Why do jobs require resumes (or why are resumes broken?)

I saw this post on Scoble about how a Yahoo recruiter asking for his resume. Robert Scoble, for the new folks, is one of the top bloggers in the world (currently 21 on this list). So this is like asking Paul McCartney for a resume to see if he is a good fit to sing at your event.

This leads to a great point from a conversation I had with Kinan last month. Kinan asked me "Why exactly do we have online resumes that look like paper resumes?" That doesn’t make sense, does it? While I realize we all can’t be stars like Aleksey Varner with our own videos…

Resumes were pieces of paper because that was how we passed them to
other people. Yet they do a miserable job of expressing a persons real
self. Kinan believes in this so much he has an entire site called Things I Can Do where you can express those skill sets and others can vouch for you.

Our current method is to spend 30 minutes with google on someone’s name. You quickly find out their blog, their company, their flickr, their myspace, their life and get a
good idea of what they are really like. Much more so than a resume.

I am not 100% convinced that a site like ThingsICanDo will survive
alone, but with an RSS method of sharing that data we would be a step
closer to shared full circle descriptions of folks. Which would make
hiring much easier. And people would stop asking Robert for his resume.