Resume 2.0

The web has become so integrated in many of our lives that it has fundamentally changed how we do things. We order groceries online. We buy roses for that special someone in another city the day of their special day from our laptop while still in bed. We now even have a day to celebrate this glorious place we call The Internet.

Cut to 2007 — and you are looking for a job — and the way you represent yourself to a potential employer hasn’t changed since 1994 — the old-school, vintage, Microsoft Word resume.

I won’t go into the drawbacks and issues of depending on a Microsoft Word document as the “definition of you” in a job application — that could be an article itself.

The web hasn’t changed the idea of a “resume” in a job application, but it has changed the game in that employers can now research candidates. As an employer, I regularly google potential candidates, check up on their myspace and/or facebook profiles, and generally e-stalk them a little bit to really find out what they are about. If the candidate has a blog, even better. A perfect opportunity to get some dirt!

Whats interesting to me is how job candidates and society will react to this change in information power. What I see happening is a new, improved, Resume 2.0 — an “entity” online that represents you, that can be tagged and categorized with meaningful data, musings and blog posts associated with it, and a online, living “profile” of who you are, what you can do, and what you can do.

Resume 1.0 — the vintage, Microsoft Word doc was a file with some data about you.

Resume 2.0 — will be a robust, online entity of you as a job seeker — that uses your data to work for you – connect you with the employers that are looking for “entities” like you, expose meaningful information about you, and improve the way you are represented digitally.


2 Responses to “Resume 2.0”

  1. 1 Mary Kurek June 4, 2007 at 5:18 am

    I agree with you about being careful about what you post online. Employees use the web to research potential empoloyers but seem to forget that employers do exactly the same thing to them. Having a cute email address ( or using a blog to rant about how multinationals are exploiting workers when you’re going for a job at a big corporate is sabotaging your efforts straight up. Doesn’t mean you can’t do these things just be smart about it and have an email address for job hunting and one to use with your friends.

  2. 2 desmond stinnie June 28, 2007 at 11:45 pm

    Ironically – that is what we are developing here at & the reason i found your blog was because we are terming our concept as “Resume 2.0” so I gooogled it.

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