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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Perspective: How my blog helped land me a new job

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Apologies for the lack of regular posts over the last couple of weeks. I've barely had time to breathe between hitting a busy period at work and to-ing and fro-ing to London for job interviews.

The good news is that as I press publish on my 200th blog post, I'm able to announce that I've landed a great little job in London and will be diving head first into a new life in the capital. While there is a part of me screaming internally at how huge this is and freaking out slightly about shifting our lives 200+ miles, I'm also incredible excited to be continuing a career in the charitable sector.

As the title of this post suggests, it is in no small part due to my blog that I landed this job. As I entered the board room and tried to keep a handle on my nerves, one of the panel complimented my blog and my written skills. Now, this is not even a job in which blogging is a particularly relevant skill, but from the outset the panel had a sense of my personality and interests, and that was no bad thing.

As we passed though other areas of discussion and I answered further questions, one of the panel members went on to directly reference how my ability to distil the essence of a story demonstrated transferable skills which would be relevant when sifting through grant applications. To me, this was proof that an engaging online presence can have all sorts of benefits as you move forward in life.

So for all you bloggers out there, even if you don't work as a freelance writer, keeping up a interesting online space demonstrates time, effort, precision, written ability, and analytical skills which can appeal to a whole host of organisations. I keep this blog because I enjoy sharing my thoughts on books with you, but it's clear that its benefits have reached beyond what I ever could have imagined.

4 comments:

  1. Congratulations, first of all, on landing the new job. That really is great news and I wish you the best with it. :) (h)

    I also really like this post because I started blogging for fun, to meet other book lovers and writers, and as a motivational strategy to get me thinking and writing about literature on a more conceptual level. You're right in saying that we do things (like start blogs) for many reasons but often, when life happens, our actions become valuable in ways we never imagined or expected.

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    1. Thank you Caroline. It was a great moment in the interview when they mentioned looking at my blog. It gave me lots of confidence to know they liked my little corner of the internet! I'll definitely be keeping it up as I move on.

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  2. Great post! Congrats on the job!
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