11 Essential Skills Bloggers And Online Business Owners MUST Add To Their Resumes

Friday, June 7, 2019 New York, NY, USA

11 Essential Skills Bloggers And Online Business Owners MUST Add To Their Resumes - Taylor Mead
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When I left New York City to move back home with my family, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into. It was a big risk, to say the least. Though I did eventually end up returning to Manhattan (woo!), I learned so much from my time freelancing in Connecticut.

As a freelancer, my title suddenly went from one thing to several! I became site manager, website/graphic designer, coder, writer, editor, photographer, photo editor, social media manager, sales rep, analyst, et cetera.

Needless to say, there is a lot more to the blogging and freelance life that goes on behind the scenes. Here are 11 skills you can add to your résumé and/or LinkedIn (and should ASAP) if you're a blogger, freelancer, or entrepreneur:

1. Site Management

Whether you began as a one-woman (or man) team or are still running it all on your own, you are a site manager, so never forget to flaunt it because that is pretty impressive.

2. Website/Graphic Design

You know that site logo you worked hard to perfect? How about those Pinterest graphics? Or those unique layouts you use for desktop vs. mobile? These things didn't just appear out of nowhere, they exist because you are as much of a designer as the next professional.

3. Coding

Oh, if I had to count the number of times I've had to open the HTML section of my site to fix some part of a code, I would be here for hours. Whether it's basic coding or intense STEM shenanigans, you are absolutely a coder. Don't shy away from adding coding to your list of specialties.

4. Writing

You don't have to write full articles to include writing on your résumé. In fact, there are so many forms of writing that go into the creation of a website: blog posts, about me pages, photo captions, quirky social content, emails, you name it... If you do one of these, you, my friend, are a writer!

5. Editing

Being the site editor is one of the most important parts of creating and operating a brand online. As the overseer of many things, editing content is not above your realm of duties, so make sure you note that in your already impressive résumé.

6. Photography

Whether you personally take the pictures for your site or social media with a professional camera or you simply use your smartphone camera, you have photography skills.

7. Photo Editing

Brightness turned up, whites enhanced, colors contrasted, saturation increased, you name it — you have photo editing experience. Even if it's not with Photoshop (or maybe it is!).

8. Social Media Management

Chances are your blog and/or business spans across several social media sites and running all of them and growing a following is not an easy feat. Managing (and juggling) Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and whatever other channels you have is a task you do on a daily basis. Make sure to highlight it!

9. Social Media Marketing

Not only do you have to grow your following on your social media accounts, but you also have to get people to read your content, buy your products, or both! And 9 out of 10 times social media promotion is the way to do it.

10. Sales

For those of you who sell products and/or resources through your site, you have developed a valuable skill set. Selling something of great value and succeeding in the creation of sales is a skill that helps make you stand out from your future (and current) competitors.

11. Analytics

If you're anything like me, you check your site's analytics constantly, making sure your posts are doing well and your page views are not decreasing rapidly month over month. Being able to analyze your site's traffic and engagement is vital in ensuring its success, so having this skill on your résumé is invaluable.