14 Ways a Blog Will Help You Get a Job

keyboardNot everyone should start a blog…you should only start one if you are ready to commit to it and you have something to contribute.

If you think you can do that, then starting a blog is one of the most valuable tools you can utilize to get a job.

Starting a blog shows…

  1. your commitment to your field.
  2. your writing skills.
  3. your communication skills.
  4. your knowledge in your field.
  5. you… on search engines.
  6. how you deal with criticism and feedback.
  7. that you’re always thinking about issues and trends.
  8. your creativity.
  9. your persistence in maintaining the blog.
  10. your ability to bring new ideas to the table.
  11. your ideals and beliefs.
  12. your level of thought leadership in the community.
  13. your network and your ability to network.
  14. your love for what you do.

continue the list in the comments!  How else does having a blog help someone get a job?

25 thoughts on “14 Ways a Blog Will Help You Get a Job

  1. The fact that I share a number with Stuart Foster…. for. the. win.

    I would add that blogging challenges you to think outside the box – and bring up personal challenges that others can learn from.

  2. Great list Spinks. I would say blogs also give you and others the ability to track your thought progress. You can see how your ideas and opinions have matured throughout time.

      1. Good formula for answering responses btw, rephrase and compliment, exclamation points for personality, rinse and repeat until jesus comes back

      1. Kelly Giles (http://tarheelsintransit.wordpress.com/) may have found her job through social media, and I would presume that her blog was some help there. Kelly?

        Also, I believe I read a statistic from CollegeRecruiter.com that, from an employer’s perspective, one of the distinguishing factors between candidates is whether or not the candidate has a blog. But, perhaps Steven Rothberg might comment?

  3. I recently finished grad school and started a blog while I look for a job in PR.

    I’m hoping it will keep me up to date with progress in the field, as well as let potential employers know that at least I’m trying to stay engaged even while I’m jobless.

  4. David,
    Great post. Another thing it shows is what you were doing while not fully employed. Filling that “gap” with self directed learning looks good! The benefits you and others have listed are part of a multi-dimensional cultural gain which is fueling a whole new economy. Cool.

  5. As a blogger, you do show your next boss/company that you are in a seperate category than others going for that same job. It puts you on top of the resume pile.

    As a blogger. you are “out there”, in search engines if they google your name, you most likely have a LinkedIn Profile and are connected to 2nd and 3rd degrees that could be potential partners or customers [assets] for the company, and as you mentioned, are most likely on top of trends and productivity tools.

    As a blogger, you are deeper in the conversation than everyone else. Your new boss/company sees you as someone that can teach the rest of the company something. Maybe they need help with a business concept or business flow… hopefully you have written something about it and that is what caught their eye.

    The relationships that you have built also give you the power to ask questions, debate answers, and allow you to think “outside the box” from the added value from 3rd parties (as added by Lauren Fernandez above).

    Dave – Do you necessarily think one needs a “blog” to help get a job? What about a solid microblogging account? You can still become a thought leader, build relationships, think outside the box, stay on top of trends, participate in conversation, and add value to others blogs via comments (whether you disagree or not).

    1. Great points here Matt. I don’t think someone “needs” a blog. It’s certainly not for everyone. If you start a blog when you’re not really committed or capable of keeping it updated with valuable content, it can actually hurt your chances of getting a job as it will make you look bad.

      I do think if you’re able to, it adds a great deal of advantages.

      Microblogging is great and possibly one of the greatest networking tools…I don’t think you’re able to really convey your knowledge and value to the same extent as a blog though. If you don’t have a blog, you really should be using microblogging tools to their full potential. If you can start a blog though and do it well, between that and your microblogging, you’re golden.

      1. I really like what Disqus (http://disqus.com) does; stores a repository of all your comments on blog posts (where you are adding value) in your user profile – but not everyone uses this on their blogs.

        I think that is where you can collect your added value to posts around the web. If I had the ability to tie a global account to tie all my comments to, I could create a collection of comments wth ability to be sorted by blog author/Title of blog.

        Thanks Dave

  6. Sorry I’m a little late to the party, but yes, my blog absolutely did help me land my job! I’m a social media strategist for a company that makes career management software. I blogged (and tweeted) about Web 2.0 personal branding and job-searching strategies. Now I blog and tweet on behalf of my company about those same topics. I also help our clients (mainly career centers, with some libraries and outplacement firms sprinkled in) craft their own social media strategies, as well as connect them with helpful Web 2.0 resources. There is almost a 1 to 1 correspondence between my blog topic and the job I have now. That’s no coincidence 🙂

    Thanks, Grace, for thinking of me!

  7. Blogging about career-related issues can be a powerful asset when you are job searching and even when you are not. Smart employers hire stars and stars tend to be thought leaders. It is very difficult to blog day-after-day about career-related issues without being thoughtful.

    For years, we have explicitly included in our hiring preferences that candidates like to use technology, including social media. Everything else being about equal, I will hire the blogger over the non-blogger every time.

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