Martin Roell in Need an Expert? Ask the Blog-Headhunters!:
I was talking to Lilia Efimova the other day when I was preparing for an interview with a journalist about k-logs. We talked about Weblogs and how they can benefit individuals and organisations. We reflected on Sebastian Paquet getting hired because of his Weblog and about Robert Scoble who got his job at Microsoft because of his blog.
[...] So why don't HR-departments use the blogosphere in a systematic way? Is there a better way of finding clued people? (Yeah, ads in papers and assesment centers, right? You must be joking.) Is there a better way of knowing what someone is up to before you hire him? And you get free marketing too.
Maybe there is a business opportunity for a "Blog-Headhunting"-Agency here: An agency that searches through the blogosphere to find the right bloggers for a vacancy.
"Need an expert? Ask the Blog-Headhunters."
So, when do we start? ;-)
Talking about starting: there are some developments already. Phil Wolff is writing on weblogs and staffing (here too). And there is an announcement of Blossier, service that generates instant, up-to-the-minute dossiers on anyone who blogs [via Roland Tanglao]. I guess this service is fake, but it doens't take much to implement it.
My practical questions would be: Are there enough bloggers looking for a job? Are there enough companies open enough to hire someone who blogs and most likely will continue blogging? After we know answers we can work on a business plan :)
Still: I hope that when I look for my next job (in a few years, I have a whole PhD ahead) my weblog will play a role in it :)
Later: see Phil's answers to my questions - Is the blogosphere a labor market in the making? and one-year-old The Staffing Value of Klogs and don't forget to check the discussion around initial Martin's post