Revamping My Resume: Tips

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Writing the post on QR codes inspired me to look up some more way to make my (and your) resume stand out. Using my favorite search engine I found some great tips. Let the fun editing begin!

  1. Tailor it to the job. To save time people create a “generic” resume and use it for every job they apply to. Instead of doing this, edit your resume to fit the personality traits needed to fulfill the job and use your real world experience to back it up. (source)
  2. Make it easy to read. You hate writing and I’m sure employers are tired of reading long, wordy resumes. Make important headlines stand out by bolding or underlining. Use bullets not paragraphs for job descriptions. Use standard font. If they can’t read it, they won’t hire you. (source)
  3. Use extracurricular activities if you lack experiences. Had to choose a paying job over an unpaid internship this summer? Don’t fret. Try listing things you did for school or in clubs to fill that gap. I did not have an internship this summer, but I did help plan and market a big event for a club.
  4. Grab attention. Resume’s do not have to be a white sheet of paper. For a job interview, it’s important that the interviewer remembers who you are. Get creative with it by formatting it differently or printing it on fabric. Prezi Resume anyone! (be careful with this one, some employers may not appreciate how creative you are).

Hope these tips helped and inspired you to look at your résumé again. First impressions are important and when applying for a job your first impression is you resume. Are you making a good first impression?

This is only the beginning!

❤ Michaela

Revamping My Resume: QR Code

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I am at that stage in my college career where internships become more important than my diploma. Yes an education is important, but in today’s economy an education can only get you so far. It’s all about experience. To get that experience you must have an internship.

So I’m currently applying and I was looking at my résumé and it just looked average. I said to myself, “Everyone who is applying for this internship will have a résumé, what will make ME stand out.”  unfortunately, I did not have an answer. After thinking about it for a few days, it kept me up all night, it dawned on me. I could add a QR code to my résumé linking my potential boss to my portfolio, or my LinkedIn account, of my blog.

What’s a QR code you ask? It’s those boxy bar codes you see everywhere like on posters or products. A person can download an app on his phone, scan the code, and automatically be sent to a webpage or receive contact information.

street qr code

Right away I got on Google, found me a QR generator, and created my personal code. Right now it’s only connects to my portfolio, but it opens a world of possibilities.  I hope this and a few other things I do to my résumé will help is stick out in a crowd. 

I wonder what else I could use a QR code for? Got any ideas, let me know!

Until next time,

Michaela

 

A Cooler Myspace? Yes, Please

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Today, I was on my favorite website, buzzfeed.com, and I saw this article about Myspace. I don’t know about anyone else, but Myspace was my first social network and I really loved it. and then Facebook came along and I moved on from Myspace, but I may be returning to Myspace. Watch this video and tell me you are not intrigued and I will show you a liar.

The New Myspace

So it looks like a combination of many things. It has the music that Myspace is really know for now. The layout reminds me of Pinterest, it looks like streaming music will be easier than before, more like Spotify. It also looks like you can watch music videos on Myspace.

All I know is I am visiting new.myspace.com and signing up to be notified when it releases. Hopefully this relaunch will be successful!

Much love,

Michaela

PRSSA PROVIDES STUDENTS TOOLS FOR THE INDUSTRY

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The University of South Florida’s Public Relations Student Society of America is hosting a mini conference called “Roads in PR” open to all students.

The conference is Sept. 21, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the Marshall Student Center. The four tracks discussed are professional, consumer goods pr, career readiness and social media. Students will learn how to get connected through networking, learn ways to strengthen their social media brand, will have an opportunity to gain experience in marketing and advertising through a possible paid internship for Cox Target Media and learn how to use electronic press releases. 

Guest speakers include Nancy Vaughn, owner and principal pr and marketing director of White Book Agency; Glenn Selig, CEO of Selig Multimedia Inc.; Antony Francis, president of Head of Lettuce Media; Marsha Strickhouser, public relations manager at Valpak and Cox Target Media; and Angela Walters, president of the Tampa Bay chapter of PRSA.

“This conference is an opportunity for students to fuel their passion and further their understanding and knowledge of the public relations industry,” Murewa Olubela, president of PRSSA, said. “The speakers include some of Tampa’s top public relations professionals, and the information and networking opportunities they will provide to the students should be extremely valuable.”

The event is free and includes lunch. Students can register at http://usprssaminiconference.eventbrite.com 

Since its founding, the Walter E. Griscti Chapter of PRSSA at the University of South Florida has developed into a top-tier chapter filled with talented students eager to enhance their knowledge about public relations. The chapter works closely with the Tampa Bay chapter of PRSA and the Tampa Bay chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) to provide numerous networking opportunities for our members. These strong relationships allow members to work face-to-face with those already in the industry.

Dine in the Dark update

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Dine in the dark is so close, I’m really excited.

Basically everything is ready and we just have to get people to buy the tickets.

Now what have I done for the marketing

  • Marketed on campus electronically by being put on the campus e-newsletter
  • Set up dates and activities to do at Bull Market to get people to buy tickets
  • Contacted the campus newspaper and radio station to see if they would like to cover the event (they do!)
  • Contacted other new outlets (have yet to get back with me 😦

We also have this great service on campus called Hype that designed a poster for us, we didn’t really like it so we used some of their details and made our own. Look at it, love it. Can’t wait until the event!

❤ Michaela

Become a Savvy Blogger

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Writing blogs is a great way to share information with your audience. Not just because it used on the internet and everyone can see it, but also because blog post are really easy to write. Use these five tips to write a great blog.

  1. Write to a Specific Audience– According to Shane Snow from Mashable, it’s good to write for a specific audience. Writing to a large audience is great to generate traffic on your site, but to keep a loyal audience specific is the way to go. When a person knows they can get specific info from your site, they will have no reason to go somewhere else.
  2. Encourage Loyalty by being Consistent– Once you set up a good following, give your readers something to expect like a daily or weekly post. That way they will work you into their routine. “wake up, drink coffee, read my blog”
  3. Write in Short paragraphs Susan Gunelius from About.com says to write in short paragraphs (like 2-3 sentences). I say take it one set more and write in bullet points. The idea is to make the writing more visually appealing for readers. I don’t know about you but when I see a lot of text I just move on.
  4. LINKS LINKS LINKS!– Links are important because you don’t know everything. Links give you a perfect opportunity to give more information to the readers and give credit where credit is due. I also hear if you link someone on you blog they may link you on their blog, now your sharing readers!
  5. Attention Grabbing Titles- Saved the last for best. Get you titles straight. They make people want to click on your blog, they get search engine’s attentions, and they set the tone for your overall blog. When crating titles remember to keep it simple, grab attention, and be descriptive.

These five tips on writing a blog should just be a start to developing your blog writing skills. Do some research and find what suits your writing style.

Have any awesome tips I didn’t mention, Leave it in the comments!

❤ Michaela

Dine in the Dark Update

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This week I contacted many establishments around campus to see if they could donate silent auction items or become a sponsor and I have learned a few things.

  1. Have something ready to say . You don’t want to talk to the manager of the store and stumble over your words. It sounds unprofessional, and when you are asking for a monetary donations you want to sound as professional as possible.
  2. Don’t worry if you go off script. Although you want to have something prepared, you don’t want to sound like you are reading from a script. It should sound natural.
  3. Be prepared to be  told to call back. A lot of times the person you need to speak with is not available because not everyone can just give you money. Be patient and call back as many times as needed.

This is a process that I find to be so much fun. So far I have talked to five companies and I love it. Nothing completely confirmed but it’s a good start.

So there is a short update on DITD,

Michaela