Job Searching and Personal PR

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As I finish up my Master’s degree, I am undertaking the ever-enjoyable job search process.  I write about this for multiple reasons.

First of all, if you are in higher education and have positions opening related to social justice, student engagement, or similar kinds of student affairs positions, let me know!  You will have my résumé within the day!

In the meantime, though, I’m spending my time thinking about how I present myself, and I am a little bit torn in terms of this blog.  Truly, this blog is one of the most visible representations of my identity, including many of my professional skills.  I am proud of it and have no shame in terms of the things I write about.  I do raise controversy though, and I have made it a point to separate my blog from the specifics of my career.

So I’m stuck.  Do I talk to folks about my blog in my job interviews?  I don’t mind if they read it, but should I be encouraging them to seek it out?  I don’t rightly know.

I think I have a lot of potential as a professional, so I am not too worried about obtaining a job.  Still, economic times are tough, and I don’t want to do anything to endanger my hiring.

Do I refuse a position if they have concerns about my blog?  I think I might.

This blog has been an important outlet for me.  I appreciate the opportunity to voice my concerns and create a venue to discuss these issues.  It makes me feel committed to social justice and let’s me sort of vent the ideas that often overwhelm my thoughts on a regular basis.

Lately, I’ve been busy enough that I haven’t had the time or even need to blog, but I do not plan to abandon this project anytime soon.

So… for those of you who have been reading ZackFord Blogs, I’d appreciate your thoughts.  How does this blog represent me as a professional?

And like I said, if you’re hiring and appreciate the kinds of things I have been writing about, let me know! 🙂

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  • Anastasia says:

    I think you should only mention it if the interviewer brings up communication outside of normal academic venues. If your blog was specifically focused on student affairs or higher ed, I’d say go ahead and promote it as an example of how you reach out to students, but your posts aren’t always directly connected to education.

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