Archive for the ‘internet use’ Category

Scholarship strategies: have we seen them before?

March 14, 2015

The art of applying for scholarships begins to look familiar to me. A family member is approaching college application time, and I’m gaining some early experience in applying for aid.  I had never considered how the process resembles job applications.  I’m referring here to the paperwork. Like a resume, the application and essay should

  • be absolutely perfect in grammar, spelling, and format,
  • address the question straight on,
  • be specific in relating one’s own experience,
  • be honest to the max,
  • include a work sample as attachment if appropriate,
  • reference links to online presence (after making sure one’s postings are something to be proud of!),
  • contain a dose of creativity.

And oh yes, get it in on time or a bit early. What do you think?  You who are experienced in the college application process, do you think it parallels writing an effective resume?  Care to share any secrets of success?


The colorful resume … literally!

January 21, 2015

What color is your resume?  If you are thinking I mean that metaphorically, sorry, that’s for another posting. Today it’s about color.  I could have named this post The Black and Blue Resume, but I think that’s a bit weird. Whether online or on a printed page, the all-black type on white background has a look of yesteryear about it.  You need a touch of blue. Blue as in hyperlinks. Blue that can lead the reader to a work sample, a photo, a positive review, press coverage, or any other aspect of your portfolio. Blue can guide one to your LinkedIn profile, your website, your blog, or your product. When I see a resume with no links at all, I worry that the writer isn’t connected to much.  Show us!  Lead us to your work and prove what you are saying about yourself. Reveal at least a touch of blue.

The job of jobhunting (2)

August 30, 2014

How do you spend your time when you are unemployed?  In a previous post,  I reviewed the conventional techniques (job listings, online bulletin boards, classified ads, a resume honed to perfection) that should occupy a portion of your day.

What about the academic tasks that can nudge you on your way to a more successful outcome than you have had before?

Please don’t make that immediate link between academic and going back to school.  I’m all for keeping your education current.  Finishing (or starting) that degree is great, but not a guaranteed ticket to success.

I’m thinking of academic in the sense of reading/studying/learning more about your chosen path.  Here are a few options:

  • websites of companies or associations you are drawn to,
  • YouTube segments of presentations by leaders you admire,
  • newspaper or journal articles,
  • books written by superstars in your field,
  • TV specials or documentaries about your area of interest.

Does academic suggest that you take notes?  I hope so!  You will need to remember a few impressive points you gleaned from your research. You could dedicate a special notebook or a file on your laptop to this targeted note-taking.

You will need these fresh ideas and facts to make sure your resume is relevant to the positions you seek.  And you will have wonderful nuggets to share in interviews.  Let your conversations reflect your learning.

An hour a day on academics will keep you informed and inspired as you go about your job search.  I invite any reader who has gained knowledge through research to share a suggestion or two about keeping up to date.


Resolution update: Are you giving?

February 6, 2014

At the end of 2013, I proposed that all successful job seekers and changers should be more intentional about giving.  This includes three kinds of generosity:

Information, Support, Recognition

During the new year, now 1/12 gone, have you shared information you’ve come across, such as a new website?

I noticed today on LinkedIn that the esteemed Richard Bolles has shared an online service that might be of use to all of us.  He has directed us to, to engage in a bit of feedback and analysis.  Thank you, Dr. Bolles.  I just might try it as well as recommend it to others. I think it is possible that receiving feedback from the people in our lives can be perceived as information, support (don’t we all hope!) and recognition of what we are doing right.

Why not try this free service?  I hope you will be so encouraged that you will pass this on to others who could use a bit of feedback.



You are invited…

January 5, 2014

Happy New Year!  If your resolutions include keeping yourself up to date in the latest job hunting techniques, I can help you meet that goal for January. Times are still tough, competition remains stiff for good positions, and you need contemporary ideas for your resume.

On January 16, 2014, I’ll be at the Prince Frederick library (Calvert County, MD) for an afternoon of exploring resumes for the digital age.  From 2:00 to 3:30, you can pose a question or two, share a concern, and learn a few tips about bringing your resume into the 21st century. I’ll share strategies that are featured in my e-book, Reflections on Resumes: Taking a Second Look.

I’m putting together some information for the workshop, so if you are planning to attend and you have a concern about your resume, let me know in advance and I will address it.

If you have a question about location or directions, you can contact the library at (410) 535-0291 or (301) 855-1862.

More on this later…

It’s here!

December 12, 2013

You’ve heard it from me and (I hope) from school.  This is it – the week of code.

The tech giants (every company you can name in the field) have banded together to sponsor a unique program called Hour of Code.  Whether preschoolers, students at all levels, or just plain people of all ages and experience (or not), it is time to head for and start exploring.

I’ve just been cruising through the site.  Animated holiday e-cards!  Getting your friends to be robots and follow your program directions!  Designing a game and then playing it!

This is fantastic.  So creative.  And if you can accomplish one of the projects, you can print yourself a certificate of completion.

I could go on and on, but my card isn’t quite finished.  Must figure out how to drag the squirrel onto the Christmas tree.  Cute!

While the young folks are coding – er – having fun, remind them occasionally of the job opportunities that are out there for programmers.  They just might thank you for this someday.

Are you registered?

November 17, 2013

I am!  I’ve only a vague idea of what is going to happen during Computer Science Education Week (starting Dec. 9), but I’ve registered to participate.

Have you heard about this world-wide phenomenon called The Hour of Code?  It is an education effort designed primarily for students (but they are letting the rest of us tag along), developed and presented by the captains of the computer world – I mean the real giants in the field.  Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, etc etc. are concerned about the lack of competent programmers being trained right now, so they are planning to enlighten us and demystify the programming process a bit.

During Computer Science Education week, this special tutorial called Hour of Code will be offered to schools, communities, day care centers, families, workplaces, and anyone who wants to learn.  I suggest you register now, so that you will receive emails about upcoming events.