Alright, the first thing that you’re probably asking is “What’s a Digital Portfolio?” Well, you wouldn’t be alone. Many people don’t know what a Digital Portfolio is, but it’s a useful tool when you’re looking for a position.
A Digital Portfolio is basically a culmination of the work you’ve done throughout your college career that showcases your abilities. So, if you are an artist or a music major you can create galleries of your work. If you’re a law student, you can keep a cache of your papers. If you’re a journalist, you can create a holding of all of your articles. The easiest way to create this Digital Portfolio is through a website creation site such as Weebly, Wix, or WordPress.
Why a website? Easy. When you submit your resume, that’s only one page, a snapshot of what you can do (as it should be). But you can add a website URL or QR code to a website easily and show that you not only can manipulate a resume, but you can also manipulate websites. Not to mention all of your amazing work that you’ve done!
Want help setting this up? Come to AA337 for more info.
When writing a resume you think things like “go-getter,” “think outside the box,” and “team player” are good things to put on your resume. Well, you would be wrong. According to the Business Insider article “The 17 Worst Things to Say on Your Resume,” those words are among the top ten words you DON’T want to use!
Ok. Don’t freak out.
These words are not desirable for a simple reason: they are vague. How do you prove you’re a “go-getter?” What metrics do you have to show you “think outside the box?” What constitutes a “team player?” I’m not being rhetorical. I’m serious. Answer those questions. Instead of being vague about your qualifications, put your qualifications in measurable terms:
-I initiated a charity program = go-getter
-After traditional marketing did not work, I devised a way to partner with (insert company here) = think outside the box
-With my team of 10 people we created a solution to water scarcity and I was in charge of marketing = team player
See the difference?
Now you knew that time was coming up again and here it is! For the first set of IS&D Workshops of 2015 just click here: http://goo.gl/forms/rcvU8uqc8B
Ok so it’s the beginning of the new semester. Again, these people from IS&D are sending out notifications that there are free workshops available, but your response is “so what.” Here are some reasons to attend the IS&D student workshops:
- They are FREE!!!
- Seriously, it’s free so what do you have to lose? You don’t have the “it costs too much” excuse anymore.
- You just might learn something.
- There are STILL things that I don’t know about tech. I’m not omniscient (shocking, I know)! So how do I remedy that? I go to trainings. It’s a good thing for you to try as well.
- The IS&D team is fun.
- Really, this isn’t like the classes you are taking in core subjects. We know these are extra workshops that are designed to help you get through your core classes. So, we’re fun about it. We aren’t going to yell at you (generally) and we are willing to work with you and your schedule.
- These are skills you can use here and after you graduate.
- We aren’t teaching you useless things here. What you can use in your classes, you can use after your classes. Check out what employers are looking for and you’ll realize that we have the ability to help you get there with tech!
Students! You need to look at this LinkedIn webinar! It has a ton of good information to help you use Linked in effectively!
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Well, here are 57 shortcuts you can use!
Alright, just like every innovative resume solution I preface this with a big KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE! If you are applying at a law firm then making an animated video as your resume might not go over very well. On the other hand, if you are applying to a video game developing firm then an animated video might be a really good way to show your talents.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK! I can not stress this enough! Know the place and the position you are applying for before submitting ANY type of resume and tailor your resume to that position specifically!
However, if you are going to try a video resume here are some useful tips:
1. Write a Script
2. Carefully consider your backdrop
3. Rehearse beforehand
4. Make it look professional
If you’re interested in the many tricks and tips you could use to create a video resume come see us in AA337 for help!