Monday, January 16, 2017

Linked in Pt. 2

Reposting an old post from the last blog.

Last post, I talked about setting up your Linked In profile, and getting the basics setup.  Now that you have your mentors, and your ever growing network.  What’s next?

Your resume should tell a story about who you are and how you affect companies.  One great way to do this is to touch on the high points of the major jobs you have held in the past in the Summary section.  I picked out the most important piece of work I did for each company, focusing on those most relevant to the type of work I enjoy and excel at.  I gave a description of what I did, who I did it for, and what I took away from it.  The general rule of thumb I use on these is something I picked up some time ago.  Keep the descriptions brief, without compromising the story you are trying to tell.  We will get to the nitty gritty details later in the Experience section.

The Projects section is something I have only recently started to focus on.  This, Skills and Certifications are likely to be the areas I focus on the most.  When I complete a project of significance, I’ll include it under projects if it showcases a skill I have learned, or one that demonstrates my capabilities.  I especially like to use this when I’m asked to step outside of my normal role.  I think it shows flexibility, so long as it is something you enjoy doing.  I have found many of the questions I get through linked in usually stem from these extra projects.  I haven’t determined how long to leave a project on the list before rolling it off, or even if I should.  Any thoughts on that would be welcome.

Experience should be an extension of your Summary.  Here we tell more of the story, explain not only what you did, but why, and maybe a teaser on the how.  You want to be detailed on any technology, or specific processes you used, or training you received.  I have also found that my jobs tend to change as time goes on.  I try to revisit my current role at least every 6 months, and update it to to match what I’m doing now.  Also, when I sit down to verify I’m still on track in my career, I review all of my experience.  If my career path changes, so do the relevant details of what I did at those former jobs.  Additionally, new perspective on what you do now, may reveal that something you didn’t think much of before, has more relevance now.  I once determined that an old script I built at a former employer, totally described how I can think out side of the box.  I leveraged that experience, to go on and land an awesome job.

This is an ongoing process, one I do, and re-do.  Often when skimming, I’ll find something that just doesn’t sound right and start futzing with it.  Someday I’ll get it just right, and there will be no need to update the profile anymore.  Maybe after just one more update…

Good Luck!

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