Recently I came across an article by Levo on whether or not you should put your blog on your resume. I think the article brings up really excellent points. One thing I definitely agree with is what kind of blog it is and what is on it. For example, if you are applying for an administrative job and you have a dating blog that may not look professional, it may be a good thing to not highlight it on your resume/CV. So, you definitely want to use good judgment when adding your blog to your resume. However, despite this, I think it would be very wise to use blogging on your resume because we do gain a lot of skills from it.
If you’ve been around for one of my favorite posts on why you should tailor your resume, you’d find that you should tailor your resume to match the job description of the posting. The same goes for any experience you’ve acquired from blogging. In this instance, the wording is everything. So, keep this in mind because these tips are specific to the experience section on your resume.
So, here are a few ways to use blogging on your resume!
1. Utilizes photo editing software, such as Photoshop to fine-tune images
If you edit your photos, you should definitely add it to your resume, especially if the job description is looking for someone who has photo editing skills. I know many of us do tweak our images just a little so that they look polished. So, if it makes sense for the particular job, don’t be afraid to add it in!
2. Implemented social media strategies in order to create an Internet presence
I definitely love this one because it’s something we as bloggers do a lot. Social media strategies might sound like you’re fudging it, but it’s definitely a unique was to use blogging on your resume. I know that I’ve tried Pinterest and Instagram strategies to develop a following. In fact, I think many bloggers do! So, I would definitely consider putting something like this on your resume, especially if you’re going for a job that is looking for someone to handle social media.
3. Executes multiple tasks at once by managing various social media accounts
This particular phrase can be interchanged with the last tip. Most of the time a hiring manager is looking for someone that has great organization skills. So, this is a great way to showcase that. Additionally, multi-tasking is something most jobs require and I think it’s safe to say that many of us multi-task a lot with our blogs.
4. Identified and achieved branding and marketing goals to push the website forward
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard about branding in relation to blogs. If you’re a blogger, you know that it’s important to have a certain brand. You want your readers to know what they’re getting every time they come back. At some point when a blogger becomes really serious about their content, I’m sure they definitely look at how to brand and market their blog. So, it’s not a stretch to use wording such as this on your resume.
5. Designed and maintained website by creating logos and implementing coding
This tip relates to web design. If you’re the only person behind your blog, I guarantee that you’ve created your own logo and have done a bit of coding. I’ve definitely had to Google a couple of things to personalize my website to my liking, especially when it comes to the homepage. If you’re applying for a creative job that is looking for something like this, you should definitely use blogging on your resume as an advantage.
6. Analyzes data from website traffic and interpret results
I’ve got a few words for you: Google Analytics and Jetpack Stats. I know a lot of jobs require you to research or interpret results. So, it’s not far off that you can use blogging on your resume here. I’ve applied for a few jobs before that were looking for people who know how to interpret results. So, I would definitely use my blog as experience. If you really pay attention to social media analytics some buzzwords to consider using are digital analytics and measurement, gathering social sentiment, and interpreting data analytics. However, make sure that this is personalized to you and to the job description.
7. Created (or launched) written content for the website via a content management system (CMS)
Now, what’s a content management system (CMS)? Well, one good example that many bloggers use is WordPress. I believe Blogger can be considered a content management system as well, but make sure you research that. Wording it this way conveys a sense of professionalism. If you’re going for an editorial type of position, this is something you should definitely consider putting on your resume. Instead of putting “writing” in the skills section, show the hiring manager how you’ve gained this skill. Remember, it’s better to show than tell.
8. Coordinated with businesses in public relations partnerships
Now, I haven’t worked with a brand as of writing this post. However, I know that many bloggers do. This is a great opportunity to use blogging on your resume, especially if you’re applying to any kind of position that involves teamwork. On top of that, I would definitely consider using wording like this if you are looking for a communications/PR/marketing type of position. Adding this in your experience signifies to the hiring manager that you can work with people and can build relationships.
9. Maximizes time management via a project management system
Finally, time management is so important for many applicants and jobs. Most of the time, you will see in the job descriptions of postings something along the lines of wanting someone with great time management skills. Like mentioned, don’t just put this away in the skills section of your resume. Really try to convey this in your experience.
Now, a project management system is optional. I have started using Trello, which I would consider a project management system, as an editorial calendar. However, whatever you do to manage your time, you should have that in your experience to show the hiring manager what you can do.
So, with these words, make sure to change them around to match your resume and to match the job description of the posting you’re applying for. What you want to do is show your personality here. However, you still want to remain professional. Now that is how you can use blogging on your resume! I hope you enjoyed this post!
Question of the day: How do you use blogging on your resume?
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