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5 Precious Aspects Of Blogging That Helped Me Obtain My First Job

5 Aspects of blogging helped me obtain my first job

It’s been 3 months now that I graduated from my across-Europe Bachelor degree, went on my first solo trip to Canada aaand started my first full time job as Digital Marketing Executive! (Yeah, it has been an intense period as it sounds!) And among all of this events, I tried my best to keep blogging and keeping my blog social media accounts updated.

Combining blogging and full time studying or working is not easy at all, I’m sure you’ve already heard about this. I wrote a little bit about how I manage to balance it with my routine in this post and there are many amazing blogs that can give you tips about combining the two.

What I’d like to talk about in this post instead is how worth it has been for me to dedicate energy and time to my blog since it had been one of the assets that helped me obtain my first job!

Little foreword: I graduated in Business Management with Marketing so the degree was already inherent to the job role I was applying for. But, as many of you might know, to work in the Marketing sector you can really have any kind of background, from journalism to psychology!

What really makes the difference, for any job application, is the additional skills you have. Click To Tweet

Maybe gained through your hobbies, extra curricular activities, special courses or certifications…anywhere!

In my case, one of these skills was blogging! In particular, here are the aspects of blogging that helped me fit the job role:

1 |Β Time Management

As stated earlier, keeping a blog updated and following a schedule while managing the rest of your life, like working or studying, is not that simple! Balancing the two means having a great time management and knowing how to keep up with a schedule/timeline that you’ve set for yourself. This is definitely a skill that’s never overlooked by a recruiter/ future employer!

2 | WordPress Understanding

When you’re into blogging you kind of give for granted that you know how to use the platform you’re using for writing and managing posts, design and structure your blog. Well, after a few interviews I realised that I shouldn’t have really given this skill for granted! There are actually loads of people/companies out there who have a WordPress website but do not know how to properly use the platform. And guess what? You could be their trump card!

NB: This could be referred to any kind of platform/app/website you’re using to blog and have acquired quite a good knowledge about it!

3 | Content Creation & Strategy

If you’re not familiar with marketing terms you might read this and say “uhm, what?” Actually, you’re doing it every time you blog or post a picture! Creating content and having a content strategy is about choosing what you’ll write about in your next post, taking a picture based on a particular theme, doing an IG story to explain more about a picture/event you blogged about, this list could go on and on. But, do any of these things sound familiar now?

5 Precious Aspects Of Blogging That Helped Me Obtain My First Job

4 | Social Media Management

By using social media for your personal matters you already have a broad knowledge of how to use the different platforms. By using social media in relation to your blog though, you realise more specific things like:

  • How different social media channels help to achieve different objectives
  • How to take advantage of the analytics that each platform provides
  • How they are a great research tool to understand better your audience (aka social listening)

And, in an era where every company knows that if you’re not using social media, you’re out, this skill will be very much appreciated!

5 |Β SEO Knowledge

Now, saying “SEO knowledge” might be very pretentious since SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is composed by many aspects and most of them are quite complicated. Despite this though, even as an amateur blogger, I did have the interest to understand what SEO was about. By this, I managed to acquire basic (but essential, I’d say) SEO knowledge (such as keywords understanding or structure optimisation) that still served as a good point on my CV!

 

Hopefully, this post was useful to understand that even if you just blog for fun, it can actually act as a great assent on your CV as well! And maybe if your motivation to blog what not that high recently, this might have given you a boost (about this,Β this post can also be helpful)!

 

What about you. have you very added “blogging” as one of your skills in your CV? Which are other aspects of blogging that you’d add to this list? I’d love to hear from you!Β 

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45 Comments

  • Reply Shirley Corder

    Thanks for your tips. Blogging’s not easy, but it’s so worth it. You get to meet so many great people. D is for Dogged Determination #Build a Better Blog

    28/09/2017 at 15:36
  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels)

    really cool that blogging landed you your first job!:)

    29/09/2017 at 13:53
  • Reply Vladimir

    Good tips. Thank you. There are many aspects of blogging, all equally important.

    29/09/2017 at 18:31
  • Reply Kyles

    I love this. It is so true, blogging can really help in the “real world”

    29/09/2017 at 21:18
  • Reply John Mulindi

    Yes, I too have learned so much since I started blogging. Nice post.

    29/09/2017 at 22:37
  • Reply Magly Delgado

    Great tips. Blogging is great since you learn so many things. I would add you also learn how to promote it, how to use social media, how to network online…

    01/10/2017 at 2:16
  • Reply Jenn

    It’s always nice to hear success stories related to blogging. Thanks for sharing!

    01/10/2017 at 5:48
  • Reply Lorelle

    Great tips Lisa. It’s always great to broaden our blogging knowledge! πŸ™‚

    02/10/2017 at 13:02
  • Reply Diana

    Great tips, SEO is my Achilles heal. What you have also written here is that all life skills matter when trying to secure a job. Love it.

