10 Things a Blogger Resume Must Include

Everyday hundreds of people are searching for the perfect blogger resume.  If you are looking to hire a professional freelance blogger, I sure hope you’ll choose me!  But if you are a blogger looking to put together the perfect resume to land blogging gigs, I’d like to help you too.

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A blogger resume is similar to a resume that you would use for a “regular” job  but there are a few distinct differences.  I recommend having a separate resume for blogging jobs that is shorter than a standard resume. Within the blogger resume, you should make your full resume available.  Here are the other standards a blogger resume should follow…

* It must be online. Having a downloadable resume is not good enough. If you are touting yourself as someone who understands the basics of search engine optimization and helping a company/brand standout from the pack, you better prove your technical ability by setting up a resume that ranks well.

* It must include live links. A good blogger understands the importance links play in making a blog successful.  Without them, you’re just a writer – and what fun is that?

* Your blogger resume should show quantifiable stats that measure your success. For example: I recently wrote a blog post that was featured on Yahoo! that yielded 4M pageviews, 884 re-tweets and over 1,900 comments.

* Links to your social media profiles. When a client hires you to write their blog, they are also hoping to tap into your existing network.  If you have a strong following on Twitter or lots of “impressive” friends, put it on display for your potential clients to see.

* Include examples of your social media success with blogging. Links to screenshots that show proof of how a particular post performed on social networks will boost your credibility as a blogger.

* Testimonials and references. Normally a separate document for regular resumes, but a blogging resume should include several brief/strong endorsements.

* Prove that you understand the latest blogging tools and trends. Being proficient with WordPress is not good enough. If your target job is using another platform you want to show that you either understand how it works or can learn it quickly.  Carve out a section on your blogger resume to list your skills/proficiencies.

* Don’t forget about the “day” job. If you work full-time doing something seemingly unrelated to blogging, there are still skills that should be put on display on a blogger resume.  The goal is to slice these down to a fraction of their original size, but get across that you are a well-rounded individual who understands blogging AND business.

* Brand awareness. When a company or individual hires you as a freelance blogger, they are turning over the keys to their brand.  That’s a scary proposition!  Do everything you can to prove to the potential employer that you understand the importance of brand consistency and the responsibility that comes along with blogging.

* Highlight your best work. Most established bloggers have hundreds or thousands of blog posts floating around the Web.  It’s unrealistic to expect a potential client to sift through all of your articles.  It’s also unrealistic to think that everything you have written is great!  Showcase your best work by including several breakout links in your blogger resume.

If you’re a freelance blogger, feel free to drop me a note if you thought this post was useful.  I’m always looking to connect with great bloggers .  Hey, we may even work together one day!

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