Thursday, December 22, 2011

Can blogging help you get a job?

In today's world social media is exerting an influence on almost every aspect of our lives - including job search. From twitter to LinkedIn to blogging, almost every social media tool can be used to further your job search if you use the right strategies.

For example, blogging - which to some people is just a personal writing outlet - can be used to help you connect with professionals and even...*gasp* land a job.

How, you ask?

Well, first of all, blogging helps to increase your visibility and credibility online. If you know a lot about a specific topic/field and blog about it frequently - others will soon begin to notice and "follow" your blog, and may even write comments on your posts!
**Hint: Follow other people's blogs too - if they see you commenting on their posts and/or following their blog, they're likely to check out your page as well!

By blogging you are working to build your personal brand online and reinforce who you are and what you stand for.

Building an online community through blogging helps you connect with other people who have similar interests, work in the field you are interested in, or happen to be recruiting for your position of interest!

You're building your network and enabling yourself to demonstrate your expertise and interest in the field.

-Taken from "Find a Job Through Social Networking: Use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and More to Advance Your Career" (2nd Ed.) by Diane Crompton and Ellen Sautter (2011)
Available in the Resource Centre!!
As you can see, blogging is a great tool, if used correctly, to establish an online presence and add to your job search. You can also add pieces from your blog to your portfolio as examples of your writing and dedication to your work!

So what are you waiting for? Get blogging!
- Lia

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  2. Although a blog is a great tool to express your interests and knowledge, bloggers need to be careful of why and how they say things in their blogs. Saying the wrong things can actually screen you out of a job. Everyone can be misinterpreted even if you have the best intentions. We recently posted a guide http://academy.justjobs.com/will-blogging-get-you-hired/ to help job seekers know what to include in their blogs. I hope it's useful. - Erich

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