Here at the BlogWorld Expo blog, we often focus on making money with a blog, and we also reference hobby blogging occasionally, but there’s another reason why you may choose to create a blog – to show potential employers. In today’s job market, having an edge when you apply for any open position can help you stand out among thousands of other job-hunters. A resume blog has a different goal than a monetized blog or hobby blog, so if this is something that interests you, here are a few pointers to help you get started:
- Your blog needs focus.
What type of job are you trying to get? That should be your blog’s focus or, in more bloggy terms, your niche. Employers aren’t going to care about your website if all you do is post funny YouTube videos and rant about your bad days. Essentially, you want to avoid creating an online journal if you want your blog to serve as a resume. Instead, think of your blog as a portfolio. If you aren’t applying for writing jobs, that’s ok. It doesn’t have to be a portfolio of your writing work – it should be a portfolio of your knowledge and experience in your industry. Through blog posts, show that you understand your field and are continuously working to improve your skills. For example, if you want an executive chef position, post recipes that you’ve created in your home kitchen or if you want to work as a lawyer, post articles commenting on recent cases in the news.
- Concentrate on your About Me page.
While some potential employers will read your blog, most will skim over the entries on your home page and skip instead to your About Me page. This should be a generalized cover level of sorts, but feel free to be more casual with your About Me page than you would in a cover letter. Don’t forget to post a professional-looking picture or two of yourself. It’s easier to imagine yourself hiring someone when you can see their face.
- Post your one-page resume.
Your entire blog will serve as a resume, but you should have a page specifically called “resume” linked on an easy-to-find place on your homepage. Keep this resume brief and to-the-point, since most employers will have a full resume from you already. Make mention at the top of the page that this is an abbreviated version and a full resume is available upon request. You also likely don’t want to list your references as part of this online resume, since it isn’t necessarily a good idea to post personal contact information for these people online for the world to see.
Do you have a resume blog? Have you ever been hired after sending employers to your resume blog? What tips do you have for job hunters who are thinking about starting their own blogs?