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How online presence when you are a scanner..

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Hi all,

not sure this has already been tackled but:

How do you scanners manage your online presence when you have done several different jobs?

Useless reminding here that HR personeel nowadays scan the internet to get references of you. And that with the bad economy, employers expect you to demonstrate having done job xxx for yy years in zzz industry only. So very bad if you show having been docne different roles. I also live in Europe where the hiring/firing process is a bit more rigid in the main than in the Usa.

You cannot avoid being online nowadays. At least not on linkedIn (the network of professionals). You can set your FB account private so HR managers cannot see what are you busy with.

I also happen to have a domain name with my name and surname dot com which I am considering closing down as I do not know what "hat" I should be showing there.

What's your experience/opinion about the above?


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Yes, this is a huge problem for Scanners. It’s a struggle to keep your “professional” and side interests separate.

My LinkedIn profile is all related to my current Good Enough job, web design, with just a few mentions about photography and writing. But it's a huge problem because I'm interested in moving more into writing and away from web design. I can’t really change my profile because people at my work are in my network and if I start changing things, people will know I’m looking for other work. But new recruiters will only see web-related work. Dilemma!

My Facebook profile is closed off from the public. I make sure none of my photos are viewable by public or friend of friends unless they're “safe” (no risqué or embarrassing behaviour from anyone — I’m never in my own photos). I keep my profile private, and if I’m friended by co-workers, I give them limited access only (no viewing photos, no viewing comments, no viewing personal info). I'm a private person anyway, so I never felt like sharing every loose thought in my head on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else. Even my “friends” don’t get much interaction from me; I’m barely ever there.

Concerning photography, having spoken with many professionals, everyone mostly agrees that you only should show what you want to shoot to your prospective clients. This also means having a certain style that you stick with so that you can be better identified by that style. Well, I have lots of styles. My photography can be ultra clean and realistic, or gritty and “untechnical.” I like both looks for different reasons. I can set up pretty baby and portrait shots, but I also really like guerrilla style documentary shooting. I also like colour sometimes and black and white sometimes. Nothing wrong with shooting both, but again, most editors/art directors want to know what they're getting when they hire a photographer. And of course, because I'm such a Scanner, I haven't really developed/specialised into any genre enough to have a solid enough portfolio in just one thing.

So I have multiple websites. I have one with my full name for professional work and industry networking, and another under a business name for private shoots, side work, workshops, travel, and exercises. I’ve put strictly community network stuff on Flickr — Instagram, Hipstamatic, iPhone, and other heavily Photoshopped stuff. I’m considering shooting weddings as a second cam, and if I do that, I’d have to start a fourth website. Until I’m good enough (when will that be?) to show one strong body of work in one area, I have to keep things separate.

I know that using my full name URL for photography again cuts into my Good Enough job prospects, but whatever. I’m keeping my business name for Scanner business, so it makes sense to have photo galleries there with a myriad of styles and subjects. I’ll also be able to use the Scanner business to blog about Good Enough job skills.

(There’s a whole other third of my resume that has no presence online. Yet. I haven’t gotten around to making that part of my life a focus again, so until it strikes me that I want to, I’m leaving it alone.)

It feels schizophrenic at times — I have a dozen email addresses for signing up and networking with different contacts, and remembering what’s what is not easy — but I think it’s necessary to avoid things overlapping and having people think I’m “flaky.” By their standards, of course. My problem is that I’m not really a star at anything. I imagine it would be different if you were actually highly credentialed in most of your activities: you have an MBA from Harvard, published a best-selling book, won an Olympic medal, was featured on Iron Chef… Then it would be no problem putting all of that in your bio; instead of looking flaky, you’d look like a superstar. But that’s not me.
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Post by andreaballard »

LinkedIn has recently updated their profile pages so you can separate things a bit. They have added a section called "Volunteer Experience and Causes" and you could put some of your activities there, rather than in the Experience section.

Many employers actually like seeing people with multiple interests and connections in different parts of the community. It's the short length of service in multiple positions that can make them question how long you will be with their company. Unfortunately, they may believe you were asked to leave multiple jobs, rather than know that you were the one who left!

I believe a resume or a LinkedIn profile page is a marketing piece to get an employer interested enough in you to contact you and want to learn more. It is not a job application. You do not have to list every single job you've ever had and exactly how long you were there. Even though LinkedIn asks for the dates (month and year) when filling in previous employment history, you can just put the year and leave the month off.
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A difficulty is that I may or may not want to include certain things depending on the position. So either I (arbitrarily) focus my profile in one direction or I don't and then it's a mess.
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I've been using different versions of my name and creating business names for other areas of interest.

My first name is Patricia--so I'm Patricia in one place, Patty in another, Pat in still another, etc.

I work for myself, so I can DBA under the name of my company (which has its own federal ID number) and use many different names that way.
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Post by SquarePeg »

This is a great question -- something I've struggled with for a while.

I maintain two anonymous blogs, and each has it's own different URL, e-mail address and Twitter account.

I keep FB private and use my real name. My contacts are only family members and family friends, plus one Internet mate whom I trust a great deal.

I use LinkedIn with my real name, but it's for professional use. My network includes former and current coworkers and others I've met through engineering society meetings, plus a few Internet buddies. This account is linked with my main Twitter account.

I always ignore friend requests from people I don't know (and even from some whom I do know).

I would say if you're a school teacher and an exotic dancer, you should definitely use an alias for one or the other! But if you're an engineer who also does carpentry and plays mandolin, I don't see as much need to compartmentalize.

(And now I will read the other replies....)

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Post by PartTimeTed »

This has been such a huge deal for me too.

I run different businesses that are totally unrelated. I use my PartTimeTed name with my scanner related businesses.

I use my real name with my IT business.

The only social media I am really active with is Twitter because Twitter allows whatever level of anonymity or persona usage that you want.

I had to kill my Facebook account because my business associates wanted to friend me and I didn't want to mix them with my personal friends, some of whom are pretty rough around the edges. It just seemed like a nightmare to me. And I wasn't happy with the level of separation that Facebook offered for keeping groups separate.

Thank God for Twitter. Without it, I wouldn't be in social media much at all.

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