As part of what I am calling Job Search 2.0 (see post just below this one) – there is a push for creating a standardized way for people to control their resume data. Instead of having to enter their resume into numerous job boards in a million different formats – there is a standardized online format that has been created and is gaining in popularity called hResume.
What the heck is hResume and why should you care?
hResume creates a new page in your blog specifically designed to present your resume in a visual form that is viewable by people and computers. The hResume Project has developed an hResume plugin for WordPress (sponsored by SPUR) that automatically embeds semantic markup as specified in the hResume Microformat. Microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. By using this semantic markup, resume content can be read by computers operated by employers and employment websites. Additionally, the format will allow search engines to easily index resume content and return resume data in search results.
New and progressive sites like Emurse already accept hResumes. If this gains in popularity – it may force the big boards to accept resumes in this format as well. This puts the control of the content back in the hands of the job seekers. They are free to include only the information that they are comfortable sharing publicly. There is no *required* info to submit. Resume content can be housed and updated in ONE place (and then just ping job boards to advise of an update – just like posting a new blog post).
Given the ease of indexing the content – the adoption of hResume formats by job seekers would be quite a windfall for recruiters and sourcers. You can see how it works on our EXCELER8ion blog. Take a look at the nav bar at the top and you will see that there is now a tab that says ‘resume’.
[tags]microformats, hResume, semantic markup, job boards, emurse[/tags]