Should an Author's Resume/CV Be on His/Her #HR blog?

by Matthew Stollak on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Short post, and inside baseball.  

I was taken to task by a reader regarding my use of LinkedIn to examine the educational background of the HuffPost Top 100 Most Social HR Experts on Twitter.  Her argument is that LinkedIn is a glitchy marketing tool, that shouldn't be confused with a resume.  

So, it got me wondering...if not LinkedIn, where can I find the evidence of the expertise and background of the HR leaders of today?

Combing the list and perusing the many HR blogs and personal websites out there, one of the things I have noticed is how few have the author's resume (or a link to one) detailing employment history, skills, educational background, etc. There might be a bio, some background info, and a link to LinkedIn to connect, but rarely is there information demonstrating their bonafides.

Why might that be?
  • Despite the reader's contention above, has LinkedIn replaced the traditional resume for most, and individuals should be directed there to see the details?
  • Personal preference?
  • The author hasn't updated the resume in quite awhile? 
With that in mind, should an author's resume be part of the blog (mine's at the top)?  Would knowing such information enhance the credibility of the author's blog? Does it matter?

Leave your thoughts below.

13 comments

Speaking for myself only here, I'd say no, and that a link to your LinkedIn profile is sufficient. I almost never have an 'updated' resume anyway but LinkedIn I generally keep pretty current and it has lots more information that my resume would.

by Steve Boese on July 9, 2013 at 7:11 AM. #

I use a link to my LinkedIn profile as well. I have a resume I update for specific opportunities. I could probably have a generic version, but that is what my LinkedIn profile serves as.
I don't think anyone would value my content differently based upon my resume. Or my SHRM membership, by the way.

by Tim Gardner on July 9, 2013 at 11:57 AM. #

Thanks for your input Steve and Tim.

by Matthew Stollak on July 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM. #

I don't think it's absolutely necessary, but it can’t hurt...unless like Steve said, you don’t keep it updated. I’m a very new blogger, but I plan to have my experience on my 'About' page at some point. Mostly because I’m starting a consulting business and the blog will be a part of my marketing strategy. I don’t want potential customers to have to go to LinkedIn to see my qualifications.

by Erin Amdor on July 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM. #

Thanks for the comment Erin. Good luck with the blog...you should provide a link here.

by Matthew Stollak on July 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM. #

Thanks Matthew, the link is www.paperclipsandpolicies.com

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by Anne Leah on September 5, 2013 at 8:07 PM. #

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