Professionalism comes at a steep price

Matt Murphy

I’m a sellout. At least, that’s what it feels like.

I have a professional Twitter account where I tweet about relevant newsworthy topics and retweet exciting tidbits about journalism and other tedious things.

I have a WordPress blog supposedly devoted to all things “Professional Matt”, albeit I don’t use it particularly often. I haven’t quite succumbed to LinkedIn yet.

I hate all of it. I despise that I have to present a separate image to hide the one that my friends and family see, all for the benefit of potential employers.

When did the route to getting a good job begin including hiding one’s true self because it’s not good enough for those that hold the keys to my future financial stability?

I’ll be a starving author before I work for someone that wants me to be something I’m not. If some company can’t handle that I swear about baseball on a social media account, I’d rather not work for them anyway.

If that’s the world of hiring and workplaces we live in now, count me out. I always liked the idea of being my own boss anyway. My hit book can eventually be found on Amazon, keep an eye out.

Matt Murphy can be reached at [email protected] or @mattmurphy93 on Twitter.