Neville Hobson

Your blog is your CV

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We call it a CV in the UK but itâ€s a good start to Robert Scobleâ€s 18+ tips in If you are laid off, hereâ€s how to socially network.

1. Your blog is your resume. You need one and it needs to have 100 posts on it about what you want to be known for.

Itâ€s good advice to anyone looking for a job, not only casualties of the looming (or actual, depending on how you see things) recession as the results produced when someone Googles your name is more likely than not to have an influence on what happens next in your job search.

And I donâ€t necessarily mean only some of the negative stuff that might come up, as Scoble focuses on in his post: all those LOLCats, for instance, or those embarrassing events so nicely recorded for posterity on Facebook (and hereâ€s some great tips on avoiding such embarrassment).

Itâ€s also to do with things youâ€ve done and achieved and helping ensure youâ€re actually discovered when someone does a Google search on your name.

But what if you havenâ€t started a blog? Suddenly signing up on WordPress.com for a free blog account isnâ€t going to help you much as youâ€ll have no history.

Actually, you do have history, just not on a blog of your own.

If you’ve left comments on blogs, started chatting on Twitter, posted content to Tumblr or photos to a sharing site like Flickr, or participated anywhere openly online (so forums and Facebook generally donâ€t count), youâ€ll very likely be discoverable, ie, show up in a Google search.

What do you want people to find out about you? Time to think about that. And if thereâ€s anything youâ€ve posted about yourself that youâ€d rather clean up, letâ€s say, read Scobleâ€s post as it has some good advice on what to do to sort that out.

Hmm, letâ€s change the title of this post. This works better: Google is your CV.

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