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To those who accept, review, and base hiring decision on, resumes:

Would "ResumeXML" help or do you need that 'personal touch' that comes from the visualization of a submitted resume (content vs look-and-feel)?

Monday, January 26, 2004

A resume XML would be brilliant to extract the pertinent information to put the resume in the hiring work flow (allowing each hiring agent to evaluate and rank/grade in a standardized manner). Indeed, there is an HR consortium dedicated to making XML schemas for these things ( ), and it is a really good idea.

Dennis Forbes
Monday, January 26, 2004

Unfortunately the HR Consortium schema has some real issues. The most notable problem being that it's being developed by HR types behind closed doors.

...resulting in a schema that looks like it was developed by an out-of-touch committee behind closed doors. :-/


Monday, January 26, 2004

I took a quick look at the XML Resume Library ( I haven't attempted to use it to its full potential so I can't really say how good it is (or isn't), but it's probably worth a look by those who need to filter their resumes down to a couple of pages on a per-application basis.

John Gray
Monday, January 26, 2004


My professional resume has several different purposes. Yes, it serves the purpose of communicating my experience and vital statistics to a potential employer.

But, much more importantly, it conveys my personality. It's a sales brochure that says "Hire me. Not only do I possess the technical excellence to work at your company, but I'm also an interesting, fun person. I will fit in with your company's culture, and you will enjoy working with me."

I am 100% certain that, if not for my customized resume/cover letter, I would not have gotten a chance to work for my current (very very cool) employer.

Putting my resume in XML would certainly make it easier to query my list of technical skills and proficiencies, but it would also suck all the personality from my resume. And the personality is, in my opinion, the most vital part of the resume.

Benji Smith
Monday, January 26, 2004

Well Benji, just design a resume XSLT to transform your resume XML into something unique -- show off your creative side at the same time as your technical skills.  <g>

Robert Jacobson
Monday, January 26, 2004

XML for resume writing is just a convenience to generate multiple formats out of  a single source. I'm using XMLResume from and it works out nicely, you can see the result at
(No, I'm not looking for a job right now, though if Joel called, I'd seriously give it a thought :-)

Baruch Even
Tuesday, January 27, 2004

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