hResume plugin now available

Alex Muse et al have announced the availability of the hResume plugin for WordPress. This plugin will essentially allow you to publish your resume on your own blog using semantic microformatted content so that search engines (like Technorati and eventually other sites like Emurse) can index and offer your resume as a result.

Why is this better than going to and others? Well, for one thing, you’re always in charge of your data, so instead of having to fill out forms on 40,000 different sites, you maintain your resume on your site and you update it once and then ping others to let them know that you’ve updated your resume. And, when people discover your resume, they come to you in a context that represents you and lets you stand out rather than blending into a sea of homogeneous-looking documents.

Finally, you’re free to share as much (or as little as you like) and if the data doesn’t fit in their predefined templates, you’ve got nothing to worry about because you’re in total control of your employed (or unemployed) destiny!

On the flip side, Emurse already outputs hResume so if you do want to use an external service to publish your resume (maybe you still don’t have a blog… heh) you feel free to do so. And yeah, it’ll look pretty darn good too.

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: (YC W18), Uber, Google.

27 thoughts on “hResume plugin now available”

  1. We are making a list of updates needed. Here is what we have so far:

    1. Country field for hCard.
    2. Better CSS for the resume output (I am told, “it don’t look pretty” and I agree)

    Just put you comments on the hResume blog: and we will incorporate them. This is just phase one of the project. Phase two is to refactor the QwikPing server to access hResume pings. Phase three is to launch the job site. Of course this is a side project (very much on the side) so it will happen when it happens. Lots of people have helped including Brian Oberkirch, Chris Messina, Ryan King, Eric Davis, Fred Tubale and Alex Leverington (if I missed anyone please let me know).

  2. This is brilliant! I love that microformats are powering this quick a shift in data-ownership.

    By enabling people to post content to their own sites in a machine AND human readable way, we’re creating a whole new ecosystem for software services that use that data. At the same time, we’re giving users freedom to take their data anywhere they like, and to control how much (and how little) they’re putting out there.

    I love it.

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  4. Does this mean that eventually coding standards will prevail at some point?
    I mean, it would be nice if everyone’s site was coded the same but used different css for differentiation, right?
    Pipe dream? Prolly so.
    Ideal for everyone? certainly not.
    From a design perspective and css updater? wow.

    until then, microformats +1

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  6. Where is the hResume?

    “On the flip side, Emurse already outputs hResume so if you do want to use an external service to publish your resume”

    I did my CV in, but only thing that I got out was some old-school table-HTML!

    Maybe I didn’t look carefully enough, but right at the moment I feel cheated :/

  7. What I want to do on my blog, is every few hours take the oldest post and move it to the
    front of the queue, all automatically. Anyone know if there is a plugin that can do this or
    a simple way to set up another plugin to do this (use my own feed perhaps)?

  8. One very big setback is that doesn’t have spell checker. Make sure you don’t have any typing/spelling misstakes on your resume or otherwise your resume will finish in garbage bin of HR manager.

    Check out for certified resume templates and Europass CV, official format which is used in EU. You can write your resume or CV in English, French and Spanish.


  9. Hay guys,
    I’ve had my ear to the ground regarding CV creation for a while now and was interested to learn of the online hResume generator that has been released.

    I am a designer at heart and would love to be able to include an external CSS / Javascript file with my hResume to make it a bit more pretty / functional.

    Can anyone tell me what is possible (or what will break the hResume microformat) as far as customizing my hResume goes?

    Many thanks

    Jamie McDonnell

  10. This is cool
    I’m from Poland and our resume it’s bigger than anothe CV fro mEurope.
    I think that our it’s harder to do 😉

  11. Ok, I may be “just not getting it” but I can not find this WP plugin… and when I go to I get the WP splash page about WP not being able to access the DB. Can someone please point me in the right direction?

    I would like to use this plugin (or at least check it out.)

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