The LinkedIn PDF Button is the New Resume

A friend of mine recently compared me to a popstar. Then she said “and The Blog Is the New Resume is your one hit wonder”.

Well, of course the blog isn’t literally a resume. It is merely better than a resume. In many cases, you need that piece of paper that needs to be put in the hand of an actual person so they can read your blog and learn all about you.

I’ve kind of always wanted to teach. Finally, after many years of wondering how to go about that, an opportunity to dabble on the side has presented itself. The first step was to hand off a resume. Hrm. I don’t even keep a resume anymore. I mean, how can I? I’m the blog is the resume guy.

So, I worked around it, thanks to LinkedIn.

I cheated on LinkedIn with Facebook a little while back. It didn’t last long. I’m a LinkedIn fanboy again. I’m not going to go into all the reasons I prefer LinkedIn right now, though a lot as to do with Community Manager Mario Sundar and developer Steve Ganz (who I like to think of as Mr. hResume). The folks at LinkedIn just launched a new redesign today (go check it out if you haven’t yet), but the feature I’m going to talk about was in place before the re-design… I just didn’t need it until today.

In my younger days, I might have jumped at the chance to design a nice pretty resume in InDesign or whatever. Not now. I know I already have this data spread all over social networks. I want to get it out so I can reuse it. I have entered my work info in Facebook. But you show me an “export” button anywhere in Facebook and I’ll show you a flippin’ pegasus.

But check this out:

The PDF Button is the New Resume (Part 1)

Yeah. Export to PDF. Boom. There’s my resume. It looks a-somethin’ like this:

The PDF Button is the New Resume (Part 2)

It has clean type and layout, so I’m going with this. I only needed to make minimal edits. I opened the PDF up in Illustrator and added “• darowski.com” after the email address. I do kind of wish that your “Websites” were included in PDF export. Also, this position requested a list of software and languages. I documented elsewhere that I want to keep that out of my resume. But again in Illustrator I was able to quickly add it in.

How can you tell you like a feature? When you take all the time you saved and instead you use that time to blog about it.

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  1. On June 6th, 2008 at 10:36 am LinkedIn PDF Button as a Resume, Sarcastic ecards, Writing Code for Obama, Cities & Ambition | Software by Rob said:

    [...] The LinkedIn PDF Button is the New Resume РAnother post supporting my theory of the impending extinction of MS Word resumes. The best line: Finally, after many years of wondering how to go about that, an opportunity to dabble on the side has presented itself. The first step was to hand off a resume. Hrm. I don’t even keep a resume anymore. I mean, how can I? I’m the blog is the resume guy. [...]