Resumes are always tricky. Do you remove unrelated work experience? Do you put a goals section? Should I note “references available upon request” or is that already inferred? One big question I had when I was updating my resume recently was if I should put my resume on my blog or not.
After a little introspection, I decided to go for it. I’m proud of my blog, I’ve shared it with my friends and family and talk about it frequently why should I be afraid to put it on my resume? I’ve learned tons of great skills from my blog that I can easily apply to any job.
How to List your Blog on your Resume
You might be thinking “Well I don’t do anything blog related in my career, so I’m not going to add it.” Neither do I! I work in Continuing Medical Education (CME) as a program coordinator. In layman’s terms, I work to develop educational programs like conferences, webinars, journal-based activities and more to make sure that physicians maintain their education and keep current. How is that related to blogging? Not at all. Here’s how I listed my blog in my resume:
I kept it general enough that any employer can understand what I do. Working with brands, got it. Built network of readers, check. Developed brand, that’s great. Then I sprinkled in some names of processes and programs that I work with, so if your employer is familiar with those programs, they know that you will be competent using them. Edit your resume to fit your field, but start with basics to show that you know what you’re talking about and doing and put in lots of dedicated time and effort to your blog.
Listing Your Blog on LinkedIn
I try to update LinkedIn as much as possible. I just saw a great article interviewing someone who works at LinkedIn, she put it in a great way, “Linkedin is not an online resume! It’s a digital representation of your professional self.” So even though I’ll update my LinkedIn to reflect my resume, I try to change it up a bit.
First of all, I switch everything to present tense to show that I am currently doing all of the above things. LinkedIn also allows you to upload media files to each job. So I added in my media kit because LinkedIn is a great way to reach out to brands. If you haven’t tried it you should!
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Mentioning Your Blog in Interviews
Hands down, every company I interviewed had some questions about my blog. What is it, what do I do with it, how much time it takes in my day, etc. They’re usually curious about something they don’t usually see on resumes and that’s great because you want to stand out in the pool of candidates. Even if they don’t ask you specifically about your blog, you can always find creative ways to tie it into the interview.
I had one interviewer ask me, “How do you describe something complicated to someone who knows nothing about it?” I decided to go for an example of having to explain SEO to my friends or newbie bloggers who are less familiar with it. He actually went into further depth and asked me to explain it to him!
Another example of how you can tie it into typical interview questions are as follows:
Q: Tell me about your greatest strengths.
A: I am a self-starter, I’m very motivated and dedicated to my job. As the sole owner of my website there are always projects that need to be finished and tasks to be done that I can keep on top of because of my constant dedication to tasks put in front of me.
Q: How do you manage multiple deadlines?
A: I work on numerous deadlines that overlap on a regular basis. Managing and maintaining my blog is a perfect example of that because I have learned how to pace myself, prioritize tasks, and keep my blog organized while working a full-time job.
P.S. This last one was actually the exact same response that I gave in an interview!
If you plan to put your blog on your resume, I would definitely practice what you want to say about it and be prepared that companies will look at your blog before or after your interview. So make sure there is nothing that is NSFW. Practice a quick elevator pitch for your blog if you get the general question, “What is your website all about?”
In the end, just remember that you’ve put in lots of hard work and dedication to your blog. Make sure that your passion for it shines through, and hopefully it can be used to your advantage in your resume, LinkedIn, or job interview.
Have you added your blog to your resume? Why or why not?