“Down-Town, Everything’s Waiting for You … “

Big old building!There once was a time — it seems a million years ago — I was having to drive in downtown Dallas all the time, finding this office or that, navigating the maze of busy, narrow one-way streets and somehow getting where I needed to be. Visiting friends and relatives would marvel at my calm ability to pilot a car through the urban labyrinth while at the same time avoiding the violent death of everyone in the car.

But, as I said, that was another lifetime, and since then I have enjoyed a peaceful, sheltered existence in the far suburbs. The hazards of the asphalt gauntlet have become but a distant, hazy dream — until today.

Today I found it necessary to brave the city’s gaping maw once more, as I was tasked with one of the seven Holy Quests: Interview for the Job.


But seriously: Recently a corporate H.R. specialist that we know, the daughter of my wife’s co-worker, was giving me some pointers on how to polish my resume in order to better get a job, or at least an interview.

Her chief recommendation: Make no mention, ever, that I have a blog. If the word “blog” comes up in conversation, I’m supposed to say, “What’s a blog?”

She said something along the lines that not only have blogs never helped anyone get a job, but that merely bringing up the subject of blogs would cause most Human Resources people to accuse me of being a witch or some other kind of creature with unsavory ties to the supernatural.

Okay, maybe that’s not quite what she said, but that’s how I remember it.

I usually try to downplay my blogging on my resume anyway, unless communications skills are somehow part of the job requirement, but either way it hasn’t seemed to help.

The reason I bring this up is because my interview today was for a job in which not only did I not have to hide my five-year track record of blogging, but it was actually an integral part of why they wanted me!

Even more interesting is the fact that the interview was not for a blogging or writing job, but for a corporate job in which social networking played an integral part.

Suddenly all these years of rattling on about trivial stuff, of posting pictures of mundane things, of posting on forums about Lost and Survivor and Elder Scrolls, of playing a wood elf druid, and, more recently, churning out quirky videos and music and dog pictures, have finally reached a critical mass and are considered to be a web presence.

‘Bout freaking time.

As for the interview itself, it was exhilarating to be, for once, elaborating on my blogging techniques and on web theory as it applies to social networks. This was the first time ever in my life that a boss or potential boss was listening to what I knew on the subject and actually understood the words coming out of my mouth.

I’m not sure a work authority figure has ever actually achieved the listening part of that equation with me before, much less tried for understanding.

Whether I actually impressed the interviewer to a sufficient degree is still to be seen, but I’m just thrilled that we were able to have that particular conversation without him looking at me like I just flew in from Mars and said, “Must kill all humans!”

Sometimes the little victories are the sweetest.

5 Responses to ““Down-Town, Everything’s Waiting for You … “”

  1. kim Says:

    Wow… that’s way cool. I’d love to go to a job interview where the blogging skills were helpful.

  2. pam Says:

    Now, that’s a good interview! LOL!

  3. RennyBA Says:

    Not to mention that you are a blogger on an job interview? What kind of advice is that? I would say experience from blogging is a great capability whatever job you are applying for.
    I’m glad you’ve experience the same!
    Btw: Have you made a registration on LinkedIn – a great way to promote yourself too, you know. Se my profile here!

  4. brykm2 Says:

    Kim & Pam — Yeah, it was definitely a once in a lifetime experience!

    Renny — Maybe that’s how it is in Norway, or in your particular industry, but, as you can tell from Kim and Pam’s reactions, American HR drones don’t prize blogging experience. And since I’ve been leaving blogging off my resume (unless it’s really relevant), I’ve been getting a lot better response. I know what I’m talking about here.

    PS: I registered on LinkedIn months ago, Renny, and you’re one of my contacts! You sent me a LinkedIn message in January!

    (I always make a lasting impression on people, as you can tell … )

  5. karlyn Says:

    Hey you!!!! You made an impression on me ! And it seems to be lasting.

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