When I left my job as a Project Manager at ecentricarts, I didn’t bother changing my LinkedIn Profile. I didn’t think much about LinkedIn, because I wasn’t looking for work. I simply left my profile sitting there while I travelled around.
Indeed I have worked for ecentricarts since I left the permanent full-time job, on a freelance basis when I have been home. As a freelancer, I have written copy for their Case Studies, and worked on their website, doing content entry.
The other day, as I was watching riveting videos for Google’s Digital Analytics Fundamentals course. With a two-screen computer setup at home, I started multi-tasking. I did this because I found the videos so dry that I was getting tired. Well, you know what they say on multi-tasking:
Dividing attention across multiple activities is taxing on the brain, and can often come at the expense of real productivity.
That is correct. I wasn’t listening well, and I wasn’t paying good attention to the LinkedIn profile either. My browser crashed. The following plugin has crashed: Shockwave Flash
“Well,” I told myself. “No more Google Analytics videos today.”
Today, people started congratulating me on my new job. I had no idea what they were talking about. My friend Kathryn texted me to say “Hey! you’re working at ecentricarts again? awesome” — to which I replied “Yes. I’ll be in to do freelance content entry next week!“.
I decided to call her to find out what was happening.
How embarassing everyone. I am not working as a Senior Project Manager / Business Analyst anymore. Sorry everyone. Sorry to all ecentricartisans who were happy to hear that I was coming back. My attention had been divided and my date update didn’t take on LinkedIn. I didn’t know that it was going to broadcast it. I feel rather foolish.
As much as I do love working at ecentrcarts, we haven’t yet worked out more permanent work. It’s a timing issue. But no worries. We are all still friends who love one another and I will likely work with them in the future again again. I emailed owners Sean and Keith to let them know my gaffe (they had received the update too). They were understanding — wondered themselves if I knew something that they didn’t.
In the meantime however, if any of you are thinking about making LinkedIn updates, you might consider turning off broadcasts. Even though I have turned my broadcasts off. That broadcast from the other day is still arriving in inboxes today.
- Adding a new current job position
- Adding a new current school
- Adding a new link to a website
- Recommending someone
- Following a company
- Adding a connection
Here’s how you do it.
1. Click on ‘Privacy and Settings’.
2. Under ‘Privacy Controls’, click ‘Turn On/Off your privacy settings.
I have since fixed the gaffe. I’ve put Binarystew (the company name for which I freelance under) as my current position, and I’ll be all updating you as to what I’m up to for work over the next few weeks.