Google Wave CVs?

My personal description of Google Wave: A bit like Facebook messaging in that you can follow the conversation from the top down and embed photos, videos and links. The difference is that it’s in real-time and you can also attach documents, gadgets, maps and so on. You can also add and remove people from the wave as it goes along, make it public or private, and people can contribute and edit as they see fit.

Clearly it’s a lot more advanced than that, but you get the idea! If you’re not on Wave* or don’t know much about it and would like the official spiel then you can find it here.

So anyway, I’ve been lucky enough to score an invite thanks to @MikeOwcarz and have been messing about with it for about a month now. So far I’ve found it all a bit overrated: I can totally see the collaborative benefits, but for me personally it serves no real purpose at this moment in time. In fact, I can’t say that I’ve really used it for anything more than instant messaging until the other day when I thought I’d have a look at some of the public waves. This was inspired by a tweet by @andyheadworth explaining the joys of public searches. To do a public search, type “with:public” and your search term in the Google Wave search bar and see what comes up. I, for one, hadn’t even realised that public waves existed so I had a rather excited half hour seeing what I could find!

Well in all honestly there wasn’t an awful lot of public waves that I could be bothered to follow (lets be fair though; this is a new tool still in Preview stage), but I did see a rather inspired use of a wave as a CV. I’m not going to try and link to it because a) I don’t know if it’s possible, b) anyone without Wave won’t be able to see it and c) well, there isn’t a c) but everyone knows a good argument should have at least three points to it. Anyway, it’s called “CV: Scott Bradley” for those who want to search and have a look. It’s not amazing, but it did get me thinking about how well Wave could be used as a tool in this respect.

I think dear old Scott has used his wave quite nicely on the whole. He’s attached his CV, written a nice little paragraph about his situation and has embedded a location map. The bit I don’t understand is that he’s then also copied and pasted his CV into the body of the wave which surely defeats the object, but there you go! Scott got me thinking though; this could be a great tool for job seekers when (if?) it goes more mainstream. Depending on your career, you could make a whole online portfolio with video, work samples and links to your websites and/or social media pages. People could provide feedback, ask questions and get in touch quickly and easily. I appreciate you can probably do this on a website with a bit of IT know-how, but this is a very useable and accessible format for those not in the know and, as one of Google’s little gems, it will surely be beautifully searchable!

Now I’m not overly technically minded so it’s possible I’m being totally obtuse here. Perhaps putting your details on a public wave opens you up to all sorts of ID or intelligence theft, or maybe it opens you up to abusive remarks and other such horrors, but it’s a nice idea and I take my hat off to Scott for being one of the first people (that I can find, anyway) to use it in such a creative way.

Public CVs and portfolios might not be for every person or profession but it did make me think about where the future of CVs could be headed.


Note: If you want to make one of your waves public then you need to include as a participant. This is easier said than done because when you type in the email address Wave tells you there’s no account for this email address. Instead, you have to go to ‘Manage Contacts’ and add a new contact from there. ‘Public’ will then appear in your contacts and you can add it from there.

* I still have a couple of spare Google Wave invites so, if you haven’t been able to get one yet, talk to me on Twitter and I’ll happily oblige on a first come, first served basis.


10 Responses to “Google Wave CVs?”

  1. 1 Justin Hillier December 3, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Interesting concept, just wonder though. As google wave allows you to reply to any particular point in a document or message, whats going to stop someone from editing his CV completely and making him look like a fool. Is it secure? And if not then why would you want to make it public?

    • 2 Wendy December 3, 2009 at 9:22 pm

      You may be right… perhaps it would need to be made private with only appropriate people given access if it were to work(?) I’m going to have a play on it now, but can you physically edit another persons document and re-save it as if it were the original with no record of it showing? Lots of questions still to check out… Maybe I should try editing Scott’s CV and see what happens… 😉 [JOKE!]

  2. 3 WP Strauss December 3, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Hi Wendy,

    Although Wave is still finding its feet, I think it has real potential to be useful to recruiters and clients. Here is just 2 ideas I have been playing around with;

    HR could use to post jobs to recruiters, recruiter gets notified immediately and continues to create live discussion to clarify points on the job description.

    By creating public Wave with the right tags, recruiters could be available to answer candidate questions in real time of and accept CV’s by drag and drop. With the call function widget (From 6Rounds) you could have up to 6 people on live video chat resulting in mini interview to see who is the stand out candidates by asking questions and creating debate amongst participants. You could also include the hiring manager here to observe and make a quick call who he would like to see for interviews.

    I think Wave has loads of potential and its the real time collaboration that appeals to me. There is more to this platform than just posting CV’s, its that live interaction and space it creates for candidates, recruiters and clients to all participate.

    Groete, WP Strauss

    • 4 Wendy December 6, 2009 at 11:11 am

      Thanks for your comments!

      I think you’re right; Wave has a lot of potential for recruitment, but until it goes more mainstream I don’t think we will see it. I think you have a much stronger understanding of it’s capabilities than I have and it will be really interesting to see how it evolves over time.

      Thanks again!


  3. 5 Akiki December 3, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    It’s buried at the end of your blog, and it’s a great tip on how to make your wave public. Thank you. Now how do you search public waves?

    • 6 Wendy December 3, 2009 at 8:02 pm

      Ooops, sorry! I hid it at the end by mistake! 😉

      So to do the search, log into the main page of Wave (your inbox) and then at the top of the list of waves there’s the button for “New Wave” and next to it a search bar which says in:inbox. Change in:inbox to with:public and then type your search term. So I did “with:public CV”. If that’s still no help then let me know and I’ll do a screen dump.


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