5 tips on how to describe what you do

portfolio copy

Many of us do lots of things all of the time. Some decide on one employer, some decide that one role is not sufficiently satisfying either emotionally or financially. So if you want to tell people and promote that you have a variety of roles and skills how do you capture that whilst still maintaining the interest of the reader or prospective recruiter/ employer / business partner? It is like unlocking a jigsaw, it can take some time to find clarity, peace with it, so in the meantime welcome to the world of the slashers.

I found this great article in Forbes. It introduced me to the idea of slashers. You’ve all heard of them, the most famous being model / actor! Or alternatively career parent / CEO or Business owner/ consultant/project manager.  The article talks of the portfolio career being the new “trend” I would suggest that the “portfolio” career is not a new concept, it’s just got a new label.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2013/02/27/portfolio-careers-is-the-latest-work-trend-right-for-you/2/

I then went on to read a recent article in the Times about Gen Ys moving towards portfolio careers: “Last week I was interviewed for an article for the Sunday Times by Kathryn Cooper who was particularly interested in whether or not our Gen Y population are deliberately moving into portfolio careers. Her main scenario (‘ I’m only a part-time high flyer. This is my happy job’ – Sunday Times June 16). ”

What a great response – “this is my happy job.” Love it, but in the meantime it still does not resolve the issue of how to describe it. So here are my tips:

  1. Choose a headline that captures the interest of the reader (see previous blogs). Witty, not arrogant, honest and interesting.
  2. Take time to choose within the main body of the LinkedIn profile how to describe what you do. If the word portfolio works for you use it.
  3. Describe the skills and qualities you have for the different roles.
  4. Make sure you can demonstrate the synergy between the different roles. It made sense to you to do it – you need to show the reader why it makes sense and will enhance your skills not detract from them.
  5. Choose your testimonials carefully and ensure you choose appropriately to evidence your skills & attributes in the different roles by the 3rd party – the writer of the testimonial. Build a bank of testimonials and rotate them if you wish.

So choose your line, choose YOUR happy job and have a great time.

Best of luck with yours 🙂

Stay in touch: lindadaviescarr.myarbonne.co.uk.

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2 Responses to 5 tips on how to describe what you do

  1. Katie Day says:

    Nice advice that has really made me think – thank you

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