A few weeks ago we discovered Erin over at Analyfe. She has a fantastic blog that covers musings of a Post Grad trying to navigate life. Obviously we were drawn to her. Below is a guest post she has agreed to grace us with. Please read about her other topics, books, and thoughts, over at Analyfe when finished.
“Have you applied for any jobs recently?” I glance up guiltily from my blog stats every time I’m asked this question. Truth is, five months after graduation and ten months after beginning my job search, I’ve lost hope in the conventional job search. Companies receive hundreds of applications for each position, and unless you’re the cream of the crop, you aren’t even considered.
The past month or so, I’ve taken networking to an extreme. Rather than being ashamed of my unemployment, I’ve become eager to learn about every possible opportunity. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and forced myself to talk to people about my skills, my interests, and even my blog.
I’ve been blogging for about ten months and it’s not been something I talk about; however, lately I’ve reconsidered whether blogging is really a bad thing. Maybe through writing and maintaining a blog, I’m building marketable skills.
- I blog daily as part of WordPress Post-a-Day 2011, which shows my dedication, persistence, and commitment.
- Ten months ago, WordPress terrified me and I didn’t understand anything. I’ve since mastered nearly every aspect of the site and its tools and resources. I’m a quick learner.
- Blogging makes me a better writer; it helps me develop my voice, hone in my skills, and simply gain more experience.
- Having a public blog exposes me to the world and makes me vulnerable, yet this vulnerability allows for constructive criticism and compliments from strangers. My fear of criticism has disintegrated and my adaptability has skyrocketed.
- Blogging is essentially an extensive social network. The blogosphere is where I can go and know that I’m not alone, that others like me are struggling to find work and to find their way. Blogging gives me hope and encouragement.
- I promote my blog through Twitter, a Facebook page, 20 Something Bloggers, and Google Plus. I’ve unknowingly become a social media marketing maven. I know how efficiently to share what I have to offer, as well as discover and promote others’ content. I understand how the internet mediates mutually beneficial relationships among web users and know how to take advantage of it.
Going back to networking, I was recently put into contact with the owner of a small local paper. I offered my personal blog as a sample of my writing and she was thoroughly impressed with my work. I’m still in the training stage, but I hope to take on the job of freelance copywriter for the paper, and eventually write feature stories.
Another company got in touch with me, offering an interview. “I have several resumes in front of me, many from applicants far more qualified than you, but your cover letter was phenomenal. I’d like for you to come in so we can talk a bit.” My good writing skills led to an interview I probably wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. I still can’t stop grinning.
I’ve received criticism for spending so much time blogging when I “should” be out looking for a job. I’ve often felt guilty about this; however, in the past few weeks I’ve realized that blogging is actually helping me in my job search. Blogging is improving my writing skills and enhancing my ability to commit to a project and see it through. Blogging is teaching me to self-promote, network, and empathize with others (by following their personal blogs). Blogging has boosted my confidence and kept me sane. Without realizing it, blogging has prepared me to face the adverse economy.
Blogging isn’t a waste of time. Don’t let anyone tell you it is.