One of the biggest challenges of Professional Individual Contributors is that we live in an era where everything is public. This is especially true for professional positions where technical acumen is expected. How can someone get hired for a technical position if you don’t even have a comprehensive online presence? Today’s resume is linked In (don’t forget the photo) and we blog*, facebook, and instagram.
Employers are also the primary provider of health care and wellness is the natural result (keep ’em from getting sick, and the price of healthcare will go down… right?) It makes sense that these two forces will collide.
Want an online support group for your cancer? Better not make it public and apply for a job. Got a weight problem? Don’t post that photo to your profile.
The point of today’s post is not to get into a long discussion of privacy and wellness, it’s to simply make the point that this is something to be aware of. The way I see it, if long articles like the link below are starting to appear about this topic and if public health information is going to be be posted online from the devices we wear, it will negatively affect the career opportunities of anyone who’s not in perfect health.
Makes me rethink the idea of an apple watch.