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Transparency in hiring

People who blog have a known level of transparency. You can see what they think, what they're up to, and, often, how skilled they are. It shocks me when someone who clearly spends a lot of time online and professes about how skilled they are has no blog, journal, or even a personal Web site.

Not everyone has time to update a blog, I know, but the bare minimum of their achievements would do. I would find it hard to hire someone who wasn't a blogger for something like FeedDigest or an online marketing or PR style role because they're clearly not making the effort. It'd be like hiring someone who had no résumé, references, or anything to say about themselves.

August 02, 2005 | Posted by peter | Comments (9)

In the future, without a blog you're forcing yourself to be a surf. Every blog should list a resume and a talk about what you are currently studying, developing, etc.

The long tail will find you.

My current career model is all based on writing something, and trusting that Google and Technorati will find a market.

Posted by: Alan Gutierrez at August 2, 2005 01:24 AM

Is that (Technorati) how you found this post, Alan? It seems to be becoming a lot more popular nowadays.

Posted by: Peter Cooper at August 2, 2005 01:36 AM

My excuse is that I fear mine would become quite (too?) depressing, talking mainly about the role of 'self-representing litigants,' the decline of nursing homes in this part of the world, and, well, that's depressing enough :-P

In all seriousness though, thank you Peter -- you may have just given me the 'push' I need to set out on a bit of a blogging expedition of my own. (But life was go good as a blog lurker!)

Posted by: Reece S at August 2, 2005 01:53 AM

Found you in the comments of, Peter. Added your feed to my feed reader a while back.

Posted by: Alan Gutierrez at August 2, 2005 05:27 AM

Alan, that's "serf", not "surf", although we should all hope for a career path that gives more time for surfing. :-)

My current company is a software startup in the area of on-demand applications and server virtualization. With the amount of buzzwords we trade in, you'd think the marketing guys would have more of an interest in blogs. But no, they have no plans at all around blogs, don't particularly care that anyone in the company might *be* blogging, and aren't even willing to learn about tools like Technorati, PubSub, or to track blog conversations in our space. It's so stone-age.

Posted by: Andrew at August 3, 2005 02:39 PM

LOL. Becoming a surf. What a concept. Thanks for the correction.

Andrew - When I really started delving into the blogosphere about two years ago, I thought that things would move much faster than they have.

The problem is probably one of expectations. Jeff Jarvis is on about the 100 lists, and there were those silly Technorati stats that came out last week saying there were N trillion new blogs starting every day.

Jeff attacks the A-lists, but they do count for something. The proliferation of feeds is mostly spam, or TypePad trials, but it does count for something.

Somewhere in between is a new form of personal communication that has accountability, persistence, a richer format, and meaningful attachments (hResume). There is going to be a huge public database of personal information, and ad-hoc applications of software assembled by the laity.

There isn't a business model for this. It's nothing you can understand unless you partake.

(Wow. That last part is soooo true. Whenever I take a break from blogging and I completely forget what it is all about.)

Posted by: Alan Gutierrez at August 4, 2005 11:16 PM

So you'd only hire self publicists?

Posted by: Jim at August 12, 2005 11:37 PM

You put it a bit bluntly, but.. sorta. Consider that in the academic world one is not considered accomplished unless they have a lot of papers or citations to their name. Likewise, I believe that in the Internet world, one should be well published on the net. If you're a temp or a paper shuffler, then great, but if you think you're something hot on the net, then if you haven't used the tools to prove it...

Posted by: Peter Cooper at August 13, 2005 12:39 AM

hi. just letting you know that i enjoyed your site. out little pieces of bread and cups of juice: , through others who went there

Posted by: thomas miller at October 10, 2005 08:38 PM

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