Anyone who is a book blogger (and I’m sure other bloggers too but I can only speak for blog blogging) very quickly learn that you need to be a skilled multi-tasker or you will spend your life flailing around trying to fit it all in. And multi-tasking is a skill required of you in nearly every job. Which got me thinking about whether or not you should put blogging on your cv/resume.
I have seen other bloggers also ponder the same question from time to time so I suppose it’s something crosses most of our minds. I’m not looking for a job right now as I’m happy where I am but you never know what the future will being. When I’m next updating my CV, I will definitely be including my blog on it as a hobby. I may not mention the blog by name as I don’t know if I would be comfortable with that but the fact that I’m a blogger will go on there.
The reasons I think it’s worthwhile is that is shows you have the skill to do something and see it through, you are literate, you are good at organising, you have communication skills, you have networking skills, you can set and meet deadlines. And so on and so on, I’m sure you can add another ten skills off the top of your head to that list.
As so many bloggers are younger than I am and may not have built up a lot of work experience yet, I think this would be a great set of skills to sell yourself with. And even for those with lots of work experience, it is still a hobby that is interesting and will certainly fill in some interview time with a subject you are comfortable and passionate about, if the interviewer chooses to question you on it. Getting me to shut up about it might be the hard thing but I’m sure in an interview I’d manage to restrain myself.
The drawbacks are whether your employer would be afraid you would sneakily work on it at work. No, never! Well, at lunchtime, occasionally. And whether they might check your blog and see something that don’t like. I think my blog is fairly non-controversial so I wouldn’t have any worries about that but it is something to consider. These are issues you have time to think about in advance and work out exactly how you would handle them if they cropped up as a question.
Overall, I feel the pros far outweigh the cons and if I’m job hunting, on to the cv it will go.
Bookish Chat : Would you put book blogging as a hobby on your CV? Do you think it would be seen as a good thing or a bad thing by an employer? Or have you ever brought your blog up in an interview, I’d love to hear how it went.