It is no secret for many of you, I listen to the Nowhere Man’s podcasts, to which I was introduced by a friend a while ago. For this reason, his feed is included in my iTunes Podcast section, a privilege shared by only a few very select shows — the others go into my aggregator or, worse, bookmarks, for these increasingly rare moments I have time lying around.
Today, I noticed a new episode had been downloaded and double-clicked on the line, only for it to open Preview and display Chris’ resume! Pausing a few seconds to look around, I noticed that, indeed, iTunes had displayed the little booklet icon next to that line, indicating the enclosure for that “podcast” was a document and not a sound or video file.
It appears Chris is looking for a job and simply used iTunes to post his resume. Technically simple, so simple even I wouldn’t have given it a second thought had I been introduced to that possibility through the lens of theory but, in practice, it suddenly seemed like a great system. How could one otherwise push one’s resume to dozens of readers, without SPAMming them — downloading a short PDF is barely noticeable when one has set aside resources to download a podcast and only becomes visible when one clicks on it.
As long as that method doesn’t get abused — RSS feeds are a great SPAM and virus distribution vector, even though this hasn’t been talked about too much yet —, CVCasting may indeed be the future of job search and information distribution.
PS: Before anyone asks, I am not linked to the Nowhere Man in any way, apart from being a regular reader of his publications.