I’m currently on the job hunt, and I know that some employers Google applicants, so lately I’ve been thinking about how I portray myself online.
I try to be vulnerable here in hopes that you will read it and be encouraged and maybe not feel alone.
But I wonder if that reflects poorly on me in the eyes of employers. Maybe I share too much and maybe I should keep my flaws secret and maybe too much vulnerability is a shortcut to unemployment.
Or maybe it shows I’m human and real and taking practical steps to better myself. Maybe it shows that I care about people and am losing my tolerance for all the crap we do to make ourselves look perfect. And maybe employers would like that. That’s what I hope.
Or maybe it’s a mixture of both.
How vulnerable is too vulnerable?
I don’t know.
And does it matter?
What’s more important, trying to help people or potentially improving my chances at getting a job?
Is there room for both?
And what’s more important, someone feeling not alone or me getting a better paycheck?
Could I help more people if I had a stable job? Is there a more employer-friendly way to help people?
And what’s more important, vulnerability or impressiveness? Is it better to prolong being vulnerable to some point in the future, be impressive in the moment, and then be vulnerable again when there is no risk?
But isn’t vulnerability always risky? Isn’t being vulnerable when its convenient not really vulnerability at all, but just another form of perfectionism?
And how vulnerable is too vulnerable?