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

Apr 8, 2009

Volunteering...Getting Your Foot in the Door

If you want to work for a nonprofit...volunteering for the organization can help land you a job.

As part of my internship with Truman State University's Career Center, I planned a nonprofit conference for students. Putting on the conference gave me the opportunity to talk one-on-one with several TSU alumni who were presenting. Even though they worked for different organizations in different cities, they all agreed that volunteering goes a long way. Offering your time, showing up, and doing a good job shows that you are dedicated to that organization's cause and have a strong work ethic. If a job open's up, you are in a better position to get it.

Websites like idealist.org are a great resource to find volunteer opportunities all over the country.

My next step. Spend some extra time helping out.