Laid-Off, Many Turn to Blogging

Recently laid-off vent, share leads online
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2009 1:30 PM CDT
The recently laid-off are turning to blogs to share their experiences and network for new positions.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – As layoffs soar, job seekers are turning to blogs to connect with others in the same boat and share their adventures in unemployment, the Wall Street Journal reports. For many professionals, blogging helps make sense of the sudden changes a layoff brings. "It's difficult to see your own progress, and that alone can discourage you," said Sawa Horibe, who started to organize her thoughts.

Blogs also can help with networking and provide a place to show off writing skills. "If it somehow extends your personal brand, there's nothing wrong with sharing your view," a search firm exec said. But be careful. Posting too much personal info can be "easily misinterpreted by a potential employer who is interested in hiring the professional you," a Berkeley professor said.