The company I work for is updating their website. Part of the project includes adding a biography of all the employees. Apparently, this is a trend in the world of consulting.
Last week, I was asked to do a quick write up of my background. Simple enough request.
I listed my education, background and where I live (the employees are scattered around the US since we all work from home).
So far, so good. Nothing too alarming.
This week, I got another email. Asking me about my hobbies, favorite thing about my job, assets I bring to the company, what I would do if I won the lottery, to list my favorite websites, etc.
I was also asked to include a photo of myself enjoying life.
Frankly, now I'm a little alarmed.
The line of the email that told me to "have fun with the answers and show my personality" didn't do a thing to ease my mind.
How does one sounds interesting, cool and professional at the same time?
Especially since I'm not exactly cool?
I'd love to answer that I send my weekends teaching classes on wine tasting, rock climbing and caring for stray animals, but it would be a big lie.
I chase my kid and hang out with my friends. If I get a few minutes to myself, I read a book, hit the gym or blog.
So now I have to find a way to sound interesting and professional.
I'm an engineer. Can't I just calculate some stuff and call it good?
This fluffy stuff freaks me out.