How to find a job with your blog

Almost two years ago, I wrote a post outlining all of the ways blogging can benefit job-seekers. Since then, I have toured a lot of college campuses and counseled dozens of people who are trying to start a career without really immersing themselves in the social web. They are missing a HUGE opportunity.

Obviously LinkedIn is essential. I happen to believe Twitter is a great way to make connections. I’m even seeing resumes show up as video productions and on Slideshare.

But blogging is often overlooked as an essential element in a job-hunting strategy. I feel so strongly about this and I’m hoping my message will get through to as many job-seekers as possible.

So, with the creative direction of Sarah Mason, I’ve developed an interesting and whimsical little eBook spelling out why every job-seeker needs to blog. I hope you will enjoy this and pass it on to others who are looking for a career change. Let me know what you think about it in the comment section! How to find a job with your blog.

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  • Very cool. Cheers! Kaarina

  • Nicely done, Mark. Love the clean, uncluttered design from Sarah too. Lets your points sink in and speak for themselves. Couldn’t agree with you more about the need for job seekers to blog. It’s also important to keep the momentum going once you’ve landed a gig (something I’ve often struggled with). Thanks for the reminder that I need to get back to blogging regularly in 2014. Happy Holidays. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2014 (in which I hope we get to say hello in person).

  • Love it! I will be passing this along to my kids 🙂

  • Just forwarded this to my Alma Mater’s placement office. (I’ve gotten to know them over the years by serving as a panelist at the annual Career Day.)

  • Great advice and great free eBook, Mark: thanks for sharing it!

    I totally agree with you.

    As an IT high school teacher, I always try to explain to my students about the job opportunities they can reach if they begin to blog about any particular issue related to the IT field.

    But it’s so hard for me to convince them!

    Normally they think “Jorge is a bit crazy with all that blogging and social media stuff”, and they don’t start anything… but yes, maybe they are right about me (not about not blogging).

    But in the middle of all this laziness, from time to time, a student starts his own blog and begins to ask me for advice about blogging and social media, and that’s a moment I enjoy a lot!

    Have a great time during your holidays!

  • Sandra Isaac

    That was very cool, and so…Schaefer-esque. I was going to tweet it anyway, but then I saw the “pay with a tweet!” I had to do that just to see what that was all about. My mind is now going crazy with thoughts and looking to do more research. Thats what I like so much about {grow}…it spurs me to look further, try something new, investigate more, expand my tired brain cells, and think crave more time to digest and get creative! Thank you for that!

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  • Very interesting but there is a grey area…a blog will only get you the job if it´s done right and I´ve seen way too many blogs that probably won´t get you the job just because the execution was that bad. And on the other hand, if you want to get into the industry where blogging is actually looked at as something valuable, chances are your blog is one of a million (which is why slideshare resumes or resumes turned video games exist to separate you from that crowd). But I agree, it´s a great way to establish yourself as an expert, connect with people or even just to develop new skills and get ideas out…

  • Thank you!

  • We need to make that happen!

  • Awesome. Thanks Beth!

  • Hope it helps. Colleges are SO behind the times!

  • Keep fighting the good fight Jorge! You are correct to nurture your students that way.

  • I wonder what Schaefer-esque. I guess people know it when they see it : )

  • Good points. To have a great blog, you need to be a great communicator, know how to build a community, know how to engage on the social web. If you suck at those things, you probably would not excel at a community manager job, for example ; )

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  • kelly

    Great post! Just what I am doing right now. Blogging is kind of my inspiration with my newly launched site:

  • dtstanley

    Just pinned this to my class Pinterest page as required reading for #UWLSC432. Love this design and format. I bet the students will too. U rock!

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