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Subject:Hiring Scenario From:"Julie F. Sullivan" <jhesselgesser -at- OXMOL -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 17 Dec 1997 13:10:03 -0500
You become disatisfied with your current job so you scope out the ads in the
local paper and look for jobs on the STC Employment web site. You're in
luck! You find several great positions advertised that seem right up your
alley. You prepare your cover letter, and resume (making sure to include
your email address and the URL to your personal web site.) Here's where
there are several paths that this scenario may take that relate to anonymous
A. The publications manager at the company you applied to is a techwhirler
member. He/she searches the archives for any posts that include your name.
There for all potential employers to read, he/she finds many personal
opinions and even a few comments about sexual harrassment at your last
position. You are eliminated from consideration on the basis of this
(publically available) information.
B. Before you mail your resume, you search the techwhirler archives looking
for the publications manager's name. You find several posts which you
believe show that he/she is a total incompetent. You decide you do not want
to work for this person and never mail your resume.
People, your posts are preserved for all to see in the archives. Don't be
foolish and write something that could hurt you two years from now!