A good friend recently told me that I have a famous twin! He said that I look just like Betsy Brandt, the actress who plays Marie on “Breaking Bad”, a hit show on AMC. Evidently, Marie is a bit of a whacko! My friend assured me “I’m just saying you look like her. You don’t act like her!” Not long after, a server at a popular restaurant in Warwick, RI stopped at my table and said the same thing!
Afterward, my friend and I kidded that it would have been fun to play along with it and have the woman believing that I was Marie! But, she may have then gone to the bar or kitchen and told everyone that Marie is in the restaurant! Although it may have been fun, it could have been a huge mistake. I’d have to go on pretending to be a famous actress, or own up to my deception.
Being honest with yourself and others is vital to career success. Providing a potential employer with false information about your work experience and/or educational background can have devastating effects on your reputation and future employment. The last thing you need is a fraud charge!
The same holds true when you are deciding upon a career. It’s important to identify your personal interests, values and abilities. Research on careers and personality type substantiates that forcing yourself to do something that does not align with your personality can have negative, even detrimental, consequences. Don’t put on a “professional mask” and try to become something you are not.