Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Blogging - Essential to Your Career?

While working on my own personal job search on Bostonworks.com I came accross an article entitled "Blogs 'Essential' to a Good Career." The article basically gives the opinion of Ben Day, a man who essentially says that he "blogged his way into a career as a high-earning software consultant while maintaining the freedom to schedule frequent jam sessions and performances as a keyboard player." Ben feels that blogging is something that every person needs to do in order to get a successful job.

Ben reports that by starting a blog revolving around your profession or a career that you wish to have will show employers your dedication, the fact that you know what you are doing and that you know what your field involves. He says that employers regularly Google prospective employees and if a professional blog comes up on the search you will have a much higher chance at getting an interview or a job then someone who has nothing come up when Googled. Think about it...if you were being Googled by a prospective employer would you rather your myspace come up or a professional blog on the position you are after?

Ben then lists and describes eight reasons why blogging will help your career:
1. Blogging creates a network.
2. Blogging can get you a job.
3. Blogging is great training.
4. Blogging helps you move up quickly.
5. Blogging makes self-employment easier.
6. Blogging provides more oppurtuinities.
7. Blogging could be your big break.
8. Blogging makes the world a better place.
Check out the article at http://bostonworks.boston.com/news/articles/2006/04/16/blogs_essential_to_a_good_career/

I found this article to be especially interesting because after all we have done on blogging in class I still did not ever think about starting my own. I just felt that I personally wouldn't benefit from it and that it was only something that was effective in a corporate setting. But if having a blog could be something that puts me ahead of someone else in terms of getting a job that it is something that I would definitly try. What is there to lose? What do you think?