I read an article recently on “de-aging” one’s resume. Not that I’m ancient, but in today’s job market, I knew I had to do something with my resume. It wasn’t getting me anywhere. The article, which was written by Bradford Dworak, explained that a dated resume can make a person look old on paper. When employers picture someone with 25-plus years of experience (that’s me), “they see a bad, gray perm, not someone young, vital and Internet-savvy.” My jaw dropped. I looked old on paper!
The article also went on to say that having a blog and including the blog address in your resume will show that you’re hip and with-it. Having a blog can give you great Web presence, and great Web presence is totally where it’s at now. I didn’t have a blog . . . I didn’t have great Web presence . . . I didn’t look Internet-savvy!
Okay, I was sold. I didn’t want to appear as un-savvy and even more importantly, I didn’t want to be thought of as an old lady with a bad, gray perm. It was time to get to know “The Blog.”
It was scary, I admit. I had never had any direct contact with “The Blog” before. To my own defense, however, I do know all about FB’ing and tweeting. I have become quite skilled at maintaining my own Web site and some of my clients’ Web sites. But there was just something dark and mysterious about “The Blog.”
Long story short, I signed up for a Word Press account, watched the how-to videos, read all the how-to articles, and spent an entire evening discovering the “The Blog.” Since I really am Internet savvy (or so I thought until I met “The Blog”), I figured I could bypass some of the ho-hum stuff and dive right into the more advanced features of “The Blog.” Not so. “The Blog” is definitely not as simplistic as we’d like to think. It is a wild, wild horse that is just begging for discipline.
I’ve gotten as far as posting my first blog and somewhat tweaking my likes and dislikes about “The Blog,” but I have a long road ahead of me. With that said, “The Blog” will not be my demise. I am going to learn it, get good at it, and master this wild, exciting horse.
A few people have asked me, “What is your goal for 2011?” I do have many goals, most of which consist of moving my business forward. And one aspect of accomplishing that is to master “The Blog” for that great Web presence that is crucial to “de-aging myself on paper.”
And this is my very first real blog, FYI. So please do take the time to comment and add in your thoughts. I’d love to hear how other non-bloggers have mastered their own personal apprehensions of “The Blog.” Until then . . . happy blogging!