I’m LinkedIn – a bit

The plan today was to set up some kind of profile on LinkedIn. I’m attending a course on making the most of this later in the month so I wanted to have set up the basics. There are some recruitment consultants and acquaintances I could connect with but I’m holding off for the moment until I’ve decided on what my pitch is.

The first thing I came across on LinkedIn was a job advert from my friend’s startup called Attest which is building a new market research platform. This led me off on a tangent down the Plan B route where I discovered 2 websites:

The first has job adverts of the paid and unpaid variety but both are pushing pay-for-advice on alternative careers. You can really spend a lot of money on these types of courses!

At the budget end of the market, it did throw up some interesting books to add to the reading list:

These have gone on the Plan B to-do list. I’ve set up 2 boards on Kanbanchi for my 2 themes:

Back to LinkedIn, I set up a basic profile. Here are a few points which I decided on whilst doing so:

  • Turn off profile update notifications to your network
  • Create a custom url – suggested by a friend before I turned off the notifications 😉
  • Added ALL the skills from the CV – I shall whittle them down to the one’s the network ultimately ENDORSE. I think that’s most interesting.

Also

  • Added 10 more recruitment consultant contacts from a friend to my Contacts Spreadsheet – I’ve helped said friend get 3 jobs. THAT’S NETWORKING BABY!

Finding a job is a full time job

Had various friends offer help in various ways which is awesome of them. One of them was also made redundant in Jan. He ‘was’ looking for a May start but is actually about to start his 2nd new job as he was offered something almost immediately when he started networking. His tips are:

  1. If you want a break, take it and don’t apply for things as when you get an offer it’s hard to decline.
  2. When you decide to look, network first with your contact base of ex-colleagues and any clients.
  3. Try agencies

Good advice I think.

I have been working on putting together my own app toolset to replace my corporate based ones. I’m currently trialling:

  • Kanbanchi – work/career – Kanban based task board integrated with Google Drive and Calendar.
  • Habitica – personal tasks/goals – gamification of tasks and to-do lists.
  • ProjectTimer – taskbar app for tracking time spent on projects, e.g. Job Search vs IT skills vs Tools Setup

In conjunction with this I’ve also been writing some notes on task management and planning. Quote of the day is:

“Plan to spend about 30 hours a week on activities directly related to your job search.”

Hence the focus on project planning as I intend to spend time on coding/IT skills as well as Job Search.

p.s. decided to ditch the day count 🙂