Unless you help people write resumes for a living, can we all agree that resumes aren’t fun? Don’t even get me started on cover letters. As recruiting practices evolve, so do the best practices when it comes to writing resumes. Should you keep it to one page? At what point do you remove your high school activities? There are so many questions! When I started my blog as a sophomore in college that also threw me for a loop. I wasn’t sure if companies would really take my hobby seriously and wondered how it would impact me as a candidate. Over three years later, I’m realizing that there is no right answer to this question. I can’t tell you if you should or shouldn’t put your blog on your resume, but I can share with you why I personally did.
It was applicable to the industry I was interested in.
This is probably the most common reason for people putting their creative hobby/side hustle on their resume. Despite what you may think, there are lots of bloggers who work in industries that are far from creative. When you don’t have a creative day job, sometimes it helps to have that creative outlet for after hours. I’m always working with data in Excel in my day job so blogging helps balance out my creative side :)
I finally decided to add my blog to my resume when I was a junior applying for summer internships. Guess what? I talked about my blog in all of my interviews for it and ended up landing an internship at a retailer’s headquarters in Seattle! My internship was not directly fashion related, however my blog had a lot of transferable skills. Written communications, digital marketing, and project management just to name a few.
After graduation, I actually ended up back in the tech industry. So much of what I do as a blogger can be applied to what I do in my HR role believe it or not. Blogging has taught me amazing time management, refined my communication skills, and so much more. I challenge you to draw connections between your hobbies and your professional life – they might be less than obvious but you can definitely find some.
What you include on your resume should have at least one transferable skill to whatever it is you’re applying to.
Blogging is an extensive portfolio.
The way I see it, your blog is a reflection of your work ethic and skills. Unlike a portfolio website there are usually several elements of a blog: a website, all your social media platforms, and collaborations with companies and clients. It’s doubtful that a future employer will spend tons of time digging into all of these elements however they could.
I’m proud of what I’ve done with my blog so far. From developing my voice to working on some great projects, I feel that my blog is representative of who I am as an employee. I am hard working, always seeking to learn new skills or improve, passionate about supporting others, and so on.
Blogging can be a tangible representation of personal qualities you want to stand out on your resume.
It adds personality to your resume.
When you only get a page or so, you’ll probably fill up the space with your professional and educational background. That leaves little to no room for personal details. As important as your email address, phone number, and location are on your resume that isn’t very telling of you personally. Your email address address is unique, sure, but does it really make you stand out as a candidate? Without taking up much room, a blog or something similar can tell your story for you.
Consider the fact that if you didn’t include your blog on your resume you might not get the chance to talk about it until you got an interview. Well what if you don’t get an interview? I’m not saying the addition would make or break you but sometimes you can’t wait until later to show people who you are. Humans are more complex than statistics or where they went to college or who their last employer was. When you’re given the chance to talk about yourself, why not share a piece of you that can speak volumes? All you have to do is add a few lines to your resume.
Let your creative hobby give your resume some personality.
Your resume is something highly personal and the decision to add your blog to your resume shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, I would say don’t stress about the decision. If you’re worried about a future employer seeing your blog you may need to take a step back and reevaluate your content. It is a tiny bit awkward when people at work start following your blog (been there) but at the end of the day, you should be proud! If it’s on the Internet for everyone to see, it should be fine for an employer to see as well.
I’m not a resume pro but if you do have personal questions and want to chat further, feel free to shoot me an email!