Thursday, September 22, 2011

Six Ways to Better Market Yourself to Potential Employers

In order to show employers that you’ve got what they want, you need emphasize your greatest assets and skills. The best way to do this by using websites, career profiles, and social networking profiles to tell employers about your background. And make sure you use strong, positive language that shows your achievements and strengths.

These are the six major sections that employers are looking at:
  1. Academic Honors: If you’ve earned academic honors, don’t hesitate to list each and every one. Employers will be impressed with your hard work and smarts.
  2. Fellowships: Fellowships are usually merit-based and competitive, which shows a high level of achievement employers will appreciate.
  3. Scholarships: Being awarded a scholarship usually signifies that you outshone every other applicant by virtue of your achievements. Be sure to tell why you earned each scholarship so employers can get to know some of your strengths.
  4. Charitable Work / Volunteering: Now is not the time to be modest. If you’ve been involved in public service or charitable organizations, outline what you helped to accomplish. Many companies look for employees with a philanthropic bent.
  5. Clubs / Campus Organizations: List any clubs and organizations you’ve belonged to, from professional clubs to honor societies, and any leadership positions you’ve held within them. There is no limit to the number of clubs you can list, so your employers can get the full picture of your involvement on and off campus.
  6. Sports Participation: Many employers cite a candidate’s participation in sports as a positive influence in their decision to hire him or her. If you’ve developed skills such as leadership, teamwork, and endurance on the field, let employers know what you gained from the experience.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Liar, Liar, Posts on Fire

I'm just saying what you wish you could: she's not really a ________ and he didn't actually ________. In order to ________  you have to ________ and you did not.

So why do people insist on lying on social networks?

It starts with the fact that everyone lies. In 1996, a UVA psychologist published a landmark study that revealed an ugly truth about humans: Everyone lies. In fact, on average, people lie at least twice every day.

Today, it's even easier to lie. With communication methods becoming less face-to-face and more pre-meditated, a lie can be carefully crafted and revised before unveiling it to the world. Plus you don't have to worry about being caught scratching your ear, crossing your arms, or looking up and to the right.

Typically, people lie to attract the opposite sex. "I'm a doctor." "Just got back from France." "Just sold my Mercedes." And a social network is just a beefed up dating profile. So why would you expect any different? Have you seen the "documentary" Catfish?

Lying in Facebook's Bed

A recent study has revealed that Facebook is the cause of 20% of all divorces. Shocking? Not really. Think about all the "friends" you have on Facebook. Think about your communication habits. Then compare those to your real-life contacts and communications. The number of online temptations is staggering -- and much more prevalent than real-life temptations. Plus with personal passwords, privacy settings, and private messaging, it's easier than ever to hide your "relationships" from your significant other.

Currently, less than half (44%) of the people on Facebook are listed as being in some sort of committed relationship. And only 29% are listed as "married." The actual U.S. census numbers report a much higher percentage of the population (49.7%) is married. And it's not like Facebook isn't a significant sample size (51% of Americans are on Facebook = 150 million).

So what does that mean? Americans are lying in Facebook's bed.

Lying on Dr. Twitter's Couch

At a quick glance there are currently 7 tweets out of my 50 most recent that is either a pity-begging complaint about one's life or hidden stab at an unnamed "friend."

Why is it people insist on lying on this social couch and spilling their guts to an audience of strangers who don't care? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Just as we don't care what you ate for dinner or what time you woke up this morning, we also do not care that your boyfriend is a douche and your girlfriend is a slut. I know you are reaching for someone or something to pity you. I understand you're upset and lonely. But pick up the phone and call your family or text your friend.

And posting something for the sole purpose of making your ex jealous is awfully immature. Not there's anything wrong with that.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thesaurus Accomplished Negative Manufactured You Brainier

The thesaurus does not make you smarter.

Trust me. I know big words sound smart. But you sound more dumb now than you did before.

If you don't believe me - here are those last 3 sentences with thesaurus replacements:

Conviction me. I distinguish considerable terminology reverberate intellectual. Excluding you resonate supplementary stupid currently than you did formerly.

Agree now?

Separating Fantasy Football from Fandumb Football

Every year I go into my California Penal fantasy football league draft saying I will not pick from the heart - and every year I end up with 6 players from the great state of New York and 2 Cleveland Browns.

But this year was different. After years of watching the most clueless football "fans" finish in the top 3 every year with nothing but a magazine or spreadsheet, I too decided to go by the book. And boy did it pay off. I might as well have been on auto-pick but I ended up with a stud team and the second highest projected points for the first week's games.

Now there is no telling how the rest of the season will turn out - with injuries and sleepers inevitable - but I have done my job, and finally, for the first time in 9 years, separated fantasy from fan-dumb.

whatchya readin?

Whatever it is, it's probably not an actual printed book with paper pages and black ink.

Today, over 20 million people own e-readers and another 25 million own tablets with e-reader apps. That's a lot of eyeballs still interested in reading. Good news for our nation. Good news for the publishing industry. And good news for the rain forest. Bad news for the print industry.

But there is still hope. Many "ole-fashioned" people still enjoy flipping the crisp pages of a book. And even I, an over-indulgent technophile, love the smell of the dusty worn paper. But I may never pick up a hardback again. And yet, right there on the end table on the flip side of my bed sits a pink cover with 300 pages inside. She has an iPad sitting right there in the living room but won't touch that iBook or Kindle app. Why? Where is the line? And what drives an avid reader to e? I'll let you know if she ever does.