UPDATE: After talking things over with my parents, I've decided to cut out dA completely from my professional profiles. As my mum pointed out, some people may get the wrong idea from the name of this site.
That means I've also removed the mentions of #Circleoffriends and Screenphuck, which saddens me as I'm really proud of those, but I can't be taking chances with my job prospects in the current economic climate.
I might have to curtail my Tumblr activity as well, and I will definitely need to tidy up that and some of my other online presences.
Well, I'm getting back into the job market.
Had a nice long break in which to sort myself out, but now I need to start earning money again - the redundancy money will help, but I need to keep that where it will earn me a decent rate of interest (easier said that done
To that end, I've signed on at the local JobCentre and applied for Job-Seeker's Allowance.
Still as grim as I remember from the last time I had to go there, just slightly more modern IT. It won't be much, but it's something, and it will force me to budget and live within my means.
So now I have the Department of Work and Pensions breathing down my neck to ensure I'm actually looking for work.
Probably a good thing, it gives me the impetus to actually do stuff and not procrastinate. Let's face it, it would be trivially easy to just browse dA or Facebook all day or play games.
Actually, I did get some good advice from my interview with the personal adviser at the JobCentre, particularly about updating my CV (last touched 20 years ago, and oh boy did it show!
So here I am, a week later. My CV is polished, now down to one page. I've built a portfolio over at Behance containing examples of the projects I've undertaken
over the years.
I've linked it to my LinkedIn profile, and fleshed that out to include more of my work experience as well as other stuff I've done - I've mentioned #Circleoffriends
and my contributions over at Screenphuck
I've done some research on graphic design work here in Watford, and managed to find some firms in my neighbourhood who are hiring.
So now I've polished up covering letters, and will be sending my applications this weekend.
There are a few others local to me who I'll introduce myself to and enquire if they might have need of my services in the future.
Wish me luck!
I've also reworked my About.me profile page
with my artwork as background
and links to all my social contacts. I'll be getting business cards printed up pointing to About.me (thanks to Moo.com) so I'll have something eye-catching
to give to people.
In between all of that stuff, I also managed to flog my old monitor and PC on eBay - the first time I've used the site to sell things.
So that's some extra cash in my pocket.
Anyway, as part of my overall makeover, I'm making some changed to how I use dA. I've already cleaned up my profile and journal pages here, removing most of the clutter and distractions so that (hopefully) my artwork gets the attention it deserves from visitors. I've also done a few cosmetic changes to go with my new look as an independent (for now) professional graphic / web designer. I will also being going through my gallery in the next few days to put some non-artwork stuff into storage. In the future, I will be revamping some of my fractal and digital artwork,
although that will be mainly so I've got a record of ownership - any prints that I make available will be for sale outside of dA.
Unfortunately, this also means that I not only won't be doing my social rounds here as frequently, but I'll be dispensing with my more frivolous and opinionated commentary. I could get away with that in the past, because my dA page wasn't publicised much, but in the future I expect to have more public attention so I want to give a good impression.
Don't worry, I will still be holding forth over on Facebook and (occasionally) Google+, where I can control who sees what I post.