Back in March, I told you that ResumeBlogs work. And in other posts, I've encouraged active networking as part of a career search (including networking via blogs). Even in the ProfGuilds' Software Product Marketing Discussion Group, there is conversation about whether ResumeBlogs have led to people accepting new positions (people are looking for testimonials). I can now officially tell you “yes, ResumeBlogs work...I have proof”. I got an e-mail today from a ResumeBlogger that I met in the Silicon Valley last month (I'm keeping his identity confidential until he starts, but then maybe he'll guest blog on his experience!). As you know, in my role, I am responsible for outreach to candidates and marketing communities and work closely with recruiters that recruit for open marketing positions at Microsoft. In preparation for my trip to the valley, Cynthia Typaldos, who runs the SPM ProfGuild (I think I've been calling them the SPM eGroup, which is their old name) sent out mail to the SPM members/ResumeBloggers. A candidate (let's call him RB for ResumeBlogger) contacted me to arrange a meeting time while I was in town. I met with him during my trip and shared his info and feedback with my peer Eric, who contacted RB right away. Two weeks later, RB had an offer in-hand from Microsoft for a Platform Evangelist position (incidentally, interviews did take place during that time). RB contacted me today to let me know. Sounds like he is pretty excited to start the next phase of his career here at Microsoft...and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the process moved along...which doesn't always happen, I know (kudos go to Eric for that for sure)!

Jeremy Wright blogged on “Maybe Resume Blogs do work?” . He said he won't admit that I was right until he gets an interview ; ) Maybe the experience of RB will convince him.

Congrats to RB...and welcome to Microsoft!

PS: Here's where you can go to create your own ResumeBlog.