Adam Darowski says that his blog helped him land his current job and Joshua Porter of Bokardo simulated a great discussion about blogs as a resume. From the beginning (June 1, 2000), I’ve posted my blog knowing that a future boss or client could read it. This blog was originally a personal blog since I didn’t have my own business yet — just a couple of writing assignments.
Of course, when I look back at those old posts — I wince. But I won’t delete them or change them. They’ve been on the Internet for too long. The only time I ever change a post is when I catch a typo or grammar error. Occasionally, I find broken links — but I don’t delete all of them because it would make the post confusing if I do.
What about kids who start blogging or MySpace-types of pages? Is it fair to use their page against them? Can’t kids be kids? Here’s a story of someone who didn’t get a degree due to a MySpace profile. My daughter uses MySpace and keeps it clean — thankfully. It has typical kid comments and photos (nothing suggestive). I’ve talked to her about how her personal pages reflect on her. What else can I do? She’s only in middle school and shouldn’t have to worry about college just yet.
Someone I know is anxious to find another job, but he doesn’t have a blog and isn’t interested in starting one. Should everyone have a blog? I don’t think so. The Web can still become the new resume as many of us have profiles on social networking sites like LinkedIn, Ryze, and MySpace.
Anyone in the Dallas area looking for an IT manager or project manager that has people skills — please contact me. I’ve got the person for you. Why is he anxious? Simply because the company promised he’d gain more responsibilities. Instead it moved his responsibilities to the mother ship, so he’s stuck doing tasks more for an entry-level tech. Furthermore, the manager won’t hired the much needed two staffers leaving him to do the job of three people. The data center desperately needs newer and additional hardware, but the company won’t spend the money leaving him to do a lot of reactive work instead of proactive.