When I started this blog back in May 2007, I was anonymous. I stayed anonymous until May 2008, when I started writing a weekly item for U.S. News & World Report and decided, what the hell, I'll use my name.
Overall, I'm glad to be able to attach my name to this site -- it's an awful lot of work to toil away in secret over -- but there have been a few weird effects:
* Sometimes people who are applying for a job with me make a reference to it -- as in, "well, I'm not going to answer the weaknesses question that way because I know you hate it" or whatever. It's a weird cheat sheet to how to interview well with me. Fortunately that hasn't skewed things too much, because ...
* Perhaps more interesting is the number of people applying for a job with me who clearly don't read it. People, google your interviewer. You may find a cheat sheet.
* I once received a cover letter from an applicant that was MY cover letter -- the sample I have posted here. She'd made a couple of alterations to it, but it was mine. I didn't know if she'd done it intentionally, realizing the site she'd taken it from was the site of the person she was applying with, or if it was pure coincidence, so I asked. She claimed it was the former, but that's so weird that I'm still not sure.
* Since my coworkers now know about my blog, I worry that they think that I must think I'm some perfect dream manager, which I'm not. I always want to tell them that I'm not deluded about this. I'm a better than average manager, but it's easier to give good advice most of the time than to get real life right every single day. (On the other hand, I have no idea how often they read it, if at all.)
I'm curious: Have other people who have switched out of anonymity been glad they did it? Regretted it? Suffered ill effects?