During a discussion on the Australian .Net Mailing List about agencies and finding a good job amongst the chaff. Andrew Matthews responded, suggesting that the person boost their recruitabilityness by blogging. Now I have only started blogging recently and I must admit that increasing my recruitabilityness wasn’t why I started. If I was going for a job I would probably include my blog in my resume or at least mention it in an appropriate context during the interview.
Blogs that I enjoy reading (see my blogroll) are people who I would see as having recruitabilityness. Jeff Atwood’s post about Why Can’t Programmers..Program?really sparked some interest and culminated in a podcast by Scott Hansleman on Hiring and Interviewing Engineers. A common theme was it doesn’t matter what you have on your resume I need to know that you have the Right Stuff to be a programmer.
A blog has to be a good place to find out about a candidate, it would be pretty hard to synthesis a good blog. You would be looking for:
- Original Content not just rehashing other peoples content.
- Content that matches their experience (eg C#, SQL Server etc).
- Are they reading other blogs and being part of topic being discussed.
I would have to say that by blogging I have added another way for me to demonstrate by suitability for a job. It doesn’t replace having the technical knowledge and the experience but I don’t think you could have a blog that faked these things.