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December 10, 2010

How to create a blog post to help with your job search

You already know that a blog is free, that you can write your resume on it, and you can also post images to the web, so let's get started!

The first thing that you will need to do is to go to Google Blogger and sign up. Yeah, it's a hassle, but hey, it's free. You have to fill in a bunch of information and then do the email confirmation thing. Takes a few minutes of your time, but it's worth it.

How you create your blog will be very important as to how well it will work for you. You are creating a public, business presence here.

• Don't be too clever with your username. Mine is my company name, all run together - bradhallart. I recommend using your name, all run together, like this - susanharrington. Remember that you are going to be using your real name on this blog, this is not an anonymous blog. If you are not comfortable with this, don't use a blog for your job search. But a lot of other people will!

• Name your blog the same way that you would describe yourself, for example "Susan Harrington, Dog Trainer". Spell things out, don't abbreviate. In fact, don't abbreviate anything, unless it's normally written that way, for example, CPA.

• Be sure to fill out your profile. A picture of your face will increase your chances of a response dramatically. Again, if you're not comfortable doing that, maybe you shouldn't be posting on the web like this. I am comfortable with this. In the profile, write about yourself in the third person, such as "Susan Harrington lives in Pasadena with her dog Rover..." Yes, some of this information will be the same as on the blog post, that's OK.

• Write the blog post the same way that you would write a cover letter and resume. Use complete sentences. Don't abbreviate, unless it's normally written that way, for example CPA. The blog post is written in the first person, as in "I have been doing dog training since 1995, and I am especially good with dachshunds..."

If you would like to get personal on-site software training in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Dreamweaver in the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, please contact me.  Yes, I will also do a training session on setting up your blog on Google Blogger. Paypal accepted, morning appointments only.

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