TASK Newsletter | September


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Community News


Heritage Day at BCH Community Care

Celebrating Heritage Day at Brooklyn Community with a youth drama group and poetry performance about TB. Thanks to all stakeholders involved: Adopt a Mission; TASK Applied Science and Dorcas Nation.


Community Advisory Board visits TASK HQ

The Community Advisory Board visited TASK Headquarters. They were given a tour of the facilities by Head of Laboratory Dr Naadira Vanker and later sat down with Dr Anastacia Tomson to talk in detail about research.

Phase 2b Controlled Trial of M72/AS01E
Vaccine to Prevent Tuberculosis

TASK participated in the TB018 trial to test if the new GSK TB vaccine can stop people with TB infection from developing active TB disease. We screened over a 1000 healthy volunteers from Delft, Cape Town and enrolled 760 participants onto the trial – making us the top recruiting site. This trial, sponsored by AERAS, was TASK’s first TB vaccine trial and we are proud of our achievement, all due to excellent planning and hard work by a great team. An effective TB vaccine is urgently needed and many other trials have failed. We are excited and privileged to be part of this exciting development in the world of TB!

The online you - Part IV

So this month we will look at best practice for LinkedIn:

Here are 3 pointers to keep you looking professional for LinkedIn.

Firstly, why?

LinkedIn is a business social network, for yourself and for the company you work for.

Prospective employees and clients may search for you in order to learn more about you and the company you represent.

Thus, in order to appear credible, you should present yourself in the best way possible.

How do you do this:

Step 1:

Upload an authentic, professional and appropriate photo.

This speaks volumes about how you want to be respected and treated. If you are a doctor, do not use a photo of you on the beach in your shades. If you are a clown, dress and make up like one. Represent your vocation appropriately.

Do’s – have a pro photo taken (every 5 years); or at the least have a friend take a photo of you and be mindful of the lighting and background.

Don’ts – take a selfie; wear sunglasses (unless you are a lifeguard)

Step 2:

Input your work experience and education in as much detail you would on your CV.

Write a concise bio detailing your professional interests, experience and what is unique to you.

Ensure your designation (i.e. your title) is one many can relate to, do not make it obscure. E.g. correct: “human recourses manager” vs incorrect: “People remedies leader”

Step 3:

Skills, endorsements and connections:

Make sure your listed skills are correct so that your colleagues and associates may freely endorse them.

Request at least 3 key individuals to write you a recommendation every 2 years or so, preferably your superiors and a subordinate.

Lastly, there is value in being connected to others on LinkedIn, from possible new business, to your business brand credibility to new possibilities. It is also a good place to keep up to date with what is happening in your industry.

So follow leaders in your field, connect to your colleagues and piers and let LinkedIn be an effective tool for you.