Looking for work? Write a blog and get ahead

It’s not only students who can up their chances of getting a job on graduation by writing a blog. If you’re out of work – whatever the reason – writing a blog is a no-cost way of getting the edge on others going after the jobs you want.


OK, if you’re not fussy what you do as long as it earns you a decent wage, blogging about factory work or labouring or supermarket till work may not be very helpful. But wait a minute.

You don’t need to blog about a business to get noticed in the job market

So your job skills may not immediately mark you out as a star.

Now – what about your hobbies and interests?

Are you into anything like …

  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Rugby
  • Baseball
  • Ice hockey
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Basketball
  • Body building
  • Weight training
  • Boxing
  • Gymnastics
  • Keeping fit
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Gardening
  • Fishing
  • Bowling
  • Cycling
  • Motor sport
  • Motorcycling
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Music
  • Movies
  • Golf
  • Gaming
  • Playing cards
  • Hiking
  • Cooking
  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Pets and animal care
  • Horse riding
  • Running
  • Dancing
  • Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Billiards
  • Pool
  • Voluntary work
  • …plus a few?

Surely there are thousands of people blogging about these things, so why me?

Simply because it will be you, not the thousands of others. You don’t need to be an expert in your hobby or even particularly good at it. You also don’t need to do  it – a keen spectator interest is enough.

So what you do, is start a blog about your hobby or interest and share curated information from websites written by the experts. For more about how to curate good articles, check out this article on here.

And don’t forget, sharing content on a blog site isn’t just about passing others’ information on. It’s also an opportunity for you to share your own views on the topic … your recent experiences … funny stories … and more.

You can include links to other articles on websites anywhere, and of course videos: either links to the YouTube versions or by embedding YouTube videos into your posts.

So what localities are we talking about for my “looking for work” (or not) blog?

That’s where it becomes much more interesting, and much more valuable for you.

If you’re a high flyer and are looking for a job anywhere in the country or world, this article probably isn’t for you. In that case, however, you may well find some helpful advice in this brilliant series here on HTWB and yes, also absolutely free. (Must be nuts. Hmmm.)

In your case though, let’s assume that the job you’re looking for is local, or at least within a commutable distance from where you live.

Although there may be umpty-dump bloggers talking about your favourite football team or knitting group internationally, how many are there in your commutable locality?

This brings the whole thing down to much more manageable proportions.

How do I get people to take notice of my blog locally?

In two words – social media.

Wherever you are, you will find interest groups on platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and many, more more where you can promote your blog posts.

And that’s not merely in generic terms but more to the point, groups and communities where people congregate who a) are likely to be interested in what your blog says, b) who share your interests and concerns and c) who may well be in a position to refer you on to people who can help you on your way to suitable employment.

And why should potential employers take notice of my blog?

Because of the following reasons:

  1. You promote your “personal interest” blog within your local community. Assuming you’re looking for a job within a radius of, say, 20-30 miles of where you live and you promote the blog among local interest groups, you will get a following.
  2. Potential employers can be directed towards your blog when you fill in the sections in application forms asking for personal interests. If that option is not included in the actual form, include the fact that you have a blog on (whatever) in your covering letter. OK, it doesn’t add to your technical suitability as a job applicant, but it shows you have a life, have some gumption, and some dedication … all qualities most employers respect.

OK, so how do I set up a blog?

There are a number of options, some of which are free.

For more help with finding your next job, check out over 50 further articles (click) right here on HTWB.

HTWB here, is a WordPress site which I have hosted by the amazing Babs Saul at Blogmistress.com.

Babs does make a modest charge for the facility but to me it is worth its weight in gold.

However for a simple blog site to share your hobby (along with its relevance to potential employers by showing you as an enthusiast) you can set up a free WordPress blogsite by yourself, as well as those (also free) from resources like Blogger.com.

And once again, should I blog if I’m looking for work?

In a word, yes.

Blogging does not require you to write beautifully.

It also doesn’t need you to search too hard for inspiration on what to write about … see above, and also check out this category here on HTWB.

What it does need, is to show potential employers that you are a bit different from everyone else who is after that job … and because you have the brains, inspiration and savvy to blog about it, you’re the candidate they need.

Good luck with your job search – and let us know how blogging works for you

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