If you ever wrote an article or blog, before you decide to use it to upgrade your resume you will first want to consider the type of publication your work is in, whether the work is relevant to the job and if you truly can be considered a subject matter expert. Stacey will let you know where and when it makes sense to include publications.
- Have you appeared in print? Been quoted in an article? Of course, if you authored a book, eBook, trade association article, industry paper, or anything else of importance, publications would be the section to list it in. If you're in PR, marketing, or academia, this section is probably a no brainer. But us regular people can use this section too. With the increased popularity of blogging, it's difficult not to have something in this section.
LinkedIn has made this easy. I get more than ten notifications each day about a new blog post by one of my LinkedIn connections. So a word of caution here. Listing a LinkedIn post you wrote is probably not acceptable unless the post you wrote is relevant to the job you are applying to and it garnered a large number of views. What's a large number? Take a look at well respected blogs and see what kind of views they get. While you may not hit 100,000 views, 2500 might be a good goal.
And to be clear, I mention these numbers in relation to the relevance aspect of the article. Will a recruiter think your information is relevant if only 100 people read it? Maybe, maybe not. I've said this previously and it's just as true now as it was before, if you write something, expect someone to read it. And you should always be writing with that expectation. Therefore, anything you post should be professional in nature. Because once it hits the internet, you can't take it back and you have no control over where it goes or who reads it.
I still get notifications that information I wrote many years ago is currently being shared and posted on new websites that didn't even exist when I first wrote it. Will a recruiter or potential employer read everything you post? Probably not. Will they read at least one thing? The answer is, it depends. They may not read anything at first, but if you make it past a phone interview it's much more likely that they'll take the time to read it.
I've known candidates who were removed from consideration because of what they wrote on the internet. Everyone by now knows about photos that might prevent you from getting a job offer, but what you write is just as important. Future employers want to know if you are a subject matter expert. Writing outside of your regular job helps you establish this expertise. It shows that you have the knowledge and that others think this knowledge is relevant because they have not only read it but they have liked it and shared it.
You can indicate this on your resume by adding a section labeled publications. If you have enough relevant material to warrant its own section. If not, and you only have one or two relevant works, you can add them as a bullet point under your current job if it's applicable. Alternatively, you may want to include it in your volunteer work or consulting work section. Think back over your career and think about works you may have written.
Trade magazines, an article for your company newsletter, an industry journal, or an online blog. Find the work and then determine its relevance to the job you are applying to. Once you've done that, don't forget the last part. Determine the value. Was your article read by the many, or the few?
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Explain how to present your experience on a resume.
- Identify where spell check will not catch mistakes.
- Recognize the proper way to present your dates of employment in your professional experience section.
- Recall when you will need a traditional resume in the entertainment business.
- Explain what you could do to fill in the void on your resume when you have been unemployed for over six months.
- Name the benefits of sending a handwritten thank-you note following an interview.
- Identify some things you can do to help you identify and eliminate red flags before applying for a job.