I thought I should share this link with you, as it describes quite well how good a tool LinkedIn is, as I mentioned in my last post – Enjoy!
So, since I am fairly close to graduating, I of course need to be prepared for the next step in my life.
Getting a job is not easy now or days, so all one can do is to try to make the most out of it and just prepare as much as possible. So I have spend quite a lot of time on updating my LinkedIn profile and getting more connections, and in a few days I had gone from about 75 connections to 123 connections, so that’s quite a lot. All I did besides updating my profile was to sent out as many invitations to different connections as possible. Some of them I know because I have met them in passing or I know of them, some of them I am only connected to because we have connections in common. Either way, LinkedIn is truly an amazing tool for creating a network of people that might be of use to you later in life.
For instance, the other day I was contacted by the editor of a blog based in Aarhus. He wanted me to join their team of bloggers, of course it’s unpaid but it’s a really good way of practicing my writing, as well as creating a network within this field. Also it will look good on my CV.
Other than that, I have been updating my CV and posting it to different job pages and getting recommendations from the publishing house, where I was an intern in the spring of 2012. I am also going to ask my current workplace for a recommendation, though it’s not exactly relevant for what I want to work with and the field I am educated within. Still, its worth having as many recommendations as possible.
My next step will then be to find out more about LinkedIn, for instance which groups are relevant for me and so on. So you will probably hear more about LinkedIn and my search for a job in the future.
Inspiration comes from many different places. I get a lot of inspiration from just walking around Paris, reading a good book, looking at a beautiful painting and stuff like that. But I also get very inspired by other blogs. I follow quite a few blogs, to get inspired or just to enjoy some good reading. Earlier this year I reblogged a blog I really enjoy reading – today I will do the same with another blog, which has inspired me to make my own 2013 resolutions when it comes to my writing.
My own goals for this year:
1)Write at least two posts a week
2)Write at least 500words a day on a short story or a novel
3)Start blogging more seriously, like for instance for a business or company situated somewhere in Denmark – will create contacts and improve my CV.
4)I already read a lot! But more reading will create more inspiration. This can be books, other blogs, articles that are relevant for me in some way ect.
5)Use the different social medias more to get more people reading my blog – do not be afraid to show what I do.
I already mentioned who I would love to write for, but not how I intend to actually make it happen.
In order to apply for a writing job – be it a paid job or a volunteer job, you still need to prove that you can actually write – of course. In order to do that, I am going to make a portfolio with examples of my writing. This will also be useful if I choose to apply for a journalistic/communication job in fx. London.
I found this website on how to make a good portfolio – it might be useful for some of you: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/everyday_writer3e/addresources/1.html
Next week, I will be spending a lot of time on my dissertation, but also on creating this portfolio, and that means I have to go looking for the perfect folder to keep it in
As my leaving Paris is quickly approaching, the need for thinking about the next step in my life is necessary. I will be going back home on the 21st of february and not long after I will hand in my dissertation. So two very important things comes to an end soon – my stay in Paris and my time as a university student. I am not sure where I am going to end up – if I will go back to my university town Aarhus, or if I should move to Copenhagen which kind of already was my plan. I guess everything will become more clear to me, once I get home – in the end I am sure, that everything will turn out just as it should.
Guess its time for a new business card?:)
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