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Monday, June 06, 2005

Jumpstart your career

Yahoo news has an interesting article this morning, "Web Sites, Blogs Can Boost Your Career." The article makes a distinction between the advantages of web site portfolios, which may include a resume or vitae, and a blog, which is ongoing and current (or should be, if you are referring prospective employers to it).

If you have an on-line resume, make sure it is accurate and current. You should know the implications of having it on-line too, because there is a good chance your current employer is going to see it. There is nothing wrong with this. As a matter of fact, a good reason for having your resume online is the ease with which it can be revised. Tell your boss its just a way of keeping yourself organized and your skills up to date.

The article makes a lot of good points, but the free form blogging concept could also harm a hopeful job applicant. Just think, blogging at its most conceptual can be irreverent, polaric, political, and personal. Do you really want a prospective employer to see your latest rant against your current two-timing, double-crossing, ugly-as-sin boss? Or the fact that you spend more time blogging than anything else at the office?Don't think that they won't know if you don't tell them. More often than not your name will be googled right along with your resume and credit checks.

Don't stop blogging, and don't censor yourself. Simply be aware that what you're putting out there may be there for a very long time.

Wish I had seen this earlier from Anil Dash - here is a quote from his articleon defining identity:

"if you know people are going to be looking you up, then you should have a place (like, say, a blog) that is a definitive source of information about yourself, instead of leaving it to chance."
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