Admit it. Since you started blogging you’ve defo thought about how great it would be to be a full-time blogger right?
Me too – tbh I can’t think of anything better to call ‘work’ than writing about my life from the comfort of my own home. Surrounded by snacks and blankets too, obvs.
Anyway, back to reality. Keeping up a blog alongside a full-time job can be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating. But it’s easy to forget that actually the skills involved in blogging are actually really desirable to employers.
Aside from Google Analytics, SEO and the knowledge of a CMS (content management system), which I really hope anybody in or looking for communications/digital marketing/social media roles already has on their CV (hint: if you don’t what r u doing), there are loads of other skills involved with blogging that can make your CV all shiny and impressive in almost any sort of industry. Longest sentence ever aaaand breathe.
So, here are five ways blogging can improve your CV, no matter what industry you work in.
Writing is a universal skill used in almost every job. While everyone can write, not everyone is good at it (this is something I’ve learnt since working – and I’ve learnt a lot). In most jobs, you’ll be writing emails and the first contact with your new boss will probably be written.
Impressing them with your gr8 writing skills you’ve developed through blogging is a sure-fire way to impress from the get go.
2. Time management
I don’t know a lot of people with hobbies outside of work who have to manage their time as much as bloggers.
Finding time to go to work, write multiple blog posts a week, set up scheduled tweets on Twitter, take pictures in the 0.5 hours a day the lighting is actually good, comment on blogs, make dinner, and actually have a bit of a life is hard work, and takes great time management skills to keep these things going.
This is such an important skill to have on your CV. Your boss needs to know that when times get stressful you’re going to have it all mapped out and under control.
To start a blog is one thing, but to keep a blog up and running for a long period of time, creating engaging content and growing your following takes a lot of planning and organisation.
There’s a lot of thinking ahead in blogging – what content you’re planning to write and schedule for the upcoming weeks and months, as well as thinking about what pictures you’re going to take and having them taken and ready to go in time for when you want to post.
Likewise in the workplace, it really helps to be one step ahead and organise your tasks for the day, week and month.
Essentially, your blog is kind of like a mini business. With just you as the only employee. Aside from being the writer, you’re also the editor, proofreader, photographer, social media person, marketing person, data analyst, and whatever else.
If you’re going for a writing- based job and you can take great pictures too, that puts you a step above the other candidates and looks really impressive.
I dunno about you, but most nights when I get in from work (ie sitting looking at a screen all day), the last thing I want to be doing is…. sitting looking at a screen all evening. Plus, the thought of even trying to think of something remotely interesting to read seems like a near-on impossible task after a hard slog at work.
Despite the constant battle with your inner negative side telling you no-one reads your blog anyway, you keep going – which is the kind of thing that employers really value.
So ppl, next time you’re feeling in a bit of a slump about your blog, remember all these great skills that you use every single day just by keeping your blog going. And, if and when you come to look for a job, remember that your blog is a more valuable tool than you think.