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  •  Shot on the Job Hunt

    Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

    The first 20 student comments on “Shot on the Job Hunt” win a $5 Yiftee gift to a local business. Use your gift to try out that new flavor of ice cream at Mission City Creamery or spend it on two slices of your favorite pizza at Pizza My Heart. Entries must be received by midnight, Sunday, February 16th, 2014. Subscribe to the blog (by RSS or by e-mail in the right hand column) for updates.

    **DISCLAIMER: All characters and scenarios in this post are fictional.**

    Mike is a senior public relations major at a large university preparing to join the work force. One night, he gets in a conversation with his roommate Anne about career options and applying for jobs. Anne is also a public relations major, so they have similar interest in what they would like to do after college.

    Mike finds out that Anne has recently applied to a company called Reed PR. Anne went to the career fair the previous quarter and found a contact with Reed to network with. After some time networking and finding out more about the company, Anne determined that it was her first choice company to work for. She spent hours putting together a solid application. During her conversation with Mike, Anne shows him a blog that she created for her application with her cover letter, resume, recommendation letters, writing samples, and fun facts.

    The next morning, Mike decides to follow Anne’s example and create his own job application blog. He copies Anne’s format and finds out how Anne created her blog. He regularly checks Anne’s blog to look for tips in order to get a job. Mike decides to send his new blog to Reed PR as well, without telling Anne. He doesn’t think it’s important to let her know.

    About a month later, Mike hears back from Reed PR that he has been invited to interview with the company. Mike tells Anne this and finds out that Anne hasn’t made it on to the next round. Anne is surprised that Mike applied to Reed and is upset at him for not telling her and copying her application format. She feels betrayed.

    In a competitive world, was it okay for Mike to apply to the same job as his roommate? Should Mike have told Anne that he applied? Is it unethical that Mike copied Anne’s job application blog format? Does Anne have the right to be upset at Mike, or should she get over it?

    Useful Resources:

    A Framework for Ethical Decision-Making

    On the Job Hunt, Trust No One

    You and Your Friend Applied for the Same Job. What to do?

    What to Do When You’re Competing With a Friend for a Job

    Photo by Gvahim available under a Creative Commons license.

  •  Student Intern: Chloe Wilson

    Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

    Chloe is a Seattle-area native and a senior at Santa Clara University, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Music. She currently works as one of the Big Q social media interns, and writes the posts for the blog. Chloe is also a part of the University Honors Program, a member of SCU's first Ethics Bowl team, former CMO of Kappa Alpha Theta, co-President of SCU A Cappella, co-leader of Supertonic!, a worship leader at her church, and the Campus Relations Coordinator for Core Christian Fellowship. Chloe will be graduating early in March, and is currently deciding where her post-college path will take her!

     

  •  Contributing Writer: Anthony Gill

    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

     Anthony is currently a freshman at Santa Clara University, originally from Spokane, Washington.He is undeclared in the College of Arts & Sciences. He is involved with Into the Wild, our outdoors club; Christian Life Community, an organization through Campus Ministry; and event and activity planning for Unity RLC. In the fall, Anthony and a few friends worked to start SCU Snapshot, a photography club for beginners through experts.

  •  Contributing Writer: Kaitlin Fuelling

    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

    Kaitlin is a senior at Santa Clara University. She is planning to graduate this June with a major in marketing and a minor in communications.  She currently works in the Bronco Athletic Department, and is a member of the Triathlon Club and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. 

     

  •  Contributing Writer: Mikaila Read

    Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

     Mikaila Read is a junior at Eastern Washington University, where she is also the president of the university philosophy club, The Trascendental Apathetic. She self identifies as an, "old soul," and a "closet musician." In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, volunteering in her community, and songwriting/singing. Mikaila hopes to go onto graduate school and eventually become a professor of philosophy.