A few months ago Garry Golden published an interesting article on Tech Crunch titled: “Why LinkedIn should kill the résumé and replace it with the experience graph” If for some reason you have not read it, I suggest you save the link and take some time to delve into it.
This is the first of a series of blogs I am writing that will address (some likes and some way off base) ideas presented in the article. I had been playing with same idea for quite a while and decided to try and produce my own experience graph CV and would love some feedback from readers!
The main premise of the article is that LinkedIn should scrap the traditional resume and help people produce their own individual graphs. Bottom line is that in a digital social world, old fashioned CVs and resumes are outdated – A concept I whole heartedly agree with. Think of it as the difference between making a decision about a house by looking at a static B&W image, vs. an interactive image that provides information and the important connections about the information.
So as I waded into this project I came up with a two page document (full PDF attached here). Page 1 provides a quick overview of the main Education positions from the last decade or so, as well as a key points snapshot down the left side.
Page 2 is my foray into an experience graph (using Excel & Word) that I will dissect to explain my approach and how I tried to connect relevant data.
Let’s start by looking at the legend section. This is where I tried to provide the time frame used, the different countries I worked in, and the colour code of main functions (transferrable skills?) that I broke down by % to show how that changed over the years.
In the top section of the page (so it is emphasized) I included some info about my M.Ed. degree, including a link to an intriguing YouTube video overview of the project.
The letters blocks along the bottom of the graph correspond to the positions listed in detail on page one. This was the easiest way to bring some reference to these experiences without cluttering the graph.
Though my freelance experiences are much more extensive than is listed here, I had to prioritize what I thought would be important. This is a section that may need to change depending upon any future positions I may be interested in?
Going for a test Drive 🙂
So I decided to apply for a few positions that I think I am qualifies for just to see what would happen. I chose three smaller institutions and a few multinationals. Reality check time LOL! Of course you know dear reader what happened when I logged onto a multinational site – it asked me to upload my ‘resume’ and then the ‘software’ convert it into their format. I won’t go into a full rant about online HR systems (I did that here) but whatever algorithm they used, it completely butchered my experience graph.
Thus we are faced with an age-old challenge: How do new ideas (experience graphs) and technologies (data mining) fit with an outdated approach to hiring (HR systems)?
Please feel free to share your thoughts & ideas about my graph – and even share your own versions of an experience graph.
You can view the full PDF here: oct-16-vis-cv