Learning to network

February 5, 2007

Standard CVs part 2 – the jobseeker’s holy grail?

Filed under: career, Self-marketing, Technologies — Arthur M. Gallagher @ 3:28 pm

Following on from my last post on standardised CVs, I managed to dig out the link for resume standards I saw in a post from Bill Vick. He mentioned the HR-XML Consortium.

I discovered that I was not the only person musing about how much better the jobseeker’s world would be if only there were a simple, unified way of marking up the content in CVs – Sara Moss recently wrote Staffing Technology: Portable resumes. However, the reality of the situation might be slightly less rosy. For a more pragmatic view on the obstacles holding us back from curriculum nirvana, see Chuck Allen’s reply HR-XML blog » Portable Resumes.

After all, we are all individuals, and every person’s resume should convey their own personality, capabilities, and even brand. All of this becomes rather difficult to quantify in standardised terms. Yes you can measure quantities in an XML schema, but will it allow a candidate’s qualities to truly shine through.

Still, dreaming about informatic ideals is obviously a part of my individuality, and is a quality that helps me add some measure of positive change into the activities I carry out, so I’m not going to stop just yet.

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