Keeping Work and Home Separate

I’ve often been asked if I worry about things on my blog being taken the wrong way at work.  Does blogging affect my chances at landing a prime job?  Do I care?  Let’s explore this further.

I am fairly easy to find.  Jason Cable from Pittsburgh, PA.  I don’t worry about my online presence when applying for a job.  If a potential employer finds me, I’m glad.  It clears up certain issues right away.  They know I’m gay.  They know I am opinionated.  The know I like blogging and cats.  If they have a problem with that, then I’m not the right candidate for that job.  I probably don’t want to work there anyway.  My opinion won’t be any different in a bad job market.  This is a conclusion I came to a long time ago.

I do wall off my personal and work lives.  For job searching, I use a separate email account that is on Gmail, not my domain.  I think the Gmail account looks more appropriate.  I only used LinkedIn for business contacts like former co-workers and a few recruiters.  Friends and family are not invited to my LinkedIn account.  This is used to search for jobs and candidates.  It is too valuable.

I am not friends on Facebook or Twitter with current co-workers.  Again, I want to keep a wall between work and life.  I am friends with several former co-workers on Facebook.  I also don’t use Facebook while at work.  I don’t blog from work.  To me, work is for work and every other time is for play.  It may seem like a harsh contrast.  It is.

I have done very well with keeping work and my social media lives separate.  Once you start muddying the waters, you will begin to have problems.  Imagine if you posted to Facebook while at work and your boss saw your post bitching about managerial effectiveness.  Keeping your personal and work lives separate may be a little difficult, but it is worth the effort.