In our last post, we discussed why blogs should not be brought up at job interviews, in cover letters, or in resumes. There are simply too many ways that blogs can harm your chances of getting the job. If your blog has:
- A single unprofessional post.
- A single post on an unrelated topic.
- Very little unique or interesting information.
- Ads or banners.
- Bugs, glitches or otherwise poor design elements.
Then your blog is not ready to be brought up at a job interview, because it will not help your chances of getting the job. Employers are only interested in seeing that you are professional and qualified for the role. Imperfect blogs are simply not going to win over any employer.
Make Your Blog Perfect
However, you can create a website that does help your chances of landing the job. You simply need to conform to all of the standards of a high quality blog. Here are guidelines for writing a blog that will help your job interview chances.
- Always Remain Professional – From your first post to your last post, every post you make should be completely professional. You can throw in a few light jokes here and there, but there should be no swearing, proper grammar, no chat language (LOL, BRB, etc.), no emoticons, and as few spelling errors as you can manage. Your blog should be kept professional at all times.
- Remain On Topic – Nearly every post you make should be about the field you are hoping to break into. That means that if you have a blog about teaching, every post should be about teaching. You can create the rare occasional post wishing happy birthday to a family member, but always asks yourself if the post will still be seen as professional and if 100% of all interviewers. If the post could harm your chances at all, with anyone, don’t do it.
- Spend Time Writing Quality, Interesting Posts – This is extremely important. Dedication to a field is nice, but employers want to know that you have ideas and that you are not simply rehashing topics that everyone knows. Take your time coming up with interesting ideas for posts that will help you stand out as a unique, intelligent and creative candidate.
- Moderate Comments – Don’t let a terrible commenter or aggressive spammer cause your blog to look less professional. Moderate comments and only post comments that are equally as interesting as your post.
- Spend Time on the Design – Your blog should be free of ads and have no major glitches. Remember that a website that looks unattractive is going to naturally feel unprofessional, no matter how much work goes into its writing.
We at Everyday Interview Tips want to caution that writing a blog that meets all of these guidelines can be quite difficult. You must put a lot of effort into writing each post for no immediate monetary gain.
Still, starting a blog that is specifically designed to earn you a job someday can be a great tool to use in the future. As long as you are willing to dedicate yourself to its success, you may find that the blog is your key to winning the job over your competition.
Take Away Tips
- Starting a blog that will help you win a job is difficult.
- Write only professional posts.
- Keep all posts on topic.
- Take your time coming up with interesting posts instead of hurrying boring posts.
- Moderate comments and take your time designing a decent website.