OBU has a nice resource page on Resumes, References, Interviewing, and More.
But based on recent history, there are a few other things OBU didn't teach you. Given its own dealings with personnel, you should definitely keep these points in mind. After all, actions speak louder than words. Of course, our fair alma mater would only abide by the highest ethical standards in its own personnel policies and procedures. So you should expect other prospective employers to play by the same rules.
- You may have heard that it's unethical for interviewers to ask private, invasive questions about your religious or political opinions that have nothing to do with the conduct of your job. Well, OBU now does this all the time.
- Do you have impeccable academic and personal credentials for teaching Bible and theology? Great... if you're a man. If you're a woman, don't bother. God has other plans for you.
- You may have thought that employers can't fire you for your personal opinions and beliefs, especially if you are doing an exemplary job. Well, maybe they shouldn't. But if they answer to a fundamentalist religious organization, they can. They have, and they will again.
- You may have thought that you have rights under contracts or institutional personnel policies that protect you from retaliation and baseless termination. You do, but if your supervisors work for a fundamentalist-controlled religious institution, they can dismiss you anyway. And can probably even convince themselves they are doing God's will by doing so.
- Want to be the dean of a Baptist university's religion school? It helps to be an old buddy of the state convention's executive director. "But the convention's executive director is not the boss of the university's president," you say. You're right, he's not. But he thinks he is. Apparently, that's all that matters.
And as you move out into the world of work to start