A few months ago, I wrote about how I would be starting the job search and pondering to what extent I wanted to market my blog to prospective employers. Up until this point, I did not mention it on my résumé and only mentioned it in passing during interviews (without offering a URL). I have heard many people suggest that one shouldn’t come out during an interview. I’m not sure I agree, but I do think about how conspicuous I am about my identity as gay, atheist, and blogger. I’m so open and comfortable with my identities that I don’t hesitate to bring them up if they are relevant or help me answer the questions.
I have done some more thinking about this and realized how foolish it is to not feature my blog. For one, it is a great display of my writing, journalistic, and to a certain extent even research abilities. It also shows that I am tech savvy. I have my own blog with my own self-designed logos. I’m active on Twitter and other social networking sites. And ultimately, I have no shame about anything written here. Sometimes it’s quite candid and pointed, but if anything, I would hope a prospective employer would appreciate my engagement with such challenging issues.
I think it would be a concern for me if an employer had trouble respecting my decision to keep a private blog, so I might as well be quite open about it. It is certainly an accomplishment of which I am quite proud.
To accommodate this change, I am creating a special archive about my writings related to higher education and student development to help colleagues and employers easily see my writings related to the field. I will also now include it on my résumé and mention it in cover letters if it is relevant.
I think this blog helps me shine as a professional and I’m excited to share it more openly as I continue my job search this summer and in the future.