    07/10/2017 at 18:17
  • Reply Deryn | Running on Real Food

    Great tips! Even though I blog full-time now, I’ve thought about taking some online jobs..this makes me feel like it’s something I can do with all the experience I’ve gained.

    09/10/2017 at 15:20
  • Reply Brandi

    That’s awesome! So many business owners talk about how blogging has helped their business, but it’s great to see that it’s now becoming known as a tangible skill that employers are looking for πŸ™‚

    09/10/2017 at 18:33
  • Reply Jennifer

    Blogging teaches a lot of skills that are invaluable to the business world. Congrats on landing your Digital Marketing role.

    09/10/2017 at 20:45
  • Reply Tay

    So helpful, I’m currently trying to apply to social media marketing jobs using my blog experience as well!

    09/10/2017 at 21:55
  • Reply Christina

    Congrats on landing your first job, Lisa! I agree with you, I am also always highlighting my experience from blogging when it comes to job interviews, even though I am a small-scale blogger. I’d be really interested in how you acquired your SEO knowledge though, as this is a field that I haven’t really gotten around to devoting myself to this πŸ˜€ or maybe you could share your basics in a blog post? πŸ™‚

    10/10/2017 at 13:39
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you Christina! That’s great you include blogging in your CV as well! Oh well I can definitely think about writing a blog post on SEO if you’d like! πŸ™‚

      11/10/2017 at 16:53
  • Reply Magen

    Everyone who doesn’t blog thinks these five things are so easy, but they are so wrong. Blogging takes so much work and time that its ridiculous. Anyone who thinks blogging is an easy job has no idea. These tips are a must have.

    10/10/2017 at 19:19
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    15/10/2017 at 23:19
  • Reply Mia

    This is genuinely such a brilliant post – I can actually relate! I work in content marketing (so blogging on other people’s behalf) and as I was reading this I was literally nodding my head like “this is absolutely right”. Pretty much everything I do in my day to day job is the same as running a blog – before I did this, I didn’t realise how transferable the skills were and how valuable bloggers are in the workplace, but they actually are! Side note: loving your blog! So professional and beautifully designed xx

    20/10/2017 at 16:02
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you so much Mia for this kind comment! I’m glad you could relate and I’m so happy to hear you like my blog! πŸ™‚

      21/10/2017 at 19:09
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  • Reply Molly

    This is a great post and very reassuring!! I have a degree in event management but really want to start a career in digital marketing and I’m hoping my blog as well as work experience will help me with this! Have you got any other advice for getting a job in digital marketing? Love your blog by the way and congrats on your job! Molly xx

    01/11/2017 at 11:43
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Hey Molly! Thank you for reading and for leaving this lovely comment! Glad to hear the post is useful! If you want to write me and email at fromdreamtoplan@gmail.com and detail a bit more your situation I am happy to help you more (I’m not an expert but if I can help why not, right? πŸ™‚ )
      Glad you like my blog as well! Will go to check yours as well! πŸ™‚

      01/11/2017 at 12:04
  • Reply Amanda

    This is awesome! I’m working on time management….I feel like I have it pretty good at my job (as a nurse) but doing it in my personal life management is a whole new world (blog+nurse+school+life). And I love your blog!!

    07/11/2017 at 14:18
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      So true,personal time management is very challenging and stressful sometimes!
      Thank you for stopping by Amanda! πŸ™‚

      09/11/2017 at 10:52
  • Reply Devamsha

    I was actually thinking about these things a couple of months ago – there’s so many transferable skills involved with blogging and understanding the platform that go unnoticed, super cool that you’ve written a post on it! I actually think these skills could transfer to loads of jobs outside of social media/marketing too.

    Kudos on landing the job though chick!

    15/11/2017 at 20:17
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Yes true, these can definitely be skills that can be applied to other jobs as well! Thank you of reading! πŸ™‚

      16/11/2017 at 11:13
  • Reply Devamsha

    P.s. so funny – stumbled across your blog by chance and you’re the first one I’ve found with the same theme hehehe

    15/11/2017 at 20:18
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      omg really?! haha I’ve also never seen someone with my same theme! Will check out your blog! xx

      16/11/2017 at 11:14
  • Reply Sylvie Anne Hanes

    I really appreciate you sharing your blogging experience and how it helped you land a job. I worked as a consultant for decades, and I always am surprised to see people under-evaluate their skills simply because they can’t connect what they do to what skills it brings. Thanks for this insightful post

    22/11/2017 at 15:55
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you! This was exactly my purpose with this post, helping readers realise that actually any activity that you do can have aspects that you can apply in other sectors! Thanks for reading and commenting! πŸ™‚

      23/11/2017 at 12:48
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