You know, I already had a number of sentences written out about having an online presence. To be honest though there are plenty of other people out there that have written better pieces about this topic. Whatever. This space here is all about stuff as it pertains to me.
Anyway, the other day I spent a moment or two cleaning up my résumé. Why? Well, it’s not like I’m looking to escape at this very instant, but I need to keep my documents up to date just in case an opportunity comes by. It would be foolish to shut down all avenues, know what I mean? As I was cleaning things up a question crossed my mind. If given just a few words, how would I describe myself professionally? Sure I’ve got skill with X, Y, and Z, but all of that is too specific. How should I market myself? What is my personal brand? Surely it’d have something to do with tech, right? After all, that’s the field I’ve been toiling in for more than a decade. What about the fact that I’m something of a people person? What of the fact that I’m a bit of an oddball? The combination isn’t exactly rare, but it doesn’t really lend itself to allowing people to put me in a neat and tidy box. What kind of job do I want? It almost looks like I would have to carve something out for myself. Unless I find a way to accurately describe me, how would anyone know about my other dimensions.
With this question in mind I ended up prodding a friend for ideas. Interestingly, his response was simple: “Tech person with great communication skills. Slightly quirky.” OK, so it needs a little bit of polish. All the same, it hits the keys things about me. I suppose that if I market myself with this simple and honest headline I might be able to attract that kind of position that I really want. One can only hope, eh?