So I am unemployed at the moment after finishing a Christmas Temp job and I am currently looking for a job where I can make use of my degree. Because of this I have spent some time improving my CV and thinking of ways in which blogging has given me skills that are useful in the world of work. CV’s obviously need to be tailored for the job that you are going for and including your blog is not always relevant, but I thought I would list a few general skills that blogging gives you.
#1 Writing Skills This is probably one of the more obvious skills, but having a blog shows that you are able to write! This is especially useful if you want a job in a field such as journalism and allows you to give evidence of your writing style.
#2 Technical Skills The relevance of this depends on what kind of job you are going for and how much you know, but bloggers generally pick up some technical skills along the way. For example I use WordPress, so I now have knowledge about how WordPress works. Other possible skills include using Google Analytics, photography and using HTML.
#3 Marketing Skills Is your blog on social media? Do you promote it? If yes then you have at least a basic level of skill in marketing. Setting up social media accounts, gaining followers and interacting with them can be useful in certain types of jobs and may be worth mentioning on your CV.
#4 Time Management This skill, as well as organisation, is important to pretty much any job and your blog can be evidence of this. If you can write posts several times a week as well as maintaining a job then you definitely have good time management!
#5 Creativity This can be a difficult skill to demonstrate and a blog is a good way to give evidence of your creativity. Everything from photography to your blog design and writing can show this skill.
Overall I think blogging teaches you some great skills and some are very useful to different types of work. I would, however, be cautious, especially if your blog is not relevant to the job you are applying for or if your blog looks at all unprofessional. Do you agree with the skills I have listed? Would you put your blog on your CV?
I have also written a post on what I have learnt since I started blogging, if you want to check it out here.