I mentioned previously that Tom Raftery is looking for a job via his blog.
Some of the people that responded were complaining that he hadn’t his CV online and that he hadn’t references for previous jobs and that he hadn’t mentioned every niggly detail that a CV demands. So I went off on a bit of a rant but I think I’ll expand on why I think you don’t need to have a CV if you job hunt via your blog. It’s the old way of doing business and thinking in a analog way compared to the new way of communicating and working with people. The Hughtrain method I suppose.
You don’t need the CV because you already have your foot in the door. You are sharing the conversation space with an employer already via your blog. You don’t need to go through the horseshit of “So tell me about yourself?” You don’t need to answer the silly questions that are just asked to find out are you telling the truth about your abilities and that you’re not a nutter. The recruiting process can cut all that out if you are involved in the environment you want a job in. References? Again to make sure you’re not telling porkies and are not a nutter. Outside validation. Your employer should be already in that conversation and seeing what’s happening. You should be known to them. A company should always be looking at new ways of thinking and should always be looking to recruit great people that can make their company better. If that company isn’t doing it, should you care?
Look at Google snapping up small companies. They don’t look for CVs, they see what the companies do and just buy the company to get the people. Many other larger tech companies are doing this too. The shining stars are recruited via what they do, they communicate via their work not via a word document. Stormhoke is a global microbrand, Englishcut is a global microbrand, Tom Raftery is his own global microbrand. You don’t have to have a cv for wine, why have one for Tom?
If you’re medicore at what you do and want to work in a company where everyone sits in cubicle doing the same thing the way it’s always done and must always be done then sure polish up your cv, if you can’t stand out from the crowd then use more bold in that cv and a nice subtle watermark. Passionate people at the top of their game don’t need a cv.
But maybe I’m being arrogant with one concrete job offer because of this blog and one suggestion that I interview for a company. Politely declined both and I’ll not disclose who. They know who they are as do I. 🙂