should/would you put your blog on your CV?
Anyway whilst updating my CV and adding in the fact I passed my SCJP 5 exam last year and then wondering if any would be employers would be impressed with it?
I have posted various blogs about being certified which are here if you fancy a read
Does passing SCJP 5 exam make you a better programmer
Back to the question
Should you put your blog on your CV?
I suppose it depends on what is on your blog, if its a personal blog it may contain some comments/statements that could offend or give your potential employee some second thoughts. Of course on the other hand it could also show what a well round person you are.
A technical blog on the other hand is a different story. I see it as a way to show a potential employer you technical skills because as we know a lot of people talk a good game on their CV but the skills they put down on their CV don't always materialise when you put them down in front of a computer and get them to do some work :-)
Another point is that whether you put down your blog on your CV or not they will probably find it (especially if its popular) because I blogged about the effect of Google before. A lot of employees will type in your name into Google if they are going to interview you and then see what turns up. A lot of people also type in their own name into Google, this is called "ego surfing". Here is a link to a blog post I wrote about it a while ago
I'm not sure of the law regarding blogs and employees etc because I have been talked to by an employer asking me to be careful about the contents of my blog, which was initially quite a shock because I had no idea they knew I had a blog, let alone that they read it.
Personally I think it would be okay to put your blog onto your CV because I have certainly learnt a lot by blogging about Java and I think having a blog shows that you are a person who likes to learn and a person who likes to give back some knowledge to the Java community. These are both good qualities in which I think employers would be interested in. Of course they would probably be shocked by my atrocious spelling and grammar but I would ask them if they are reading this now to look at the content and remember when programming it's not vital to be able to spell well.
I would like to know what people think out there, does anyone else have a link to their blog on their CV, I don't think I have ever really seen a link to a blog, a few websites but not a blog, yet......