I recently Google searched: “Should I put my blog on my resume?”
I was surprised to find that the majority of people writing about the topic were against the idea. They felt it was an intersection of their personal & professional lives, and that employers “might find something that they don’t like”. But after sitting down and reflecting about how much I’ve learned and grown through way of my blog, I ultimately decided that there’s just no way I could leave it off. This website is my passion project, my brain child. In the short 8 months since I launched it, Navigable World has provided me with the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals that I never would’ve been able to before. It’s allowed me to diversify my skill set, serves as the most wonderful creative outlet, & is holding me accountable. I’m developing my writing voice and becoming more confident in my capabilities. I’ve acquired a basic, working knowledge of web design, content creation, marketing and WordPress, among other things. This blog means so much to me because what started out as nothing more than a creative endeavor has turned into a life-affirming pursuit.
A year ago, hell, maybe even later than that, developing a website wasn’t even a thought in the back of my mind and now, it’s become a part of me. If you would’ve told me back then that I’d have a travel blog that would make it into The Huffington Post three times in its’ first year, averaging 600+ views a month, with readers from all around the world, I would’ve laughed at you. Honestly. I never ever intended to launch a blog, let alone be a travel blogger. To this day, it still feels a little bit funny and foreign and awkward to call myself that.
As for putting my blog on my resume, I personally feel like it says a lot about me to a potential employer. It shows that I’m a self-starter with initiative; I literally built something (that I knew absolutely nothing about) from the ground up. By creating an opportunity and place for myself on the Web, it shows I’m not afraid to put myself out there. And honestly, at the end of the day, it’s a huge personal accomplishment and something that I am really proud of, which is reason enough, in my opinion.
Tell me – What are your thoughts about including your blog on a professional resume? Are you for it or against it? Have any of you done so? What were the reactions? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!