Things TDot Likes: Persona Non Obscura

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Dec 8, 2009 in Things TDot Likes | Subscribe

I just got thoroughly, thoroughly mauled by my Ks final a couple hours ago.


And on top of it, the post-exam mood among my classmates was almost ebullient compared to the CivPro final on Saturday — meaning the curve will probably not be working to my advantage this time around :beatup:

So rather than pen an entry griping about my total inability to internalize basic contractual issues (again), I figured I’d just start studying for Thursday’s Torts exam and copy/paste a Facebook note I threw together for some of my 1L colleagues the other day:

Logo for Persona Non Obscura

I know a handful of you were/are irritated with me for sending you a Page suggestion a few hours ago — we all get a few dozen Page / group / event invites a day, and I just contributed to the volume. It was thoroughly hypocritical of me considering how much I grouse about all the notifications from Facebook, right?

Let me explain :P

As of last Tuesday, my fellow 1Ls started sending out applications to law firms for summer 2010 internships. On top of that, I know a handful of NCSU alums who are either still looking for their first post-collegiate work or are stuck working somewhere they’d prefer to leave.

And if you’re looking for a job, you need a website.

I know it seems excessive, maybe even a little ridiculous. But you want to have control over your online image, because Googling job applicants is all the rage nowadays. I didn’t believe it until just before the Fall semester started, when I was talking with a lawyer and randomly started getting questions about GOP politics — turns out a foundation’s web entry for a scholarship I got a few years back has me listed among the “Top 100 conservative students” in a Google search.

That’s where Persona Non Obscura comes in. It’s a company run by a friend of mine who I met just under a decade ago when we both worked for Apple Computer, and she provides an inexpensive option for students and recent grads who want to get started with a crisp website for job hunting.

You control what’s on your own personal site, which means you shape the narrative about yourself. In my case, I may be a conservative Republican but I work with Democrats and liberals too — higher education and students are what I care about, regardless of party affiliations.

And in case you’re worried I’d lead you astray, it’s a service I use myself — she created the website for my Student Senate President campaign back in 2007, and will be online shortly too ;)

I’ve tagged Ming-Hwi in this Facebook note if you want to get in touch with her for more information. Check out Persona Non Obscura online at or become a fan of the Facebook page @ :)

Check it out if you get bored, and spread the word as well :)

Have a great day folks! :D

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Dec 8, 2009 at 7:11 PM

I’ll definitely check it out! And the mauling? it happens to all of us. And you never really know…people often think they excelled or that something was a “cinch” (thus the glorious post exam euphoria), when in reality it was not quite as impressive a showing. Especially as a 1L. No offense intended! Anyway, my philosophy is that promptly putting it behind you and moving on to the next thing is the proper approach to exams.

Good luck on Torts! It’ll be over before you know it :)

Dec 9, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Thanks!! :D

And although I’d never *wish* for my colleagues to do poorly… if their euphoria turns out to be misplaced I won’t complain ;)


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