I just received a master's degree and am looking to move into the technical field I trained for. Over the years, I have increased my profile in the creative fields I pursue part-time (writing, theatre, etc). This poses a challenge to my "by day" career, which sustains my creative work, and the new direction I want to take. How do I separate my professional identities so that they don't conflict, and interfere with my goals? Yadda yadda snowflake after the cut.
It's an employer's market. I want to refine my professional identity accordingly, and I think two identities are better than one.
I need to promote my creative work. But I don't want my creative work to prevent me from a better-paying, interesting job that will enable to me to weather the ups and downs of the creative life better.
I don't want people to use my creative work against me - for example, my faculty advisor told me to limit my "playtime", which is what she considers non-academic writing. Even though I'm usually paid
for this writing.
I don't want to be limited to uncontroversial endeavors, either, for instance, only working on plays that are "family safe".
Writing is only part
of what I do, so it's not a situation where I could use a nom de plume and forget it. Both my first and last names are unusual.
I have, in the past, had both relevant creative work, creative credits and my technical experience on the same resume, which made sense when I was working in corporate video or pursuing a copywriting position.
If you position yourself as a superstar whiz kid, I think you can spin doing some very different things under the same brand. However... Most of the patronizing things described in this thread, written by a woman who appears young and "sweet" to her colleagues
have happened to me. I'm fluffy (girlish and plump) and taken for a decade or more younger than I am. My accomplishments are debated more, I suspect, because of the way I look. I had one promising interview go sour the minute the hiring manager saw me, after telling me by phone that I was the only qualified candidate that had applied; she quickly told me I was too inexperienced.
Some hiring managers have also been thrown by my non-traditional job history, which includes freelance work, technical contracts, and entrepreneurship. I would have happily been doing what I do now (day job underwriting my creative endeavors), but in lieu of a traditional job (during a recession, and while my husband was in the military), I did those other things. I like having a day job that's somewhat social and offers intellectual challenges. It feeds my other work. Also, the money.
Anyway, a more traditional hiring manager may think that I'm not as interested in the technical profession I've trained for.
Currently if my name is googled, both my professional and my creative stuff currently pop up. I know a screenwriter who has two LinkedIn accounts - one for his film experiences, the other for his retail management career. I'm wondering if I shouldn't do that.
If you have this challenge, how do you handle it? Multiple resumes? Do I create two LinkedIn accounts? Do I use different versions of my name? What are the long term ramifications of juggling two very different careers today?