Authenticity is the hot word in the job and social media realm. You can easily define authenticity as real, honest, transparent, and genuine. If the definition is easy, then why is it so hard to find it? The answer is it varies if you talk to individuals.
The thing about authenticity is everyone knows what they’re looking for, but can they find it? Authenticity has two tiers: the one that’s on your profile and the one where you meet face-to-face. The one on your profile (resume, social media profiles) quantifies your attributes while going into the real world and meeting other people is the quality attribute of you. The latter is hard to determine and that is where most of us have a hard time looking for authenticity.
The main problem why it’s hard to determine if the person is authentic is we don’t know how many layers the person has. The person could be a straight shooter in all of their conversations; the person knows how to speak in different environments from on and off work to home; the person might be a terrible employee but might have a heart of gold; or the person might be a great employee but is a terrible person. There are a trillion plus possibilities of personalities, but people want to put labels. This is where the line is blurred if each of us want o be authentic or be authentic according to our opinions.
There are two things about being authentic:
- Keep an open mind to whoever you meet. There are some will surprise and some you expect and some will disappoint. That’s why we meet in person.
- We know who we are, but if someone has a different view about you, can you accept that answer? If not, can you defend yourself?
Basically, we all know what authenticity is, but can we see who’s authentic? That question depends on your point of view and gut instincts. Our judgment will lead to a certain direction, but is it the direction that you want?