This got posted to Hacker News. I'm tempted to create an account and join the discussion, but I'm holding off for now because I've already got plenty of time-eating social venues to post on.
I will say that the discussion there is interesting, but people seem to be overlooking my primary motivation in wanting this to happen, i.e. not having to frickin' manually enter my entire frickin' job-history every time I apply for a job on a new venue.
Yes, the job-hunting process is dehumanized and yes I suppose you could argue that greasing the process would just encourage that -- but it would make it easier for the job-seeker, whereas so far most of the greasing has been strictly for the benefit of the employers.
In my view, giving job-seekers more control over their data would be a small step towards rehumanizing the process, since we'd have to waste less time feeding the existing machinery and could also put in a lot more information (it's currently Just Not Worth It for me to enter even half my work-history if I have to do it by hand -- so that effectively gets erased).
@woozle sounds like the kind of thing XML was designed for…a DTD that defines the structure and documents that call it before the data appears. I think the question I would ask is, who benefits from the current situation and who would benefit if there was a Resume Markup Language or whatever? Or to out it more cynically, who gets jobs with resumes today?
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