Hi! I hope you’ve had a wonderful February. Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day?
I know I’ve been a bit quiet lately. February has been a pretty busy month for me. I’ve been doing a bit of work, dancing a ton, and my contract developer position is ending at the end of the month, so I’ve also been spending a bit of time job searching. My highlight of the month was riding the Wheel at Icon Park. It was my first time on a ferris wheel (I think that’s what it’s called). It was a blast although the line to get on it was super long. What’s been the highlight of your month?
Something I want to highlight as being very helpful to any students or professionals still getting their foot in the door is the importance of utilizing LinkedIn. It’s not hard. Fill out your profile, connect with everyone you know and anyone in a position you find interesting or in the field you’re interested in, interact with other people’s posts, and create some content. Filling out your profile shouldn’t take more than an hour or two and connecting scales really quickly once you get started. I don’t like being on social media much so my interactions with other posts are very sporadic, but I still interact from time to time. Lastly, creating content can be as simple as posting something you’ve learned every couple of days or sharing resources that you find useful. I’m very lazy about this so I set up my blog to automatically post my new (usually weekly) blog posts to LinkedIn. I don’t spend a lot of time on LinkedIn, but during my job search, this round and last, I’ve only been using LinkedIn to apply for jobs and I’ve received a ton of phone calls from recruiters which have led to interviews and job offers.
In summary, investing a little bit of time into your LinkedIn profile can make a huge difference in getting a job, especially for those newer to the job market with less personal connections.
I’ve also been continuing to slowly work through Vanessa Van Edward’s awesome People School. What I’ve learned most recently is the importance of being intentional with your words both verbal and written whenever you use them as this can set the tone for all your interactions.
One thing I plan on working on going forward is being more intentional with my words whenever I communicate and focusing on using a good combination of warm and competent words.
I know this post was a bit longer than normal. I’ve revamped the format of these posts in the hopes of adding more value. Let me know what you think!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope you have a wonderful week!