So yeah, we know it can get you fired, but can it get you hired?

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Okay, so people getting fired over their blogs are SO last night's ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings already.

What I'm far more interested in knowing is this: has starting a blog ever helped someone to actually land a gig? I know someone who started a blog for the sole purpose of getting a job. I think it worked for him, because right now he is dragging his pretentious book cover a few miles across Australia to start a new job. But he doesn't really count (sorry, Timmy T.) because he is really not human at all (as will be evident soon enough if you start reading his blog), but a chocolate cake of quite loathsome proportions.

Speaking of chocolate cakes... if you know of someone who did indeed manage to acquire gainful employment via their blogs, how much blogging did it take before the prospective employers came running, five tiered chocolate cake in one hand... oh, sorry. Wrong fantasy.

Let's try again.

So how long did it take for the prospective employers to come running, multi-million dollar, ink-still-wet-on-it contract in one hand and key to the luxury company car dangling from the fingers of the other hand, begging you to please enhance their humble little gazillion dollar company with your suspected glorious wit and wisdom ("suspected" because it's never actually been seen on your blog), your excellent typing skills of three words per five minutes (because they realise that it's your quirky but PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE, even ENCOURAGED affection for parentheses and asterisks and inappropriate insertion of exclamation points that could be slowing you down just a tiny bit) and your "disleksick" Kr8tiViteeeeEeeeeEe shining through in your perfect spellling and bad grammar (but they understand because Eengleesh is your second langweeeege) and constant procrastination.

What? What do you mean? NO OF COURSE THAT DID NOT DESCRIBE ME. What on earth in that above paragraph could possibly have incriminated me!?!?

Besides, I have an alibi. I was with a dog. (And he is willing to testify to that effect.)

Anyway, where were we?

Oh yeah. A job. Yes, that is something I would like very much. Well, truthfully, I prefer lying on the couch, but I have urgent life sustaining needs (like my need for three gallons of coffee per day) and my how-to book collection is seriously lacking.

Also, you can't get fired for your blog if you don't have a job to be fired from first. (See my logic? How can any employer resist such reasoning?)

So employers, here I am! And here's a copy of my resumé. It's a little bit outdated, but I've heard that it's against the law to discriminate just because you think something might be a bit old. (And I know a LOT about American law, especially since I'm a bit of an outlaw myself and all.)

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martha said:

What I want to know is how you manage to lie on the couch all day AND drink three gallons of coffee... Don't you get the jitters? And don't you have to pee?

maybe I don't want to know the answer if it involves any catheters or anything...

Blue said:

The only person that I have heard of getting a job was someone on blogger who recieved a six figure book deal.
Blue

deeleea said:

Totally hired... When can you start?

I'll meet you at the airport in the limo dahling... and take you straight home to Jones for a Swedish Massage and a cocktail... then put you straight to work...

Oh cr*p... totally wrong fantasy...

Will pay in peanuts?

Sweety said:

LOL :) Great post & loved reading your resume. Too funny!

Pimme said:

I've only heard rumors of "blogging talent scouts".

TimT said:

Now I have been linked on RedSaid, I am positively glowing with pride! Cool and hip South African American blogger links Australian dag!

My blog never did get me a job. Maybe some kind of anti-chocolate-cake prejudice, or something like that. I'll keep it going, though ... just to see how pointless I can make it.

People clicking on the links to my blog should probably bear that in mind... Thanks for the link Red!

Alison said:

Gee, maybe my husband should start a blog since he needs a new job. :P

lisa said:

That blog was really cute.

Mona said:

I am a photographer and have gotten a few freelance jobs through my blog.

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  • Mona : I am a photographer and have gotten a few freelance jobs through my blog.... [go]
  • lisa : That blog was really cute.... [go]
  • Alison : Gee, maybe my husband should start a blog since he needs a new job. :P... [go]
  • TimT : Now I have been linked on RedSaid, I am positively glowing with pride! Cool and hip South African Am... [go]
  • Pimme : I've only heard rumors of "blogging talent scouts".... [go]
  • Sweety : LOL :) Great post & loved reading your resume. Too funny!... [go]
  • deeleea : Totally hired... When can you start? I'll meet you at the airport in the limo dahling... and take... [go]
  • Blue : The only person that I have heard of getting a job was someone on blogger who recieved a six figure ... [go]
  • martha : What I want to know is how you manage to lie on the couch all day AND drink three gallons of coffee.... [go]
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