What Can “Blog” Do For You?

Some time ago I nearly created a rift within my own family when I compared blogging and “MySpacing”. As I admitted in the comments for that same post, the comparison and my disparaging remarks of MySpace were in jest. However, this week I have been thanking my lucky stars once again that I decided to set up this blog.

Having decided that I would seek out new employment, I have been spending time online perfecting and posting my resumé on various online job-hunting websites (e.g. Monster, Careerbuilder). I have not had much luck, but I also have not tried very hard since my current job is paying the bills and so I am able to take my time. My post-college work experience is limited to my current job. And since my current occupation is very specialized, it is hard to apply the skills I have gained at MTI to other companies and industries. Then I received an interesting, unexpected email.

The email was from the HR Specialist of a company called DasNet Corporation (pronounced DAHS-net) located in Bohemia, NY. The correspondence stated that DasNet was seeking a candidate with a B.S. in Business Administration to work as a Technical Writer at the company’s Warner Robins location. Since my resumé boasted good communication skills and a Business degree, they were interested in holding a telephone interview with me on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. I decided that, even though I wasn’t sure that I was what they were looking for, I didn’t have anything to lose, so I accepted. I received a response to my acceptance email on Wednesday morning, the day of the interview. Only this time the HR specialist stated that the hiring manager now wanted a face-to-face interview with me for the same time. This made me a little uncomfortable since I was not mentally or otherwise prepared for a face-to-face interview. But I decided that it would be okay. Once again, I had nothing to lose. Until I read the final sentence of this email.

“Please bring a sample of your writings with you to the interview.” Shot who? A sample of my what? What writings did she mean? There is no way I could bring a sample of any professional work because I had never worked as a technical writer. I looked over my resumé again thinking that perhaps I had given them reason to believe that I had. But no, there is nothing there to indicate any past professional writing (technical or otherwise). Then I remembered the review and beginner’s tutorial that I had written two days prior for ScribeFire Firefox browser extension. At least it was the only thing I had posted in recent memory that wasn’t a silly story or some theological treatise. I quickly printed it out (with a few minor changes) and hoped for the best.

The interview went well and lasted about two hours. This was mainly due to the fact that the hiring manager is extremely talkative, but very friendly. It was probably the most enjoyable interview that I have ever had. And when he asked for a sample of my writing I handed him the copy of my humble blog post. He read it, asked a few questions about ScribeFire and then commented that my writing is very clear and easy to read. I smiled to myself, thankful that I have a blog.

I am very interested in this job now due to the positive interview experience and everything that the hiring manager told me about the position. The position involves writing proposals to be presented to DasNet’s potential clients so there is a great deal of marketing and salesmanship that goes into writing them. This is right up my alley and is in line with what I would like to do: use the knowledge that I gained through my business degree program. This sounds like a great opportunity and came right when I had begun to pray for a new job. God gets all the glory for this one because I never would have thought of myself as a candidate for a job such as this one. Now they have not made me any kind of offer (he stated that it may be a couple of weeks before I hear anything) but if I am offered the position, and the salary is right, then chances are I will take it.

This experience just goes to show that blogs can not only be a fun pastime but having one might just land you a job. Top that, MySpace!

Josh H.

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