A Public Service Announcement for Unemployed Bloggers
Unemployment is everywhere these days, and so are unemployed bloggers. Because there are so many of them, I would like to offer a few bits of “friendly” advice.
1: Imagine that you are looking for work in the (legal) drug industry. If you are, it might be a good idea to refrain from attacking drug companies again and again in your blog. Eventually, these companies will look up your blog and they will find that you were lying to them about how great you think their company is. HR personnel, while not known for their extraordinary intelligence, are not as dumb as you are.
2: If you must bite the hand you want to have feeding you, publish your blog under an alias and keep that alias to yourself.
3: Your blog is not a recruiting site for employers. It’s nice that you posted your resume, but it also shows that you’re not willing to protect the privacy of the former employers you are criticizing in your blog. The resume is also a useful tool for stalkers, but that’s a topic for another day.
4: If you persist on using your blog in an attempt to attract the attention of employers, please make sure you are writing quality posts. This is especially important if you seek to be a writer. If your work doesn’t rise above the quality of what everyone else is doing, you are giving potential employers a reason not to hire you. If you want to know how good your blog really is, ask someone who does not care about shattering your fragile self-esteem. If you ask, I’d be happy to
put you in your place gently suggest improvements.
5: If you harbor a profound disdain for the country you live in, keep it to yourself. Besides scaring off recruiters who are intelligent enough to appreciate their country, it’s not a very good strategy for securing government employment. And let’s be honest: who else is hiring much these days except the federal government? Oh yeah… the government can check out your blog if they do a background check, and having an alias won’t help your blog evade investigators.
6: You were never a professional studnet. You may have been a student, but not a studnet. If you’re too dumb to realize the dangers of working as a stud net, I recommend going downtown and finding yourself a nice comfortable street corner with the other prostitutes. (You may also want to avoid the aforementioned government investigators.) WordPress is a family site and there is no room here for prospective stud nets flashing their wares.