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Tip of the Day – A new way to get involved with Flex

So the reason I haven’t posted a tip the past couple of days is because I have been working on a new project.

Check it out here —> Bug Quash

Please vote on the poll. We’re trying to see how much interest there is in this kind of event.

Any questions, comments, ideas, complaints, suggestions, etc… please post them below.

p.s. I know… this wasn’t really a tip… but I’m tired and it’s beddy time for Nate.

:: Update ::

New information including how to sign up for notifications —> here.

Submit a Tip (Jan 09) winner announced!

Congratulations to Aaron E. for submitting his tip walking us through using Sprouts! He is the winner for my first Submit a Tip contest.

A license for Baslamiq Mockups is on it’s way to you. Aaron’s tip will be featured as today’s Tip of the Day.

Thanks everyone for submitting your tips… I will probably end up using them as time goes by and will be sure to give you recognition.

A special thanks also goes to Balsamiq for providing the license for this contest.

Tip of the Day – LinkedIn… A Flex (and Flash) developers best friend

This evening my wife informed me that there were over 16,000 job cuts announced today here in the state of Washington. Grabbing a few of the headlines from King 5′s website.

It’s getting nasty out there. So my tip today is to let you in on some of my secrets to becoming successful on LinkedIn, even in a time of economic downturn.

Even though I attribute much of my success to being totally awesome… here are some of my tips for success on LinkedIn besides using LinkedIn Jobs:

Never be rude to recruiters

They may just be able to save your bacon someday. When I get an email from a recruiter… even if it’s for a job that I have no interest in. I always respond with a polite, “I’m sorry, I’m not interested at this time. Please feel free to add me as a connection on LinkedIn” response. Given today’s economy… if I was to lose my job, I’d want a group of recruiters willing to help me out.

Update your status

Not many people update their status. Which is a benefit for us, because your status updates show up on the homepage of your connections. It’s a great way to get noticed.. especially if you are connected to recruiters, see above tip.

Recommendations really help

Another great way to get noticed is to have well-written recommendations. Receiving recommendations I’ve found, is a lot like a credit score… sometimes they just take time to grow. Future employers like to see recommendations from many sources over the years. Not just 6 recommendations in the past 2 months.

Also… don’t go on a recommendation spree writing a recommendation for every single connection you have, you will lose credibility.

Answer questions in your respective field

Along the same lines of credibility, LinkedIn Answers is an excellent place to establish your credibility with the community at large. From a high level perspective, answer questions about stuff you know and earn expertise.

Join groups relating to your field

An example of this is the Adobe Flex Developers group, it’s a plethora of job postings all over the world. Also be sure to subscribe to the digest email for updates about the group.

[Seriousnote]
I hope that any of you whom have lost your job, and are reading this post know that any joking in this post is in jest. I’m connected with many recruiters (especially in the Seattle Area) who are looking for talented Flash and Flex developers, go ahead and send me a connection request and I can make an introduction.
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Anyone reading this post is welcome to connect with me on LinkedIn.

Submit your Tip & Win a copy of Balsamiq Mockups

After yesterdays tip, I’ve been emailing a bit with Peldi, founder of Balsamiq. He’s a really cool guy, and he has granted me 1 license of Balsamiq Mockups to give away.

So now is your chance to get a free copy of Balsamiq Mockups (a $79 value). All you have to do is submit a tip. It can be about anything… Flash, Flex, ActionScript, ColdFusion, PHP, Ruby on Rails, .NET, Papervision3d, graphic design… you name it. Best submission will win a free copy of Balsamiq Mockups.

You may submit as many tips as you’d like (to better your chances). Submissions will be closed and a winner selected on Sunday, February 1st 2009.

Submit your tip here!

Good Luck!