When to include your blog in your CV (& when not to)

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Applying for a new job can be difficult and super frustrating at the same time. You do want to have the perfect resume, but might not be sure if you should also include your blog in your resume.

Of course, a blog is a lot of work to maintain, and including your blog posts in your resume shows your passion for a certain topic and that you have the skills to run a website. But on the other hand, you might think, that not all blog topics are appropriate or would fit with your preferred line of work.

Now, when should you include your blog in your CV? Personally, I believe there is not just one yes or no answer to this question. But it could depend on your answer to the following three questions:

  • Is your blog related to the job you are applying for?
  • Are you comfortable with your future employer seeing everything that is on your blog?
  • Is your blog visually appealing?
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Is your blog related to the job that you are applying for?

Now with your blog being related, it does not necessarily have to mean that your blog topic needs to be related to the industry of the job you would like to apply for, but of course that is always a plus.

Let’s say you are applying for a job at a Photo studio and your blog is about photography, then obviously include it. That shows your passion for the industry and definitely will give you an advance. You can also show your photography skills and use it as part of your portfolio.

But let’s say you are applying for a job at a marketing agency and your blog is still about photography. Should you still include it? Yes! Because running a blog does not require just an interest in photography, but also you need some marketing skills to be a blogger. You know how to run a website, you know how to write content, and ideally you have some experience ranking in search engines.

If you are applying for a job that is neither related to your blog topic nor includes skills required for the job you want, you can still include your blog. Maybe don’t put too much focus on it and rather include it in the hobby or interest sections. Or just make sure you have enough experiences on your CV that are actually related to your job. It still shows your passion for a certain topic and shows how much work you have invested in your hobby. A blog is hard work!

Are you comfortable with your future employer seeing everything that is on your blog?

If you are sharing pictures of drunken nights out on your blog, that might not always be appropriate for your future employer to see. If you include your blog in your resume, you need to be comfortable with your new boss reading everything that is one there and possibly even ask you questions about it.

Of course, there can be personal information on your blog, but you just need to be okay with the idea that your future employer will know all about it.

And if you can’t say for sure that you are 100% comfortable about that, then rather not include it in your resume. Just to be sure!

Is your blog visually appealing?

Your content can be incredible and absolutely relevant to your line of work, but if your blog looks like a mess or has a domain such as photo896347923.blogspot.com then that might not leave the best first impression behind.

The overall layout of the blog is important. You can have a clean and basic layout, it doesn’t have to be anything special. But make sure it is something that you are proud to show off.

But now that we have covered these questions, here are a couple more about including your blog in your CV that could be relevant for you.

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My Blog is not making money, should I still include it in my CV?

Absolutely! Most blogs do not make any money, and we have still put hours over hours in these websites. It is a lot of work, and you can still tell by looking at the website. If you make money or not can of course be due to your marketing skills, but also can highly depend on the type of content you post and how big your target audience is. And also how you monetise your website.

Imagine you have a blog about celebrating Halloween in Dublin. Really random. Really specific. Most people will search for that sort of topic around October, so you won’t be getting much traffic throughout the year and fewer opportunities to earn money. Doesn’t mean you put less work into your blog than someone who blogs about reviewing Netflix shows.

Does it matter how much time I spend working on my blog?

No, this should not matter at all! Unless it is a completely new blog that is just a couple of weeks old and has no content. Most people have full-time jobs, are studying or otherwise busy and can’t be putting 40-hour work weeks into their blogs. That doesn’t mean they are any less passionate about it! Of course, if you have not updated your blog in two years, then don’t include it. But if you post once a month or once a week shouldn’t really matter. But try to stay consistent either way.

Where should you include your blog?

Now, if you don’t have any previous relevant work experience, then I would just include your blog in the work experience section. That is what I usually did as well. Even if you don’t make money from it, it is still work. Write down all the tasks that you do in running your blog (e.g. Pinterest Marketing, SEO, Affiliate Marketing etc.) but only if it is relevant to the position you are applying for of course.

Especially if you are applying for marketing positions, future employees do like to see your passion for the industry, which you can demonstrate with your blog.

However, if your blog is not particular relevant, or you have enough other work experience, you can include it in your hobby section.

Either way, it will be an interesting topic to talk about during an interview.

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Conclusion

In most cases, it can only be beneficial to include your blog in your CV. But it also really depends on its relevancy to your future job. A blog is a lot of work which you can show to future employers. Hopefully they value the hours of work and energy you have put into your hobby. Let that be related to the job position or not.

Personally, I have included my travel blog in my CV when applying for a job in Marketing, as the job required 2+ years of experience and I only had half a year of relevant work experience at the time. However, I did have about 4 years of experience of blogging which taught me a lot of things about Marketing and also was the reason why I ended up wanting to work in Marketing in the first place. It did work out well in the end and I did get the job!

Did you include your blog in your CV, and what was your experience? Do you think it has given you an advance or actually hurt your chances of getting a job?

Let me know about your experiences in the comments if you’d like.

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