Here’s another topic I’ve blogged about relentlessly in the past. In a post titled “More resumes going virtual“, Marci Alboher from the New York Times talks about the next generation of virtual resumes.
In April of 2007, Adam Darowski (a blogger friend) wrote quite a popular post on how your blog is your new resume (of course, virtual)! Joshua Porter of Bokardo picked up on it adding his thoughts to the meme and it then stirred quite the discussion.
This then got around the echo chamber of Techmeme before I picked up on the thread but my conclusion was an extension of that idea. I posited that your virtual resume is eventually going to become your default Google vanity search. You heard me right. How many of you have googled your name? Try it. What does it show? In most cases either your blog and/or your social networking site. However, let me add:
1. Most blogs are NOT professional
2. Most social networks are NOT professional
My Google search [as of July 2008] yields the following results (in order of appearance):
1. My Marketing Blog (Subscribe)
2. My Professional Network (LinkedIn)
3. My Photo Profile (Flickr)
4. My Social Networks (Friendfeed/Twitter)
5. A Marketing blog I guest blogged at (Mprofs)
6. A blog interview I did (LexBlog)
7. A video interview I did (CNET)
Now THAT is a virtual resume. I understand most folks are not social media types/edge case users like me and hence won’t have the time to blog and create a robust multimedia profile online. Plus, I know how time intensive, blogging can be in addition to your day job.
So, the easiest way to get an online identity would be to create a LinkedIn profile in a matter of a few minutes, which will then form the basis for your virtual resume aka search identity. (Disclosure: I’m LinkedIn’s Community Evangelist)
So what is your Virtual Resume? Do you need one?