Regarding the job I thought I had

Someday I’ll tell you a cautionary tale about funding-contingent positions. But not on this blog. It will only be told over drinks, with names changed to protect the innocent. In any case, it’s a story for another day. The practical upshot is that I’m job hunting again.

So I’m writing this post for one particular audience: any hiring managers who found my CV in their inbox and decided to check out the blog. First off, thanks for stopping by! I’m quite proud of what I’ve built here. But more importantly: several of my recent posts have mentioned that I was starting a new job; if you read those posts, you might wonder why I just applied for a job with your organization. So let this post clear up any confusion: yes, I’m still unemployed. So please hire me!

As long as you’re here, dear hiring manager, there are a few other things I want you to know about my blog.

  1. This is not my only writing style. I adopt a certain “voice” here. It’s informal, conversational, sometimes rambling. Conventional grammar and punctuation take a backseat to the points I want to make. Which is not to say I’m sloppy (usually). When I do something like start a sentence with “which” or throw in an parenthetical aside (see what I did there?), it’s intentional. You might disagree with the choices, but please realize that I can write in a more formal tone when the product requires it.
  2. I keep a pretty strict firewall between my day job and my blogging. Some employers are worried that bloggers will air the organization’s dirty laundry. But I rarely even mention my employer or my work on this blog. Why would I need to? There’s a whole world of data and other people’s experiences to draw from. My own experience is a tiny sliver of what informs my writing. If you think my blogging might be a problem in whatever position I applied to, I assure you that we can work something out.
  3. You may not agree with everything I write here. That’s okay. I try to be thought provoking at the risk of being wrong. It’s more fun — and it’s also incredibly necessary. Our industry faces tough questions that intelligent people can disagree on. As I’ve said before, we should always be able to argue for ideas, with passion but without personal investment. I hope you’ll still hire me anyway.

Finally, here are a few of my favorite things I’ve written recently. The first one appeared on ForeignPolicy.com, and the rest are from this blog. They’ll show you more about my abilities than any cover letter possible could.

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