If you want to ditch the resume entirely and substitute it with your blog, that’s a valid strategy that has worked for others in the past. In his post entitled “The Blog is the New Resume” Adam Darowski explains how Web 2.0 has helped shaped this new way of applying for jobs.
He talks about the lifeless nature of resumes, calling them a “vague bulleted list of accomplishments” and offers blogging as a better way to give the employer a detailed sales pitch on why they should be hired.
Darowski himself was hired by a company because of his blog. His hiring manager had this to say about it:
“While Adam’s cover letter and resume provided a telling introduction, his blog was the real page turner. I learned he thinks beyond the immediate problem, he self-motivates, he aggressively educates himself, he aggressively educates those around him, and he’s a Red Sox fan. I would have discovered some of this eventually from the interview, the references, and various other communications. But in the blog, it all became part of the first impression, helping him stand out from the crowd early on.”
As you can see, your blog can easily be paired with a cover letter in substitute of a full resume, or as something that supports it. Either way, it’s beneficial to have one to help you stand out from the crowd.
How have you used your blog to win job opportunities in the past? Let us know in the comments!