, but what she does share only helps her case as a candidate. It is well-thought out, calculated, and provides value to the reader. Certainly one of the best ways to go about having a blog as a resume.

Again, great to see insight from current students that have spent a much higher percentage of their life with internet access. It’s great for them to be thinking about this already—they’re going to need to. These are the future candidates I’ll gravitate towards—the ones that ponder in a professional blog. Really, all I use a resume for is to look for a URL.

3 Comments

  1. On November 6th, 2007 at 7:28 am Nicole said:

    Adam,

    I’m teaching the course that you came across at American University. One of the greatest things about using blogs in the course is that student “assignments” (their posts) are public. More often than not, the author they are writing about visits and writes a comment. Thank you for taking the time to visit 3 student blogs, leave comments, and write your own post about their work. It’s as if you were a virtual guest speaker this week — simply through your blogging…

    Nicole Melander, Kogod School of Business
    melander@american.edu

  2. On November 22nd, 2007 at 11:09 am Abhishek Nandakumar said:

    I was quite surprised when a college professor called me out of class to talk about what I had written about someone. I deleted the post she was referring to shortly.

    It’s weird. There really are more people seeing what you write than you imagine. I’ve learned to watch what I write since then. Now I think twice before posting anything new.

  3. On November 26th, 2007 at 3:08 pm » How to Use a Blog as a Career Resume : Let a Job Find You Careers 2.0 : Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Careers and Jobs Success said:

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