12.3.18

#Discussion: Leveraging Your Blog On Your Resume

I know a lot of my readers are in the working world or in college and university so I am going to give you some pointers as to how to discuss things you do on a day-to-day basis on your resume. A little background: I am a designated Human Resources professional and worked as a recruiter for a year so I know about what people look for when they are reading resumes. So here are some easy ways to fix up your resume and use your developing skills to stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Some general resume tips:

  • Resumes shouldn’t be more than 2 pages
  • Use the job title you were given at the job so that if people call to verify, it matches records
  • Bullet points under the job title should be action sentences, i.e. “Planned, developed, implemented, and evaluated human resources strategies” (that’s taken from my resume)
  • If in doubt, Google job descriptions for your job title and tailor those to your position

So how does blogging fit in?

I’m sure you’re nervous to put your blog on your resume (I was!) but it is practical experience and adds so much value to what you can bring to the table. Here are some things to think about and consider:
  • You are a social media strategist and marketer: You develop communication plans and execute them across a multitude of social media platforms.
  • You know the analytics side too: You engage your audience and use analytics to determine what posts bring in new readers and the amount of people that stay loyal to your brand.
  • You participate in B2B (business to business) communication: You communicate with publishers and publicists about promotion and business opportunities.
  • You participate in B2C marketing: You use your social media accounts to conduct business between your blog and consumers (your audience).
  • You are a graphic designer (or at least starting out as one!): You know how to create aesthetic designs, graphics, and other promotional graphics maybe using Adobe Photoshop or Canva.

And this is just the beginning!

Do you run a special feature? Do you run more than one blog? Do you contribute to another blog? Highlight these features and more on your resume.


Want some help with your resume?

Feel free to reach out to me via email jkramer@booksandladders.ca and I will edit it for you (and if you wanted to drop me a ko-fi for my troubles, I’d appreciate it!).

3 comments:

  1. Hah! This is so helpful. It never really occurred to me before that our blogs/blogging duties can make a resume snazzy.

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  2. Oh wow, thank you so much. I've been blogging for so long that it would be amazing to actually use it and my skills on the blog. I'm currently looking for a full-time job so I will have to update my resume and add the blog!! :) I might be emailing you too.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  3. Hello!
    This is an interesting post :) I never thought about putting my blog on my resume, however you are right that there are so many soft skills that we are learning as we are blogging. Thank you for the tips!
    Sophie
    https://sophiexli.wordpress.com

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