I have been a freelancer for over 13 years now. After leaving a good job for what I thought, and was sold in the interview, was a better job with more flexibility, my family came first and I turned to freelancing to make a living. Sometimes, I miss the constant weekday interaction of a go to the workplace job. To that end, I have selectively applied for positions in areas that I have experience.
I just finished applying online in a new way. It was like the initial process was a pre-interview. It basically asked yes or no questions surround the qualifications needed for the position in the online ad. One item, the only question I answered no to, had been listed as a “should” in the qualifications. In my mind, that does not mean I HAVE to have that item. It means it would be good if I do but not a necessity. Worse than that, if I thought about it, I could cobble together, from actual jobs, the experience that item called for or could I have used life experience.
The particular skill in question was agency (as in advertising) or brand experience. I worked in advertising for a while but not in the agency, on the side of selling radio ads to agencies. This was not work I enjoyed and, consequently, I put it out of my mind. But, have I not been building a brand here on my blog since 2006? Isn’t what I do daily, weekly, monthly brand building?
Have you ever tried to utilize your personal blog as an experiential item when applying for a position? If so, did that work? If you do not have a blog but are an employer, would you accept such experience?