Blog… gone are the days when people think that blogging is only for those who do not have anything to do but write their thoughts.
Honestly, blogging has extremely gone to a whole new level to be respected by almost everyone.
This is the main reason that almost everyone is blogging --- from moms sharing their child’s first word to world leaders who want to send a message to their country.
So what’s blogging got to do with you when all you want to do is to get a new job? Let’s just say, it is your stepping stone to land you to your dream job! Yes, you read that right. Blogging can be a tool for recruiters to say, ‘you’re hired’ faster than the time you finish describing your self in an interview!
Of course, that’s too exaggerated but this is the crux of the matter: if you want to have an edge over other job applicants, you should be blogging. Still not convinced? Here are seven reasons why you should blog to get your next job.
7. Blogs can build you a network
When you have blogs online, you get connected with other people who are blogging or who are actively using the internet. Through comments and follow-up blogs, you can engage your readers and eventually create a network. When looking for a job, connection is very important. Who knows you will meet someone in the internet that can give you a new job offer? That will be very exciting and something to be talked about.
6. Blogging tells who you are
No matter what you write about, it will speak volumes about you. Obviously, those who are keen to blog will be writers. If you are a writer who wants to be hired by an employer, you can simply display your writing prowess and dexterity through your blogs. But if writing is not your profession, it does not give you an excuse not to blog. For example, if you are in the medical profession, you can still write about the latest biological breakthroughs or anything about the medical field. Constantly writing blogs about this topic will surely increase your chance to be noticed by your next recruiter.
5. Blogging increases your professionalism
If you have been writing about your career, you will be perceived as someone who is up-to-date and an expert. This means that your employers see you as more of an asset rather than a liability. You can easily convince them with good credibility that you are the right person for the job and that you can contribute to the company’s growth and success.
4. Blogs can develop you intellectually, emotionally, and socially
Writing will keep those neurons working and keep you mentally sharp and active. Rather than mindlessly scanning the TV channels, it is better to spend your time in a more productive way. In addition to this, blogging can give you an outlet to express your emotion constructively and positively. Though you might not notice it yet, when you blog, it gives you the opportunity to interact with people who have different background and personality. In short, blogging can help you to be a well-rounded person which is the number one strength employers are looking for in a job applicant.
3. Blogs give you positive online image
As part of the recruitment process, most hiring managers will now look at who you are online. Hopefully, when you type in your name in a search engine, they will see the positive side of you as you are trying to amaze them with your best foot forward. This is where the importance of blogging comes in. When you have done your homework, your employers will first find your blogs rather than the unflattering pictures of yours tagged in Facebook. By now, you should have blogs that will inspire your potential bosses to immediately hire you.
2. Blogs show your competency
Blogs are translated thoughts and ideas. When an employer read your blog, they can gauge your ability and determine whether you are fit for the job or not. When they can see that your blogs are professionally written without or with just little grammar and syntax errors, they can be impressed with your cognitive abilities. In addition to this, it will be helpful if your topics are related to the job you are applying. This way, your employer can see how much you know about the nature of your profession.
1. Blogging makes your resume more interesting
We’ve all been there; waiting in the lobby together with other applicants until our name is called. While waiting, you might have noticed that everyone has a resume! So what do you think will make your resume better than others? Blogging is one of the answers. If you have a website, you can simply add its URL in your resume and let your blog website do the talking for you. As your employer read your blogs, suddenly, you just stood out from the crowd. Sound great right? This is the power of blogging!
Now that you read the top 7 reasons blogging can help you land your next job, it is really not a surprise to found successful employees who have their own blogging sites. If you want to be successful, you must be willing to do what the successful people do.
I hope this article inspired you to start flexing the ‘muscles’ of your brain to start blogging. You should be realistic though. Blogging is not for everyone. It is for those who have the heart and passion to write. Thus, there are less people who really do blogging. This is good news for you. Having your own blogging website will lessen the competition when it comes to applying for a job.
That’s it! Learn more about blogging and see where it can take you. If you have ideas other than the aforementioned points, please feel free to leave a comment.