Mission Statement

Mission Statement

I drafted this post quite a while ago. I’ve decided to post it as I’ve been ‘wobbling’ over the last few days. For anyone who might be wondering ‘wobbling’ means feeling on the verge of being overwhelmed by anxiety and negative thoughts. It means fighting a sense of loss of self, and complete uncertainty about what I am and where I am going. A mental smothering crisis in confidence. It means fighting an exhausting and paralysing battle against a surge of negative thoughts, some of which are successfully combated with an opposing CBT statement, some of which slip through to take a nick out of your soul.

It’s useful to have a statement of what I am and what I want to be. Something in black and white that was updated in a calmer time and can help the brain focus at a time when it is struggling to tune in on the right channel.

I’m reminded of movie quotes. I’m struggling to shake off feeling like Galadriel,

‘I will diminish, and go into the West’

and instead feel more President Whitmore,

‘We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!  We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive’

 

Preamble aside, my mission statement is a collection of statements that has grown over the last few months:

mission

  • Be A Good Husband And Father
  • Follow Through On The Premium Indulgence Ltd Business Plan
    • Gain Business Skills by Doing a Hands On ‘MBA’
    • Help Louise Have The Most Successful Business Possible
    • Establish a Company that We Can Work On Part Time / Hand Over As This Would Be The True Test Of A Well Run Company
  • Continue To Look For IT Related Work and Study Computer Science
    • IT Business Analyst
    • Analyst Developer
    • IT Tester / QA role
    • Valuation Control/Risk, Mark Review
    • Technical Data Analyst
    • Application Support Analyst
  • Study Something Every Day
    • This was Coding. Right Now It’s Business Planning but I’ve not been doing this Every Day. I Will Fix This.
  • Make Contact With More People, i.e. Expand My Network
    • Make Contact With At Least 1 Person Every Day
  • Practice mindfulness –  focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations
    • Notice the everyday
    • Keep it regular
    • Try something new
    • Watch your thoughts
    • Name thoughts and feelings
    • Free yourself from the past and future
  • Be Assertive: Sincere and Direct
  • Show Empathy And Listen to Everybody
  • Give Ongoing Positive Feedback to Everybody
  • Have A Journey Mindset
    • This Means That Personal Development Must Be Continuous
  • Have A You and Me Mindset
    • This Means Putting Other People’s Needs and Wants On An Equal Level As Your Own
  • Acknowledge And Embrace the Temporalness Of Life and Work
    • It’s Fine To Try And Then Quit
  • Fail Fast
  • Do Your Best At Whatever You Do

The Ideal Job For The Ideal Employee

The Ideal Job For The Ideal Employee

I had a meeting with someone I met on a course who is in a similar position and we discussed the kind of employee roles we should/could be looking at. It helped clarify some of my own thinking. This post is an attempt to bring together a couple of threads. Firstly I should state some basic values and needs distilled from an earlier post. Then I’m going to drill into my experience and background, and consider what I am good at and enjoy. Then I am going to state my current career goals for employed work.

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It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know

Post career at old Firm, my plan has been to spend May, June and July figuring out what to do next and let my imagination run free. When it comes to Networking, I’ve been thinking I would avoid it until I have a clear objective. The clear objective or objectives to have magically popped out by the end of July ;-). However the Penna networking course I did the other day convinced me that this is not necessarily the best approach and that my muddledness could actually translate into some clear networking objectives. The instructor painted a compelling picture which looked like this:

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UK National Insurance

UK National Insurance

Buried in a handout for a self-employment course I was doing the other day was the statement, “it is important to register as unemployed as soon as you can even if you intend to start a business. This ensures that your National Insurance contributions are credited from the appropriate date.” Really? This was the first I’d heard about it. It sounded like an important thing to do. I was wondering why I hadn’t come across this before on the list of things to do when made redundant. As a high rate tax payer,  I assumed there was no point rushing down the JobCentre Plus as I would not be entitled to any help in the current tax year. Should I?

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Making the most of LinkedIn

Making the most of LinkedIn

I attended a course on making the most of LinkedIn the other day. Here are the main points that I noted down:

  • Turn Off Update Notifications to your network when making updates you don’t want to share TurnOffUpdates
  • Create a custom short url to link to your profile

    You can set up a Public Profile URL by clicking the gear underneath your profile.

  • Use the public profile URL in your Email Signature.
  • The Profile Description should advertise What You Are. Think of covering these 3 points at least in the 120 chars: Job Title, Key Skill, Strength.
  • The Location can be anywhere. It’s better to highlight where you work/want to work rather than where you live. You can put in any postcode.
  • The Ranking you have influences how high up you list on searches so improve it by doing things like filling in as many sections as possible and making updates.Ranking
  • Ask people to write Recommendations for you. These are basically short personal references.
  • Join Groups and join in Discussions.
  • Blog some interesting updates.
  • Follow Companies you are interested in.
  • Get Endorsements from people. Move endorsed skills higher up the list.
  • Add Interests but the Key Words should match your Profile and Skills/Endorsements .
  • Make sure Key Words are Consistent across your:
    • CV
    • Skills / Endorsements
    • Profile Summary
    • Interests
  • Use a Word Cloud generator to analyse a bunch of Job Descriptions to check your Key Words match what you want to apply for. This one uses WordItOut but there are others. This example is just using the text from one description.worditout
  • Add old/other Email Addresses. These help people find you if they only have an old email address, e.g. at an old company.
  • Fill in Advice for Contacting to describe what you are looking for.
  • If you don’t know someone, consider calling a new contact request first before accepting.
  • The advanced Search in LinkedIn can be used to find things like, the locations of IT departments
  • Have a Smiley Picture 🙂