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16 responses to “Resumes are Dead. Social Media is Your New Resume.”

  1. David Meerman Scott

    Wow – very cool that we are talking about the same things. Thanks for linking to my stuff. This approach to looking for a new job works so I hope between us we can help people to advance their careers. Best, David

  2. McMatt

    Definitely agree with the overall thoughts. I was just starting to work on a blog post with the thought that a Twitter account could be the new business card.

    By passing along a simple user name, you provide a quick means of contact that also can link to any other important outlet for you (blog, fbook page, etc). It adds the extra elements of the Web by sharing your most recent posts about your topics of interest, as well as those in your community.

    Would love any thoughts on this (half-assuming this has already been written on extensively and I’m just now realizing :P)

  3. Jack Leblond

    Social media can be a blessing and a curse to job hunters. Too often people forget that once they click submit, that picture or comment will live on forever in the various deep dark places of the web waiting for someone to use just the right search phrase. I “Google” all potential hires, it is often amazing the things you find. Both good and not so good.

  4. jquaglia

    This is definitely a relevant acknowledgment. However, I think it is a bit prophetic. And, I believe that it applies more to job seekers with very specific skills.

    Careers to which this may already apply: writer, programmer, artist/designer, consultant

    Careers to which social media still has little effect on the job hunt: finance, insurance, attorney

    The former are careers where a certain skill set will be enough for you to get the job done. The latter are a group of careers that will vary greatly depending on the firm you work for, industry in which you work in, etc. In the case of the latter, a personal blog may help a CEO or Managing Director get a job at another high profile job, but it wouldn’t necessarily help a recent college graduate without specific experience. While a prospective employer may find it impressive that a job candidate keeps a personal blog about law school, for example, such a blog is still far from replacing a resume. And such a blog will not likely provide much valuable information to a potential employer.

  5. thunderror

    How fascinating…A brilliant post…The fact that blogging builds up the best resume is so true…

  6. Larry Hawes

    It’s interesting to see the notion of social software as a job search aid gaining traction in the blogsphere. I recently predicted that we will remember the the 2008-2009 recession as the time when the public availability of free social software proved to be the unemployed knowledge worker’s best friend and savior.

    A person’s blog, Twitter stream, LinkedIn profile, etc. are all ways to “sell” their value as a potential employee online. What I most appreciate about your post is the message that proving one’s expertise and worth by publishing is far more effective then annoying one’s network to death. Don’t tell me what you can do, do it and help me see what you’ve done!

  7. philcampbell

    I’ve been thinking and knowing this for the last 18 months and never got around to really writing about so thanks for the kick up the backside to think about it again.

    Absolutely is social media become the new resume. It’s being SOCIABLE with your media at any time regardless of timezone.

    Thanks for a great post!

    Btw, the next extension to this is something i’m working on called rezpondr. You can check it out by going to and clicking the media tab.

  8. Fyre Vortex

    Good post here, I agree with Larry-Participating online in these new Web 2.0 services can expand your reaches and also by blogging you can tell other people about your hobby, your interests, and other people can see your potential through those.

    I also agree with Jquaglia-Blogs cannot replace resumes. But it can help in finding a job.

    By using these services, you are SHOWing your ability.

  9. Chad

    Right but to what extent is this a good thing and to what extent can it backfire? Does it change if like me you are a recent grad?

    Recently I asked a group of social network savvy professionals what they thought about recent college grads using these same rules to advance themselves. I would love your input.

  10. Zoli Erdos


    I think for recent grads social media is even more important, since there’s not much you can put on your resume yet. But I’ll stop now, your question and post inspired me to write another post – stay tuned 🙂

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  12. mmariluch

    With all the “resume” companies out there today it is common practice to embellish then embellish again on the true level of experience and credentials. With the flood of “less than true” resumes in today’s market,the honest worker has little or no chance of landing the interview. It is my opinion that “blogs” are just another avenue to use to further corrupt the landslide of bullshit that exists on the internet. In this market environment, the honest are better off looking for opportunities to be entrepreneurs. Find opportunities close to where you live and work hard to advance them with the people you know. The world is only going to get worse as more “liars” learn how to deliver their bullshit via the internet. Trust me, it’s all to implode eventually. Every year, less and less qualified people are lying their way into jobs that require a lot more “true” experience and expertise than the majority of the bullshitters have, especiallyin the technology arena.