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Employment history

April 13, 2009

I’ve always been amused by the “employment history” that my dissertation advisor (a widely accomplished and world-renowned philosopher) has included on her personal website.  In addition to “philosophy professor,” this employment history includes jobs such as “waitress at Pizza Hut,” “babysitter,” “newspaper inserter on an assembly line,” and “lab assistant in nuclear research facility.”    While I’m sure that this list and its inclusion on her website is meant to offer a political statement about class and labor (perhaps leading to an article some day entitled “The Politics of the Curriculum Vitae” or “Class-ifying Employment Histories”), I also think that it is a fun and interesting exercise in and of itself.

In the spirit of all that is fun and interesting (and heck, in the spirit of making political statements about class and labor) I’ve included my own employment list below.  It would be great if some of your own employment histories could show up in the comments section!


Orthodontic office “sterilization technician” (i.e. I sterilized the dirty instruments)

Piano teacher

Writing tutor

Undergraduate supplemental instructor in philosophy

Philosophy tutor

Inter-library loan clerk at university library

Law office receptionist

Teaching assistant in philosophy


3 Comments leave one →
  1. renbeth permalink
    April 14, 2009 9:07 am

    Hmm, yes, I look forward to “The Politics of the Curriculum Vitae.”

    Here’s mine:


    Peer Counselor for elementary students

    Library Page (at local community library)

    “Impacter” at Mervyn’s (Seasonal temp job – I “impacted” the store by walking around and folding the clothes people messed up and putting away merchandise left in the fitting rooms)

    Bookseller at Barnes & Noble

    Circulation Desk Assistant (at university library)

    Customer service/billing representative for a small company selling children’s educational products

    Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator for a non-profit

    Director for a jr. high youth group

    Teaching assistant

    Haha. It was funny to go back and look at my old resumes and remember some of these funny little seasonal jobs I had. Great idea, Kristen.

  2. jenny permalink
    April 14, 2009 7:17 pm

    Ok I’ll play:

    Box folder (my mom was an accountant at a box making company…I think I got $50 for folding like 900 billion boxes…I thought it was great…I was only in elementary school).

    Salad girl
    Carry out girl
    Telxon Agent
    Customer Service Rep
    Student Assistant for a campus scholarship program
    Student assistant at an archivist
    Salon Coordinator
    Phone book delivery person
    Receptionist/accountant assistant/filer
    Student Archivist
    Associate Archivist
    Baby sitter
    Marketing Coordinator
    Executive Assistant
    and finally a job with no title doing various projects mostly marketing related!

    Wow I’ve had a lot of jobs! 🙂

  3. May 12, 2009 11:23 am

    Library page at local library

    Home Depot cashier


    Campaign manager

    Accounts Manager @ Political Consulting Firm

    Assistant Director of Public Relations

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