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Bloggers Need Not Apply — why you’ll fail the job interview because of your blog

This is an interesting article on blogs from the point of view of people who are interviewing candidates. They talk about how blogs can be easily found by doing a search on the candidates name and how some candidates clearly mention their blog in their resume.

While the article doesn’t go into any true detail, it does cover some salient points like:

  • how blogging gives interviewers more information of a personal nature then they would normally have during a job interview
  • how the focus of the blog may skew their opinion of the candidates’ experience and/or interests
  • how even if the blog is sanitary when talking about previous workplaces, co-workers and dirty laundry that there is the implied risk that may not always be the case
  • how there is an underlying suspicion that time will be wasted maintaining their blog instead of working

The overall gist is that interviewers feel that having a blog at all is a negative on a candidate’s application.
Chronicle Careers: 7/8/2005: Bloggers Need Not Apply

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  1. […] I've starting using del.icio.us to keep track of sites/articles that I might be interested in posting to this blog (especially if I come across them while at work and I don't have the time to do a post). I'd heard about it quite some time back, but this was my first experience using it and I clearly see the advantage of being able to share my bookmarks with my work and home computer, since it is often I will come across something at work but not want to waste the time fully reading it (and as previously mentioned blogging is considered to be a career killer). […]

  2. Tony Chung said, on May 01, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Very interesting points. I think it depends on the nature of the blog. Good content and faithful viewers can be very impressive to an employer if they understand the blogosphere.

    On the other hand, rants and poor grammar can lead to some easy (negative) assumptions of the blogger.

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