As someone who is known to hire people once in a while I always get really suspicious when "What other say about me" sounds like the stuff I see further down the page.
Who would ever actually say something a long the lines of
“Matthew brought a combination of vision, strategy and execution that can rarely be found in one individual. His brand development and messaging at launch resulted in demand that exceeded expectations…an ideal talent for the product marketing executive that is looking for the next rockstar to add to their growing team.”
I mean "his brand development..." really?
That is so written to sound serious not to actually sound like something other people would say about Matthew.
I would much rather trust stuff like:
"Matthew is one of those guys who get it. He is fun to work with and very knowledgable and have a good track record of successes"
As a programmer this resume repells me, it is full of bullshit marketing terms and this appears to be the kind of guy who wants to earn top dollar just for being an important marketing guy who supposedly can do wonders, of which there are droves.
In my experience, using buzzwords is really useful...if you want to work for the kind of company that is impressed by buzzwords. On the other hand, if you want to work for thoughtful, innovative people, it is best to be genuine, passionate, and knowledgeable about the product(s) you wish to market. I'm also a firm believer that marketers who want to work in technology should learn to program - inevitably, they will have to learn from engineers and a little bit of experience programming makes that process so much easier.
Unfortunately, when I suggested those things at a recent alumni meeting, the response was less than positive.
I've downloaded this guy's resume (http://googlepleasehire.me/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Resume...) and while I'm aware he's doing something that I don't know much about, I am puzzled by the 'technology' thing in his skills chart. Can someone give me a hint what does he mean by giving himself 6 skill points in it? Same question for 'research & analytics' and 'social media' - these terms are so vague that their meaning is close to none for me.
Generally, I do like skill charts that look like RPG character sheets (so much so, I've been using this paradigm for my own skill profile http://udos.name), however as you said this particular one seems indeed a bit devoid of actual information. Even if the categories were meaningful, what's the point in having a scale of 1 to 7 when the lowest outlier rating you give yourself is 4?
Character sheet is pure awesomeness. I realized how subjective the interview process when my last interview --- yesturday --- was entirely composed of: "From 1-10, 10 being the creator of the language, how are you with X? How about y? And Z?"
This kind of online resume gets past all that kind of stuff. I see real value in being able to cleanly present this kind of high-level skillset info to employers PRE-interview.
True. Of course even if you could trust it, it's a gross simplification. In reality, those dots mean different things in different contexts. But I still liked the idea of conveying some measure of experience related to a given subject instead of just listing buzzwords indiscriminately.
Was this an attempt at a Rushmore parody? As that's what it felt like.
On a serious note, it concerns me slightly that over the entire website the moustache is mentioned more than any credible reason why Google would actually want to hire him.
Equally, on his resume - his top ranking skill is 'Using Microsoft Office' - when compared to his other attributes ranking, I would say that's slightly worrying. i.e. You rate yourself more of a master of Microsoft Office, than you are of digital marketing skills.
Finally, this seemed to be released on the 29th of July, and only has 506 views - currently, it seems to be failing slightly on a digital marketing front. (Although this may change now with a top of hacker news / inevitable post on Techcrunch, effect)
I doubt he will say no if facebook/twitter/zynga/any other large internet company comes calling. Its a effective campaign which aims at google, but of course can go viral enough to be noticed by everyone else. Clever.
I tried sending a reverse resume to Google. I sent in cupcakes with the URL of the custom-domain-resume-website on it. Got lots of hits from Mountain View and Atlanta on the day, but in the end didn't even an email saying "no thanks".
This guy's app is clearly way better than mine was :)
I think there is a need for a reverse job portal which is open. So candidates can post their resumes, profiles, videos etc. to this portal and also select the categories or companies for which they want to be considered. Any employer can search for the candidates on this portal and contact them.
The idea is that the data is open and not in control of a job portal. There can be some security measures to keep the data safe and stop the spammers.
Not sure about linkedin. First of all you need an employer subscription to see the data for all the users. Also, for most of the users the data they put on linkedin is not very structured. It is mostly the dates of employment and sometimes a very general description about them.
The features that can distinguish such a site is that candidate data can be open and there is more structure to it and the primary purpose of the site is getting a job rather than business networking.
Using a platform is not nearly so 'go-getter' as building your own web property and making a gutsy proclamation of your own value. Using a platform is relatively conformist. By using a mechanism that takes some of the difficulty and creativity out of building and distributing a reverse app - you're really defeating its purpose.
The only way I'd hire this guy is if it was a parody. As a parody, it's pretty good, but as an actual reverse resume it just seems really weird. I'm sure he'll get a bunch of offers from other companies besides Google. I just don't see this type of stuff fitting in with Google's personality.
My understanding (from what I've read on HN, and similar sites) - getting a Google interview isn't too hard. A PhD helps, a stunt like this helps, but you really just need to convince them that you might be useful.
Getting through Google's possibly broken interview system is the difficult part.
Still, this looks like more fun than writing a traditional resume.
Yeah what was running through my mind when watching was why Google? Why not something a bit more challenging? I read that they are hiring 6,000 people this year. Why not start a startup instead, and try and get into a great incubator program?
I'm getting a 503 error. I would hope Google would hire people that can keep a site online.
I know, usually it would be very mean. But given the purpose of this site, for it not to be able to withstand the "HN effect" (is there a term for this? Penny Arcade have "wanged", which is my personal favourite) seems like a fairly gross oversight.
Not gonna judge his skills or resume. But, I'm sure that he'll get a call from Google. Only very few guys can do anything like this. What if Google rejects? Will any other employer be able to work with him then?