When I was in pure technology consulting, I used to fill up a career framework, which I thought was very tedious and lengthy in process. You were given a series of questions to answer every year as a way of justifying your contribution to the company. I have always wondered about that person would take the time to read all the fluff I was writing, besides myself, of course.
Precisely the answer I was looking for, I found out that the most important thing about the Career Framework is for me to reflect on what I wrote about myself. I should be writing for myself and not for anyone else. The power of self-reflection was evident, and the career framework that I was using at that time was doing just that.
Fast forward to today, I don't have the Career Framework tool at my disposal, but have found LinkedIn to be equally useful, if not better.
LinkedIn allows you to document your work experiences. It is a digital CV that we all seem to update every time we are out to seek for a job. Because of the Career Framework tool that I was using before, I never saw LinkedIn as just a CV generator. It is a reflection tool where I can update every quarter of the year to reflect on and to use it as a basis for peer review.
The other cool thing about LinkedIn is recommendations. Whenever you have reached a milestone in your project or work, ask your peer to give you a recommendation. It lifts the heart and creates confidence. It will allow you to learn about how you have contributed to their work. It is a simple form of peer review, and I think it is a healthy activity to perform every quarter.
So there you go, two fresh ways to look at LinkedIn. Use LinkedIn as a reflection tool to document your efforts for the last quarter. It will be the basis for discussion with your peers. Lastly, complete the loop by asking your peers for a recommendation. Good luck!
Richard Ong is the author of Mindsets and Core Purpose. He is deeply passionate about helping others develop new products and services for the future. He is also a business coach and keynote speaker, with multiple IBM Bravo and Performance awards. He was met by Prince Charles to discuss his entrepreneurial efforts in Malaysia and was featured on national radio.
Richard Ong earned his Masters in Business Administration from Victoria University, Melbourne. He was the president of the VUMBA Community from 2010 to 2011 and was recognised as a WORQ super-member in 2018 for his community-building efforts. He also teaches part-time at Sunway University and Jeffrey Sachs Center.
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