I recently started using careers.stackoverflow.com and I love the idea and setup of it though one thing has been bothering me.
It's commonly advised that resumes be tailored to each job listing to maximize the impact of your resume. I find myself removing experience that is not relevant for one job only to then add it back in another.
- Company A wants front end PHP web development utilizing the LAMP stack
- Company B wants linux shell scripting, data storage management and networking proficiency.
- Company C also wants the same requirements as company A.
You are proficient in all of them, yet there is no need to clutter your resume with irrelevant information.
- You come across Company A first and submit via careers.
- You com across Company B second and edit your experience, personal goal and other details and submit a different resume.
- You come across Company C only realize that you now have to re-enter the same details that only just removed.
This essentially leads to wasted time re-typing the same details.
What I think would be efficient is something along the lines of this:
- You set up a baseline resume with the full breadth of your key talents and experiences.
- As you come across a specific job, you "git-branch" your master copy and make specific edits that are tailored to a particular job (this includes experience, education, answers and everything else)
- A new PDF resume is generated for that specific employer, and when they get a customized page for you as Pekka described. (Maybe you also have an option to allow them to see your full careers profile as well?)
I think it would be a useful feature to have as
- It allows employers to see the exact resume a potential hire wants them to see
- It allows job seekers to effectively, easily and quickly edit their resume's for each job, potentially helping with the application process by making their resume stand out and be concise.
- It allows me to work faster by staying within the careers site versus having to create my own resume tailored to an employer and uploading it from a desktop application. Laying out a good resume is challenging and I love the layout of the careers resume (with a few small reservations, but that's for another post) I think it looks very professional and clean.
What does everyone else think?