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.