Sunday, 28 August 2016

Why I Include My Blog On My CV

 Blogging is something that I've had on my CV ever since I started Suitcase and Sandals back in 2014. I've seen a bit of debate about this on twitter on occasion, and as I feel quite strongly about me personally including my blog on my CV, I thought that there was no better way to included my views about it than to write a blog post.

Unrelated, but very pretty picture!

The job market is always changing, and getting more and more competitive as the years go by. Standing out is becoming harder, and keeping your CV up to date is getting increasingly important. I always update mine even though I am in a good and stable job. It is the best way to showcase what you have to offer. I'm absolutely not an expert in this but I do think including your blog on your CV makes you stand out for a number of different reasons.

If you include your blog as an interest, it shows that you do something with your spare time. My other hobbies - such as reading - can be viewed as pretty generic answers. I've always tried to find something to included on my CV that makes me stand out, and including blogging as an interest is certainly something different to add to your interest section on your CV.

However, I actually included my blog as experience too. There are a number of reasons why I do this.
  • Writing is a skill that is hugely transferable. It is useful in many different fields: whether you are preparing a report for your boss, or simply writing an email to a colleague. If you have good grammar, and an excellent way with words, this will be very appealing.
  • Time management is a HUGE part of blogging. It is something you can include on your CV and then provide more information on during an interview or discussion with your employer. 
  • In 2016, being competent in social media is a huge draw for employers. If you know a little bit about SEO, and how to run social media accounts, it is likely to look very good. You can help the company keep up with modern technologies!
I definitely thinking having my blog on my CV has generated good and interesting conversation within the sphere of the working world. It makes me even more determined to keep my little blog alive because not only do I love it, it's beneficial for my career too. Even if it doesn't get you the job, in my opinion it definitely shows that you are a hard worker, and that you do something interesting in your free time!

Do you include your blog on your CV? Why/Why Not?

6 comments:

  1. I have recently put it on my cv to as its a big hobby of mine and takes up a lot of my time, it something that is part of me so it seems silly not to include it


    http://www.oliviamulhearn.co.uk

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    1. I completely agree - I think it's important to reflect who you are on your CV and including your blog is the perfect way to do so! xx

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  2. I also always include my blog in my CV. I had proof that it was useful when writing my end of internship report, I saw my blog link on my boss's desktop! :D

    Assia www.assiashahin.com

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    1. Wow! That's amazing - you must have felt really proud to see that; how cool! That would have given me such a boost, and like you say it's such good proof to show how useful it is to include your blog on your CV! XXX

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  3. Totally agreed!! I honestly don't see why people wouldn't want to include it... I mean, if you've worked hard and are proud of it then why not? Perhaps people don't like too because it's too personal?

    I also think the great thing about making your blog so public, especially in a professional sense, is that it holds you accountable for your blog's content and social media presence. As in, if you make it such a public entity, then you'll have a reason to keep everything work-appropriate and positive. It's like having your own little writing portfolio for the world to see!

    xx Leda

    littlegirlbiggerworld.blogspot.com

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    1. I completely agree - it is personal, but like you say, you know people are likely to find your blog, so therefore you keep it clean and professional like you should any social media site which is probably even more easy to find by employers! Thank you for stopping by xxx

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