Category Archives: Trends in the Workplace

Why a Digital Portfolio?

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.

Words NOT to Put on Your Resume

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?

Video Resume

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!

21st Century Survival Guide

1.  Learn the Microsoft Office Suite:  “Pssh,” you may exclaim.  “That’s so easy.”  Well, yes.  It is easy to learn the Microsoft Office Suite, but if you haven’t had a brush up course in a few years you may want to check us out here at IS&D.  A lot has been changed and upgraded in the Microsoft Office Suite in the last few years.

2.  Learn to Collaborate:  “Wait,” you command shaking your head, “you mean I have to work with people.”  Well, yeah.  The 21st century work environment has evolved and you will often have to collaborate with fellow workers on projects.  Here at IS&D we have tools to make that collaboration a little bit easier.

3.  Expand your PLN:  “My what?”  Well, PLN simply stands for Professional Learning Network.  No matter what you do whether you are an educator or an administrative assistant you should never stop learning about your job.  The workforce is constantly changing and having a network of people who do the same sort of things you do can open you up to new and innovative ways for you to do your job.  This doesn’t have to be a difficult thing.  Places like Linkedin and even Facebook and Twitter can be great resources for building a PLN without even needing to put on your pants.


What’s a Curriculum Vitae?

Alright, so what’s a Curriculum Vitae and why would you need one?

Well, you know your resume should (at most) be a one page synopsis of your work history and education.  Since it’s only one page long you can imagine that you’re not going to be really in-depth with the things you did in school.  Now, let me put in right here that MOST employers only want a resume!  If they don’t ask for a curriculum vitae don’t give them one…trust me…it’s annoying.

Now, if a curriculum vitae is requested what should you do with it?  Well, it’s a good place for you to go into detail about what you did in school.  Did you have teaching and/or research assistant experience? (Note: Research Assistant does not mean you did a research paper, it means you were part of ongoing research by a professor for an academic journal.)  Were you published?  Did you present at any large conferences?  Did you receive any academic honors or awards?  Were you a part of an academic community?  By elaborating on these things you can show that even though you may not have a hearty work history, you know what you are doing and you are qualified for the job at hand.

You could even do an e-portfolio to really impress employers, but more on that later.

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