Why Your Blog Needs To Be On Your CV


I recently wrote a post where I spoke about blogging with a full time job, and was blown away with the response. I think it's safe to say it is hard work, but it's nothing a little elbow grease and the old schedule button can't sort out.

I'm aware a lot of people who click on this blog have an interest in digital, social media and marketing and that is why I wrote a little post about stepping foot into a digital marketing career. Once again, I was so happy that so many people found this helpful and there were a few people who didn't even realise blogging could get you into a career such as this.

So, today I thought I would share with you why your blog should be on your CV. From my own personal experience, my blog took me down a path that I didn't even know existed. I studied social science; definitely not a business centred degree and to be honest I had no idea what I wanted to do, I was just going with the flow.

I only started my blog because I wanted to get a little creative in my spare time, I didn't realise you could make money or that it would improve my skills in things I had never even thought about. I have to admit I was awful at first, I look back at some of the posts and think - "what was I thinking" but it's all about learning and improving.

After finally finding my feet, doing a little html, taking more photos, starting conversations on social media - I began to really enjoy creating content and everything that came with it. After being contacted by brands, you start to realise that blogging gives you a chance to make your voice heard and you are actually being noticed... what? why? Because blogging shows a huge range of skills and it's much more than simply posting some text - go figure.

I should probably say before rambling on that this post is directed at those who are wishing to enter roles in areas such as advertising, marketing and journalism. Of course, this is not limited, you should show off your marvellous blog no matter what!

So, why should your blog be on your CV?

We are living in a digital world and I am a digital girl

Madonna reference anyone?

You may have started your blog with no intention of telling your friends and certainly not a future employer. Well, that's all changed now - we live in a digital era, our whole lives revolve around living digitally. We're surrounded by advertisement, social media and subliminal messages 24 hours a day. If you want to work in digital, now is the perfect time to jump right in. There will always be jobs available, in all shapes and sizes, with roles that will allow you to learn and adapt over time. It's forever changing and now employers will look for the candidates who show creativity, skills and make their mark - no matter how small.

From the moment you create a blog and begin creating a template, to drafting your first post and taking photos, you are continually developing your digital skills. The more you practice, the better you will become at organisation, writing and structure. Bossin.

You're organised and time efficient - pass the notebook!

Writing a blog with regular posts shows that you are organised and have good time management. These are the exact qualities many employers will be looking for, and if you have shown this commitment alongside another job then even better! A blog takes a lot more time than many people would first think; the planning, photography, writing, proof reading and editing all takes time - we're talking hours on some occasions...

Where's the damn light?
Why can't a structure a bloody sentence!
*Takes 163 photos* - "I'll try again tomorrow."
The embed IS NOT WORKING.
Time to shoot an outfit post... It's raining.
My laptop has crashed while writing. Brill.

Hours.

You've shown you can work with brands and keep 'em coming back

Time management also comes into working with brands. You have to manage your time effectively to produce content you're proud of and publish it to a date agreed. Conversation and planning with a brand is a great way to show professionalism, alongside showing your strengths in building a great relationship that will last.

You've built an online presence from scratch... nice one

If you apply for a job and the business has a website and social media accounts (come on, who hasn't!) you want to show them you can build a presence online. Your blog is a showcase of quality content that has been shared online and on social media. Numbers doesn't necessarily mean you are successful but it's the conversations and overall brand you are creating that matters most.

You smash that social media strategy game out of the park

Many bloggers are very social online, mainly through Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. As you are probably aware, through scheduling tweets and planning your shared content, you are using a social media strategy to build upon your brand awareness. Success! Especially from an employer's point of view.

You're creative and own it

Running a blog takes a little creativity, and as many of us know, sometimes it can be difficult to come up with ideas. Through dedication of regular posts, new ideas and experimenting with photography, ideas and perhaps other forms of media such as video - this shows you are open minded, eager to try new things and also that you're damn creative, don't let anyone else tell you otherwise!

You are fab at research and analytics

As a blogger you are probably an active reader of other people's blogs, this is a great way to become inspired and find out what works for other people. Use Google Analytics to track your audience's behaviour such as activity or what your most popular posts are. Use your knowledge through statistics to work at building a stronger plan for your future content. Employers who want to hire you will often be looking for someone with some experience in analytics and this is a great way to get your head around it a little.

You're passionate and who doesn't like a bit of that?

For many of us, blogging is a hobby and we do it because creating is fun! Of course, we should only be posting for ourselves but don't forget this is an amazing example of what you can offer - passion and dedication, so why not pop it on your CV?

Let me know your thoughts.

Hannah x

12 comments

  1. Totally agree with you. We do so much and should showcase it on our CV

    Thanks for sharing doll!

    Kisses & Happy Wednesday,
    BLOG | TAISLANY

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  2. Awesome post! I totally agree with what you've mentioned, it's so important to attract employers with millennial skills x

    Jessica — NinetyCo

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  3. I've started including my blog in my CVs and am totally confident with that statement, even though I'm not that "big" yet. It's a great thing to include.

    Thanks for sharing x

    Hugs,
    Hannie from Missing Wanderer

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  4. I always put my blog on my CV, I think it shows my persistence and enthusiasm!! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

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  5. I put my blog on my CV when I went in for an internship and I think it definitely helped them see I have some useful skills. I got a job out of that at a media company so I think it's very useful! x

    Emma | emmaetc.com

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  6. Totally agree with every single word of this! I've got my blog on my CV and while I've just got a bog standard bar job at the minute, it's definitely a talking point during interviews (and after) and I'm always known as that creative one with a blog hahaha. Fab post chick x

    Always, Alice

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  7. This is such an awesome post and so true. Although, I would say that bloggers really need to first consider if there is any extremely controversial topics they cover that could hurt them should a potential company look into it. Will be haring this post on my weekend reads!


    Rae | Love from Berlin

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  8. I never really thought about putting my blog on my cv, mostly because I was worried about what they'd think if they saw it haha - but its a really good idea to, I'll be adding it now!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  9. I put my blog on my resume and it has definitely opened up some opportunities for me. Love the points you made. It shows your employer so much about your work ethic, skill, and personality.

    Fariha | blog.farihawajid.com

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  10. I never thought about putting my blog on my resume, just because it's quite personal, kind of like an online diary. I feel like it would turn companies off more, but you never know. Interesting read xx

    Kyia at WANDERLUSTGIRL// Come read my BLOGMAS posts!
    Let’s be BLOGLOVIN friends!

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  11. Girl I love this post! I started my blog 5 years ago and have been full time blogging for just over a year now! I actually landed my job once I'd graduated BECAUSE of my blog, so completely agree that it should go on your CV! Having a blog showcases so many different skills to future employers!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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  12. So great to read! I have also thought about adding my blog to my CV so it shows that I am well rounded and have something I have made all by myself and am proud of =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

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