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Part of leaving any job is getting things ready for the next person who sits in your chair.

In my case, that person is going to have some big shoes to fill. It’s not that I think that highly of myself, it’s just that over the years, a lot of odd jobs have fallen into my space, and they’re the kind of things that have to get done, and no one else even thinks about them because I make sure they get done. And that made no sense… really.

Put another way, unless they hire someone in time for me to do some training, there is going to be a train wreck. Seriously.

Meanwhile, the job hunt begineth.

I’ve started shopping around. Or peddling myself, to be more accurate. And along with the updated resume (oh wasn’t that a fun thing?) comes things like companies searching various “social networking” sites to see what a potential employee is up to online. Oh yeah, and the various “professional networking” sites, let’s not forget those paragons of the information age.

Thus I find myself forced to take a serious look at my “public persona” – at what people can find and see of me. And of course, how easy am I to find based on my resume information? And do I go ahead and share my blog, various sites, etc? Or do I keep them hidden, hoping to not be found?

I don’t recall having this problem eight years ago.

I didn’t have to assemble a portfolio of my work (oh, goody, you wanna see my etchings?)

I didn’t have to worry about a potential employer seeing something distasteful (to them) on MySpace, YouTube, FaceBook, etc, etc, etc, etc. I didn’t have to worry about updating my LinkedIn profile either.

Mind you, I am a child of the digital age, and I love that my job search can be done primarily from the comfort of my little chair, sitting in front of the computer, coffee cup in hand.

But at the same time, it’s a bit daunting.

The more research I do, the more I find more and more companies turning to the Internet. And why shouldn’t they? There’s a wealth of info out there, and it certainly benefits the employer as well (goodness, my company stopped putting paper ads in a while ago and now relies exclusively on the ‘net.)

And really, I have nothing to hide.

It’s just a new version of that age old dilemma – how much information do I give a prospective employer? How much do I tell them about me? How much do I let them see? But now it has a new twist – how much can they find, and does it reflect well on me as a potential employee?

And so I enter the marketplace, putting my best foot forward, even if it is clad in html and .com instead of stockings and good leather pumps, and hoping for the best.

Yes, my blog, my “presence” online is who I am – such as it is – and while it may change, adapting to new requirements, new responsibilities, etc (as does everything in life), it’s not going to go away. I’m not going to cease doing what I do.

And so, for what it is worth – hey world! Here I am. Like it or lump it.