Should You Put Your Blog On Your CV?

Friday, 21 August 2015
I'm only 18 but I'm currently on my third job. I don't want to blow my own trumpet but I'm pretty good at getting hired. I started working when I was 15 with a weekend job in a local aquairum/aquatic pet shop. After two years I left that job when I moved to Edinburgh and started working in McDonald's. I can't pretend that I enjoyed working at McDonald's. It was a very stressful job and my measly £4.65 an hour didn't quite cut it. So in December I quit my job and started working at a pharmacy in January. I've been working in that pharmacy for almost 9 months now and I've been internally promoted to a dispensing position! So that's my job history! I think I have been very lucky but I also think that I write a pretty a pretty good CV. I've been asked to write a blog post about job vacancies with City Calling and so today I'm going to be talking about your CV. I think whether you're applying for part time jobs or your dream job that you should be keeping your CV fresh, professional and clear. But what about your blog?

Should you put your blog on you CV? It's something that I think all bloggers should consider. I've always had my blog on my CV and I think that it has given me something to talk about in interviews that is very unique. Blogging has given me lots of transferable skills and shows that I am very determined and will stick with something. It may not be the most common hobby but that doesn't mean that it isn't still valid! I have my blog mentioned under my hobbies and interests section on my CV. I also have the URL on my blog underneath my email address at the top of my CV. I've found it to be really helpful but I know that there are a lot of pros and cons to including your blog onyour CV so that's what I'm going to be discussing in this post!

  • It shows lots of skills that an employer may be looking for. Writing skills, creativity,  social media skills, initiative, commitment, planning, organisation etc.
  • It's something unique! The majority of applicants will have similar qualifications/experience but I can guarantee that not every applicant for a job will have a blog.
  • If you've worked with companies before then it is kind of like experience with sales. When a company sends you a product for review and you write a positive review then it is essentially a sales pitch. So if you're applying for some sort of retail job then this is perfect!
  • If you're applying for a job in fashion then you can say that you follow new and upcoming fashion blogs to keep up with the latest trends. It sounds pretty fancy!
  • All your new colleagues will probably know about your blog already if you get the job. Then you don't have to go around with the whole 'so I write this blog' conversation which, lets face it, is always awkward. I didn't actually mention my blog on the cv I handed into the pharmacy as it's a job that requires a lot of confidentially so I didn't think 'I put a ridiculous amount of my life on the internet' stood very well for that job. But everyone found out about it last month and it was weird. They all think it's pretty cool(I think).

  • Not everyone will understand your blog. Blogging is a relatively new hobby and if you don't explain it properly it may come across as a bit weird. Especially if your prospective new boss is of the older generation or doesn't spend a lot of time online.
  • Your blog probably directly links to you social media. Meaning that potential employers can very easily have a look at your Twitter and Instagram. Make sure that you keep it down on any swearing, moaning and do not complain about your current job or coworkers. That's a good guideline to stick to, blog or no blog, but showing a potential employer your blog is almost like inviting them to check out your social media!
  • Everyone at your new job will know about it. If you're someone who's quite private about their blog and doesn't discuss it with your family and friends then it may be quite difficult for you to talk about it. I'm very open with my blog as I've found that generally people find it quite cool! 
What do you  guys think?

It seems like pretty much everyone sees your blog as a really positive thing to put on your CV. Although I would make sure that you are prepared to talk about it during an interview. You will most likely be asked about it so you need to be confident enough to talk about your blog is the way that makes it sound really good an interesting!

What do you think? Do you have your blog on your CV? If not would you ever consider it?

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