With my career track progressing and and our final project in full swing, my life has been very, very busy. In synopsis, here's what happened:
I worked with my career coach to work on my online presence and prep my job application materials.
I would like to pursue a full stack developer job, and after discussing with my career coach, we decided it would be good for me to have multiple versions of my resume.
- A more design (creative) form of my resume (to target more front-end oriented jobs)
- A technical-skills oriented resume (for back-end jobs).
- A template resume that holds all of my experience for when I need that data
For The Design Oriented Resume I am using Canva. It's a really great tool for personalizing a resume without having to configure settings in a design suite like CorelDraw or Photoshop. I haven't quite finished this resume (because of the juggling of tasks) but I am scoped to have all versions of my resume ready by graduation (next week!).
For The Technical Oriented Resume I will also be using Canva, but will packing more 'word' information rather than making it creative.
I'll be honest, I haven't really used much of LinkedIn in my previous career (and I definitely should have). My coach gave me some great feedback regarding my current account. Looking at my LinkedIn, it should include:
- Your Photo (Still Need To Add, Going To DIY it with my DSLR!)
- A Good Headliner describing what you are seeking
- A meaningful About Section
- Your (professional) Experience
- Your Projects with links (Still Need To Add)
- Your Presence such as blogs or portfolio website (Still Need To Add)
- Your Volunteer Experience
- Your Skills
- Your Endorsements (Still Need to Add)
- Your Connections (Still Need to Add)
I am planning on having my Linkedin fully ready before I graduate next week (again... trying to juggle).
My coach will be conducting my cultural interview next week. I was instructed to provide one or two of my "ideal" companies that I'd like to work for, so my coach and structure the interview accordingly. So, I guess that means I'll be doing more... you guessed it, JUGGLING!
So asides from career stuff, I am also working on my final project - called FlexABLE. It's a workout recording web application using Rails as a backend and React as the front end.
I promise I will do a full synopsis and lessons learned of the project at the end of the next week (aka GRADUATION). Here's basically what happened with the project during the past week:
- Built out front-end and backend authentication
- Immediately started using Material UI (a styling library) to pull in components to populate the views I had mocked up beyond the login page
- Began having minor issues with integrating Material UI components, event handlers, and redux. Tried to "bandaid" all the coding issues that were coming up
- Upon debugging complex redux issues, began having cascading issues because of the "spaghetti code" I was writing, decided to redo a large part of the project to clean up the code
- (as of yesterday) rebuilt all the old views with modular components, proper commenting, and regular git commits
- Removed part of the original scope of the project to focus on styling instead of rushing to add features
I learned a ton from the mistakes I caused for myself during this project, and I'd love to dive into those in detail to help you all out! I'll be doing that next week! Stay tuned!
Good luck with your own "juggling"!