Here is a cool blog post contest. Post a blog (anywhere) with an estimate of the number of resumes on the Internet and win a ticket to #TRUsource in Atlanta.
We are looking for resumes on the open ("surface") we that are Google-able. Profiles and bios don't count.
Please email Geoff Webb with a reference to your post. The deadline is next Friday, June 18th 2010. The winner will be chosen by Geoff Webb, Glen Cathey, Chris Havrilla, Jim Stroud, and myself.
What we are looking for in the contest is suggesting some sort of a proof or a method or a thought process to help count resumes along with a number. It's OK to quote authorities (like "Jim Stroud said...") but we encourage participants to suggest some other evidence :)
Please feel free to post an answer or a link to your answer as a reply here.
As of June 16, 2010-
trying to do this methodically and there are various options I have not tried but starting with
intitle:resume (and variations thereof like CV, curriculum vitae) and adding -sample and then -~job to clear out junk (to some extent, it will not be perfect) I arrive at about 10.9 - 15 million resumes. Trying to work it further and stuck with Google's "We're sorry...your computer or network may be sending automated queries" message.But basically one should run several iterations of string above and also use
inurl:resume (and variations thereof like CV, curriculum vitae) with similar add ons to remove junk as well filetype:pdf | doc | rtf | docx to generate more results. Then there are those resumes posted on homepages via ISPs that may not necessarily have the word resume or CV in the title or url. There will be some duplication in all of this, no doubt, but we are aiming for a ballpark #.
Thought process - I feel 10-15 million is a bit low considering the world's population (6.8 billion in 2009). A subset of this population is those that have computers (~1 billion)and overlapped with that is a section of the population that does not own but uses the internet (library etc - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet >>As of 2009, an estimated quarter of Earth's population uses the services of the Internet.) which is 1.7 billion. So let's make an educated guess that 2 billion people have computers OR use internet in the world. Then the final subset of that would be those that have actually posted their resumes on the web via homepages/personal pages etc. since not everyone having/using a computer posts resume online. And that is the number we are all pondering over. I say between 10% to 20% of this final pool of approx 2 billion users posts their resumes so that brings us to between 200 to 400 million resumes online that are searchable via search engines and deep web searching. Man that sounds like a heck of a pool to go cybersleuthing in! :-)