JSON Resume

Posted: 2014-07-07 17:20:41 by Alasdair Keyes

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Viewing Hacker News today, I saw a new project called JSON Resume.

JSON Resume is community driven open source initiative to create a JSON based standard for résumés. This is something I'd never thought about before, but is something that is in drastic need of standardisation.

Before the days of online recruitment and Digital CVs, a non-standard CV was a good thing. It let you stand out from the crown in a big pile of paper, drawing the eye of the recruiter.

Nowdays the opposite is almost true, you want your CV online and searchable by the largest amount of people, a complex or fancy CV might do you more harm than good. Many agencies will auto convert Word Document or PDF files into text that they can send out to prospective employers, but this would be even better if there were an overall standard format that could be used for everyone and easily searchable by recruiters and employers.

It has the benefit that the style can be separated from the content. Similar to the idea of CSS and HTML.

The project is in it's infancy and the specification is still a work in progress and will most definitely change in the near future, but I think it's worth supporting. To that end, please see my CV in JSON format


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