When we take personality out of our engagements, the world of authenticity dilutes. Most of us have uploaded profiles to social media sites including Linkedin with one primary objective. Of course the objective is to sell ourselves in the best light possible.
I was pondering this minutes ago when updating my profile on Vimeo. Revisiting my Linkedin profile it occurred to me there was something missing, and missing for the good reason insofar as that there's no optional section that encompasses revealing a little of our actual personality.
How many times has an applicant rocked up to an interview suited and booted, make up askew (sorry random memory!) and completely at odds with expectations derived from our brief perusal of the litany of qualifications and the experience dense Resume on our desk. A resume rarely encourages the nuances of humour, irony, point of view and any sense of flavour beyond an indication that the shape of the peg (the applicant) is roughly in accordance with the shape of the hole (the JOB) that needs fitting.
There are unfortunately jobs that require humans to do mindless non human interactive endeavours that for some reason haven't quite been replaced by technology and for which personality, joie d'vivre and inspiring vibratory energy are overkill and unnecessary. I genuinely pity those who have to tread this path of soullessness.
There is of course the increasingly and apparently acceptable tactic of peaking (stalking?) at the other more revelatory sources of our real world applicant's identity. Facebook, Instagram immediately come to mind. An absent minded failure to click the right privacy setting and low and behold the applicant is unmasked.
I'll assume by now you've filtered this message through the tongue in cheek lens for which I've intended. I appreciate that there's significant risk is revealing our warts and all to a beige HR recruiter for whom bland legal speak jargon interspersed with a form of management speak is the norm. For some employers however myself included this ritual (form of application), is excruciating in the extreme.
On the rare occasion that an applicant exhibits human traits in their application, and by human I mean by my biased perspective, inclusive differentiation, intrigue, humour (risky I'll grant) and left field utterances, I've lingered longer and given more credence than the thickness of the application might normally warrant.
Authenticity is risky because it encompasses those warts we all have in abundance but have spent a lifetime hiding under the bed. There's an upside I believe in sharing a few warts. Personally I find the non medical manifestations interesting. You once lap danced for all and sundry at your sister's wedding in 2010, you have a conviction for possession of some ecstacy tablets from the 90's, and perhaps you've sworn off alcohol since that Garuda incident coming back from Bali in the 80's.
I get that it's a competitive world, and that how we present ourselves needs some crafting as our species are the only judgemental species that have probably ever lived and we are indeed being judged through someone's particular barometer of right and wrong, but wouldn't it be nice to have a section where we could reveal just a few truths that hint at who we truly are?
That said I'm not revealing any juicy tid bits from my sheltered past (irony for those still in analytical mode!) but thought I'd conclude with a paste of the aforementioned profile update
London born, Irish educated and permanent resident of sunny Perth (that's the Australian version not Scotland!)
Online to Inspire and be Inspired. Ex international athlete, once in a hole to the tune of $200K in net debt, serial business builder and irrationally optimistic
Passionate about life balance and hardcore anti selling hours for dollars. My 3 core businesses Keypoint, Elite Performance Academy and My Business Genie share one trait, they inspire ASPIRATION and nurture people's progression from Dreams, to Belief and ultimately Execution.
I have no room in my head for management speak and corporate layers of management. The two business philosophy's I most value are: Client Care Factor and inspiring a business Wow factor.
My addictions include Chocolate, Coffee, English Premier League Football - particularly Chelsea with an occasional (daily) dash of Rum and Coke and not least the company of up beat, positive and funny people, usually encompassing all my friends and most family!
Wishing all who've stumbled onto this post and reached the punchline an outstanding 2017 inclusive worrying less, smelling more roses, identifying the ubiquitous nonsense in the world and laughing regularly