Can a Blog Replace a Resume? Yes, Absolutely!

I saw an interesting question today: can a blog replace a resume?

My answer was ‘Yes’.

If not a blog then a properly done web presence not only can, but should replace a resume (especially if you’re environmentally conscious).

There are plenty of social media sites where anyone can set up a profile and create a professional online presence, but LinkedIn (focused primarily on professionals) and Facebook (ubiquitous) are probably the best places to connect for job hunting.

But it’s also getting easier every day to set up a professional looking standalone website on which you can set out your stall. Check out Wix, Squarespace, Weebly or WordPress.

And consider this: whether you’re a programmer, or a tax accountant, or a network engineer, if you write and maintain a blog focused on your skill or niche, there’s no better way of showcasing your value to potential employers.

It will give them a far greater insight to you and your skills than a simple resume will.

As the recession deepens (a meaningful recovery before next year now seems highly unlikely), and job layoffs increase, I would urge anyone to get themselves a professional web presence.

Consider this: HR departments responsible for hiring are going to be inundated with job hunting requests. They’re busy people! Being able to give them a link to view your skills and experience online makes their job a lot easier than having to download and read a resume.

It will greatly assist your job hunting activities, should you find yourself in that position.

Something else to think about: consider setting up your own small business – become a solopreneur! It doesn’t stop you from job-hunting, but it gives you something to focus on and may very well lead to much greater things.

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Martin Malden

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