Two and a half years ago Punch Debt In The Face came in to existence. At first I considered this site an embarrassing hobby (how lame does blogging about money in your free time sound? SUPER LAME!!!!), but now it is a part of who I am. I’ve literally spent thousands of hours writing, reading, editing, coding, graphic designing, stick-figuring, and monetizing my blog in hopes that it continues to grow. Essentially PDITF has become a second job for me (albeit, one I enjoy).
If you’ve been following me for a while (if not you can subscribe here and follow me on twitter here….gotta love shameless self promotion in the middle of posts), you’ll recall I wrote an article about my intentions to begin applying for jobs in the private sector. Two or three times a year, I like to go through my résumé and make sure it’s updated with my latest work achievements, awards, and accomplishments.
Yesterday, I was doing just that when I thought to myself “Should I put my blog on my resume?”. I decided to list out some of the reasons why this blog should be on my resume, and some of the reasons I might want to leave it off. Let’s start with the benefits first….
- I took an idea in my head and turned it in to a profitable business.
- I can make my job title be CEO, President of Making Things Really Awesome, or whatever else I want.
- My work has been featured on The New York Times, MSN Money, TIME and other popular websites.
- I’ve grown my audience from a couple hundred visits a month to twenty-five thousand.
- I could also use my blog as an example of all those stereotypical HR terms like “self-starter, engaging, big-picture-thinker, etc”.
There are probably additional reasons why putting my blog on my resume would give a prospective employer a better understanding of who I am and why they should hire me, but I’m too lazy to think of them now. So instead, let’s get on to the reasons why I’ve decided to leave PDITF off…
- While some of my posts may have been featured on a few pretty cool sites, I typically have pretty bad grammar and spelling issues.
- If I included my blog, my prospective employers would have access to a lot of my personal data (net worth, current income, religious views, etc).
- My blogs name is Punch Debt In The Face. Let’s be honest. That doesn’t necessarily scream maturity.
For now I plan to keep on sending my resume out PDITF free, but who knows I might feel a little risky down the road and start experimenting with including it. What are your thoughts on the situation? Would you put your blog on your resume? Why or why not? What’s something you’ve wanted to include on your resume, but didn’t?