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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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 🙂