How to Look for a Job While Holding Firm to Your Convictions
I am a recent college graduate on the hunt for employment.
It's a tedious process, but I'm putting my resume out there and applying for various jobs while also attempting (and failing) at doing something I promised myself I'd do - stay neutral and try my best to be apolitical. I thought it would be best for my job search to attempt to appeal to companies and organizations by ensuring my opinions and ideas stay hidden. I didn't want my internet presence to come off as too strong or to display certain views that a potential employer might disagree with.
The more I read and learn, the more I have a hard time remaining complacent with current events that seem to be pushing America in a direction that is dangerous and harmful. I have been reading a lot of blogs, books, and articles about how protesting, revolting, and dissenting is the way to fight back against ideologies that are oppressive and unprogressive in nature. I was especially inspired and energized by the volumes of people that showed up to Women’s Marches on January 21st not only in the U.S., but all over the world. The values and principles that this march was built directly align with my personal values, so to see so many people get out and show up to stand up for their believes was moving and refreshing. I hope the marches turn into a movement and that the people who participated continue to speak up, advocate, and affect change.
I decided, I don't want to compromise my beliefs (which I am passionate about) in order to feel as though I am displaying myself in the most neutral, professional way possible. I want to continue to express my opinion, share articles, and share artwork that is explicitly political because I want to look back at this important time in history knowing that I was strong and empowered by standing up for inclusivity, reason, and logic, and for expressing my support for artists, musicians, creators, and actors that use their art and creativity to make their voices heard. Artists have an important job to do coming up, and I'm proud to follow artists who aren't afraid to be activists, as well. Art and activism go hand-in-hand. Artists that are inspired by discontent, politics, and current events are sure to have a lot of material to draw upon.
Here are some important articles and pieces of art that I feel are important to read and think about: