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November 13, 2005

Republicans Need Not Apply?

I've been looking for a new job. Why? After all, my current job isn't terrible, and there's plenty of room for growth within the company. However, the commute is killing me (2.5 hours each way). Plus, my husband has a new job that takes him 50 miles in the other direction, and I would like to be closer in case there's a problem with the kids during the day.

I've been sending out resumes left and right, and have had a couple of those initial screening phone calls, but that's it. I am looking both in my current field and in the field I hope to be in--education. I received my teaching certification in the spring of 2004. So what is it? Is it the economy? My skill set? Or something else?

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My mother and one of my sisters are absolutely convinced that my blogging activities are holding me back. They think that prospective employers receive my resume, punch my name into a search engine, and come across all of my blog writings. (I'm not using my entire name now, but I was in the past--and once on the Web, always on the Web.) I never blog about my company (why bite the hand that feeds you?), so why would prospective employers care?

As you may or may not know, I live in the Northeast--Connecticut, to be exact. And this area of the country is not exactly known for its conservative politics. There are conservatives scattered around but overall, it's a haven for liberals.

Unless I'm applying to work for a Senator or Congressman, my politics shouldn't matter. An interview should be based upon my experience and qualifications for the job. But if my mother and sister are correct, then those who are looking me up and deciding not to have me in for an interview because I hold conservative views are a bunch of hypocrites. Under the EOE law, no one may be discriminated against because of color, religion, etc. Why wouldn't the same be true for political persuasion?

I'm not entirely convinced of their theory, but what do some of my readers think? Could this be true, or are my mom and sister (my sister hasn't had to look for a job in almost 15 years) simply making me paranoid???

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Posted by Pam Meister at 11:15 AM | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0) | Personal
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2.5 Hours you must either work about 200 miles from home or on i95 between New Haven and Stamford!

Where in CT do you want to be. I'll keep my ears open.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at November 13, 2005 01:08 PM

i'd go with making you paranoid...seems like a lot of trouble to search the net just to see if you are a conservative or not...they'd just check your voter regerstration for that

Posted by: at November 13, 2005 03:59 PM

You may have a point. When I worked for Verizon Wireless, someone saw my Bush screensaver on my phone. At a meeting, 3 managers and some fellow reps announced to the room I was an ignorant Bush lover. They rode me the entire meeting. Management and colleagues were openly hostile when word spread that I was a 'Bush lover'.

Good thing they didn't know about my blog activities.

Posted by: Chris at November 13, 2005 05:58 PM

There are certainly fields where being a conservative is counted as three strikes against you. Education is one of them, all the more so in the Northeast.

Posted by: Van Helsing at November 13, 2005 08:11 PM

Ah, Hell, Pam, y'all come down South where you can get decent black-eyed peas and cornbread. You will never go back. Plus, the fact that you can teach the crumb-crunchers to pick cotton. And your husband can once again not be afraid to act like a dude. There's a place available right across the road from me.

Posted by: Two Dogs at November 13, 2005 09:50 PM

I don't think the employers take the time to search the net. I think it is just tough to find a job. My husband looked for one for a long time before he found one. We live in Nothern CA. He has a Master's Degree.

Posted by: Mrs. Media Matters at November 14, 2005 04:35 PM

It's hard to find a job. My brother has a PhD in math, extensive experience, is super-smart and can't find anything in his field.

I once had a one and half hour commute to work which sometimes stretched to two or more hours. It nearly drove me crazy.

Posted by: miriam at November 14, 2005 06:06 PM
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