Blogging can provide for a platform for you to materialize your thoughts. It can push you to into a world of self-discovery. It can help you build your reputation, increase your expertise, and give you a place to visually showcase your knowledge. But if you’re searching for a job, you might be reluctant to add your blog on your resume. Having your blog listed on your resume won’t always be the best idea for everybody in every field. But since I’ve done this myself in a way that was beneficial to my circumstance – I wanted to share my recommendations on how to add your blog to your resume.
YES. You can consider adding your blog to your resume if it’s related to the industry you are pursuing (vs. a personal blog about your life). For example, I am in the marketing industry and my blog focuses on marketing, personal branding and social media. I feel including my blog on my resume makes me a stronger candidate because I can demonstrate my knowledge and expertise in marketing, illustrate my presentation, writing and research skills, and showcase my understanding of social media and SEO tactics.
YES. You can consider adding your blog to your resume if you feel the overall presentation, formatting and theme is professional. If you’ve been blogging for a month and you have two posts up with no logo and no followers, don’t bother. If you’ve been blogging for five years, consistently post three times a week on industry-related topics (and not party selfies), have a decent following and have developed a brand around your blog, it might not be a bad idea to add it in.
NO. Do not add your blog to your resume if it has nothing to do with the job you are going for. If you’re going for a job in banking, do not add your fashion and beauty blog to your resume. If you’re going for a job in real estate – do not add your food blog to your resume. If you have a personal blog that purely features pictures of coffee, flowers, outfits, motivational quotes and music videos that you enjoy – do not add your blog to your resume.
If you do decide to add your blog on your resume, I’d recommend putting it in a “hobbies and interests” section near the bottom. After your summary, actual work experience, skills and right before your education – is an ideal place to add your blog.
If you do decide to add your blog on your resume, don’t forget the whole reason you’re adding it is to show your strengths and prove your skills and qualifications as it relates back to the job that you’re going for. As such, you need to list a summary of what your blog is about (again it should relate back to the job and industry you’re going for) as well as all the responsibilities that you manage as a blogger. Below is a snapshot taken from my own resume.
Reading and writing blogs can make you part of a select community of people who trade ideas and can help you build relationships with others that share similar interests. These connections and interactions will open doors, widen your horizons, and have you discovering infinite possibilities. However, when you’re still an employee trying to represent another company, you can’t always intertwine your professional life with your personal life. If you have your own business, blogging is a no-brainer, but as a job searcher, whether or not to add your blog to your resume should be considered with care and should only be executed if it’s done at the highest level.
I’d be interested in hearing more thoughts on this. Leave any comments, feedback or examples from your own experiences in the comments section below.
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