It is said that in the professional world, a candidate can have all the experience in the world, but if they can’t write well, they’re not the best candidate for the job.
Writing has become so crucial in so many industries that it’s always best to have a strong foundation of writing before hitting the job-seeking circuit.
Don’t have a lot of published articles in an industry magazine?
These days, it’s almost unnecessary. Social media and blogging have made it so easy for anyone to post content online for all to see. There can be some challenges, situations for what to post and what not to post, and factors to consider when you think about starting up on any social media platform.
What’s the most important issue to face before you start a blog? Privacy.
What are you going to be posting? If you already have a blog, does it contain stuff you wouldn’t necessarily want an employer to read? Are you planning on starting your own technology blog to get ahead in the tech world? It’s best you don’t include posts about your dog, what you had to eat, or how you passed off potty training your child to your spouse. Keep it specific to the industry you are looking to advance in.
Just remember, no matter what you want to write about, if it’s there, they will find it. The Internet isn’t some closed door, behind-the-scenes, hub of all your innermost secrets. In fact, employers know they’ll find you on the Internet and they will look. Do your best to appear professional no matter what.
So you’ve established what you want to write about on your new blog? Here are some tips to remember to be as effective and efficient as possible.
- Whether or not you’re unemployed, always have a copy of your resume listed on the website for easy reference. If someone is looking to your blog for advice, you want to have your experience listed for better credibility.
- Keep up with industry trends and write about them. There’s nothing wrong with gathering ideas from other blogs, so long as you add your own twist and rephrase! (Note: There is a lot wrong with plagiarizing.
- It cannot be reiterated enough as to how much you should keep an eye on what you write. Writing blogs on the Internet can be easily tracked and copied. Be conscious of how you want to portray yourself. A litany of swear words and displays of bigotry or other unsavory traits will be remembered.
- Use social media to amp up the readership of your blog. You can use your personal Twitter handle or you can create another one specific to the blog. Either way you go about it, just remember, you are representing your own personal brand. Conduct yourself the way you want to be seen.
- Follow the basics of social media marketing when you’re on any of the platforms. Remain professional, engage with your audiences, take criticisms in stride, and try to be diplomatic as often as you can stomach it.
For more tips on how to use social media and blogging to promote your own personal brand, please visit the Josephine’s Professional Staffing website.