Everyone has a resume and a LinkedIn profile. So how do new grads differentiate themselves during the job hunt? The answer: start a blog! Blogging can help you:
Not only does blogging connect you with individuals who have similar interests and hobbies as you, but it can also hook you up with job opportunities that may not have been available otherwise. Start by commenting on other bloggers’ posts to establish a connection or post a link to your blog on LinkedIn for potential employers to view.
Become a better writer
If practice makes perfect, then the only way to become a better writer is to write more often. Consistently posting new content online gives you a platform and a reason to write! Who knows, you could become the next William Shakespeare! All kidding aside, clear and coherent writing skills are valuable in every industry.
Develop your personal brand
Write about your favorite sport or how you feel about current events. Or, if you’re a photographer, post your portfolio. Your blog is a blank canvas! Use it to show who you are and what you care about. Sure, employers want to know what you’re good at. But they also want to know who you are as a person. Show them!
Build new skill sets
Starting a blog can make you a better writer. But it can also teach you other skills, like how to navigate WordPress. Not to mention HTML, SEO, and social media. Before you know it you’ll be a wiz-kid for the digital age.
Set yourself apart from other candidates
How many friends or colleagues do you know that have a blog and actively post in it? Not many. Blogging will show what you’re passionate about, your ability to write professionally, and your expertise in what you choose to blog about. Standing out from the rest of the crowd is always a good thing!