A couple years ago, we put up a blog post on the Union Square Ventures weblog and said that we wanted to hire an analyst. The deal was simple – no phone calls, no resumes, no emails – just a link to your web presence. We hired Andrew as a result of that effort and it was a great fit for everyone.
So we are doing the exact same thing again.
While, most unfortunately I don’t think I’d get the job based on my relatively low-level of web presence (it’s ok, I’m not exactly looking for a job right now, but perhaps we can work together in some manner in the future AVC?), this, I have to say, is incredibly cool. I’m a believer that a resume is a resume, and there are too many things beyond that resume that are important but widely ignored. AVC recognizes this.
The important thing AVC recognizes is the increasing power and effectiveness of the web. You can probably deduce a lot from how someone portrays themselves on the web. Firstly, they probably have the equivalent of their resume connected to their online selves anyway, as they’re usually a desire to legitimize what they’re putting forth. To boot, whatever embellishment someone might put on the web, they would probably put on their resume anyway (so you’re not winning or losing either way).
Secondly, you can really get a sense of what someone is all about from what they’re doing online. Are they succinct and knowledgeable? Are they linked to billion unmanageable identities, does it mean they take on too much? Are they attentive to details? Are they mean and nasty or respectful? Do they like what they do, what they write about, or are they just trying to “be somewhere”?
Who knows, this could start a new trend. I would be weary if it were to turn into a big fad too quickly, as I think there could be mistakes involved (who’s assessing what makes a good web presence anyway?), but I think there are a few companies or industries that could pull this off.
Caps off to AVC. And look, they’ve already got proof of concept in their favor.