Apr 14, 2010

Social Fresh (@sofresh) St. Louis is happening April 19, 2010 and I just won a free ticket to attend on Twitter!

Super excited for this great opportunity to this social media conference, network and listen to all of the awesome presenters they have scheduled.

Jun 3, 2009

Identifying Yourself Through Social Media

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Blogger, Digg, Delicious, Mixx, YouTube, GChat, Propeller, Stumble Upon, Justin.tv...just to name a few.

This is a list of all of the different social media websites I have used just
TODAY! Every where you turn, there are articles on how social media websites are changing business and communication. Time magazine wrote an article on The Future of Work discussing how jobs and the way we find jobs will change. Business is changing!

You have your Twitter friends that you only know though tweets, Digg fans that only know you through a URL, Facebook groups with millions of fans...and you are supposed to find your
Brand Identity from all of this stuff!

Through all the clutter...you have to discover your career goals, interests and brand yourself for the world to see (the Internet world, of course).

I offer
3 tips to help maintain your brand identity:

1. Stay true to yourself and your personal goals...That's what will make you stick out from the crowd.

2. Keep everything in check. If you are getting overwhelmed, take a step back, take a deep breath, one day off won't hurt you...your "friends" will be there when you return.

3. Share yourself, your interests, your ideas, your skills with others and they will answer.

If there's one things I've learned about social media in the past few weeks, it's that people want to help you. They want to digg your blog, RT you, connect with you on LinkedIn.

Everyone is building a brand and YOU can help.

May 18, 2009

Tips for Working in the Nonprofit Sector

What I learned on my first day of work for a nonprofit organization.

1. Slow down. This is not a corporation, you are working to help people.

2. Volunteers keep the organization alive. Keep them happy and you will be happy.

3. Work together, ask questions and stay positive.

4. Take a deep breath. Remember you are working for a cause.

5. Not every idea will make it past the cutting room floor, but one will.

Overall, be prepared for difficult days and always keep the cause in mind.

You are helping.

Apr 26, 2009

Networking And Personal Branding on the Web

Creating your brand!

Check out this Slideshare presentation on branding and how to best utilize social media websites to brand yourself and stand out from the crowd.

Apr 17, 2009

Wordle Your Resume

A coworker told me about Wordle a couple weeks ago and I can't get over how neat this idea is. The website allows you to paste text, enter a URL for a blog site, RSS feed, or del.icio.us website and see the connections and relationships between the words. It creates a "word cloud" that you can personalize by customizing the design, color, and font. The size of the words depend on how often it is used in the text.

"Wordling" your resume lets you see what word appears most often and can help you craft your resume to show off your strengths. I recently came across a blog post by tips for college resumes.

1. Pick your language carefully. Don't make yourself sound too much like a "student".
2. Draw a connection between your professional and organizational experience and what you would like to do.
3. Use keywords for that industry. Tweak your resume for the position or job you are applying for.

This is my resume Wordle'd. See what you think.
Wordle: Communication Student Resume