profile tips

April 24, 2007

When creating your own webprofile here are some helpful tips to remember.

1). Professionalism: make sure all of your links work, and everything is punctuated and spelled correctly.

2). Individuality: Your profile should be a reflection of you. Characterize it to fit your unique personality. This would include the layout and information given on the profile.

3). Content: A profile should provide an employer with all the information they may want when looking for a potential employee. Ex. resume, cover letter, examples of writing, awards, pictures, hobbies, interests, professional writings, letters of rec, and anything else you think an employee may want to know about you.

4). Uniformity: your blog should be consistent in all aspects. This point closely relates to professionalism, but it is more critical than general. What I mean is that, if I link to another site to view some information, then you may want to consider using the same color scheme, border, and shading. Little things like this make the profile unique.

Check out some links of some profiles I think are pretty good. Let me know what you think!

Diversified Search: Ray and Berndston

Professional Profiles makes profiles for businesses. Check out some of their work.

Job opportunities

April 24, 2007

Job 1

Write up the Corporate Ladder Part III

April 24, 2007

I’m continuing to read Part III for my class, and below I’ve decided to post a few bullet points on the thoughts I found interesting.  In part three, Ryan switches the focus from interviewing authors to executives and CEO’s of companies.  In an attempt to find out about writing practices inside the corporate world, Ryan alters his questions so that he can get an insdier tip on just how much companies value good writing practices within the work environment.  Take a look at some interesting notes below!

  • Good writing fosters good thinking.  In other words clear thinking = good writing.
  • A lot of businesses have invested in writing courses that teach specific styles of writing necessary to the job.
  • It is a common belief that successful people write and speak well.  Much emphasis is placed on writing when it comes to promotions and advancement in corporate America.
  • Most CEO’s agree that at best writing in Corporate America is mediocre and could use improvement.
  • However, I think it is interesting to note that most companies boast of putting great emphasis on their employee writing skills, but all agree that the corporate world could use much improvement when it comes to professional writing. . . Who’s responsible for the slack!?!?
  • Usuall when a person advances in a company, they are required to write more.   There writing also becomes more visible to the company, so if they struggle it is quickly noticed.
  • Good writing in the corporate world is informative, simple, gets to the point, and the ideas are presented in an orderly fashion.

Naked Conversations: Chp 4-6

April 24, 2007

Continuing to read this book has only increased my interest in the blogosphere.  Each story draws my interest more than the previous one, and I’ve found myself thinking about ways in which I can incorporate blogs into my own personal life.  Matter of fact, a large part of chapter 5 was dedicated to small business blogs and the impact a blog can have on a small business.  After, reading this part of the book and learning a little bit more about blogs and the different ways to approach a blog, I immediately called my brother and asked him if he knew anything about blogging.  Currently in the consultant business, my brother could definately benefit from blogging.  He wouldn’t even have to be what the book considers an A + blogger (Someone who blogs religiously); rather, by reading others blogs and becoming more familiar with the practices and criticisms in his field, I think his consultant skills would increase immensely. 

I really feel the need to share the Five Success Tips for blogging found in chapter 5. 

1.  Talk, don’t sell:  Most of the success stories of blogs are about people who are passionate and interested in their field.  They want to give honest information and receive honest feedback.  As a result, people respect their openness, connect to their blog, and eventually a tipping point occurs, in which the blog can become instantly popular and generate it’s own marketing.  Those bloggers who use a blog specifically for marketing purposes don’t necessarily experience as much marketing success as those who just passionately talk about the product.

2.  Post often and be interesting:  This will not only increase your blog juice, but it will give people a reason to keep coming back for more.  Knowing the way a blog works, the more people read, the more they post and link, and the more your information is spread around the world!

3.  Write on issues you know and care about:  As in anything in life, talking about what you’re passionate about establishes credibility.  People who are passionate generally have more interesting and alternate points of view on a subject.  People may not agree with your opinion, but they will respect you for providing honest conversation and presenting well developed research.

4.  Blogging saves money, but costs time:  Most people (executives) cite time as a reason why they quit blogging.  Blogging is known to cut marketing costs exponentially, but the downside is you must spend more time keeping the blog current and up to date.  Some people consider time as money.  It is up to you personally to decide which way you decide to spend your time.  I think the results of blogging are tipping towards the time sector, and I personally feel the results of long-term successful blogging more then compensates for the time lost.

5.  You get smarter by listening to what people tell you:  two words, constructive criticism.  Learn to love it, and learn to filter it.  Either way, it makes you wiser in the long run.

 Well, these are just a few of my thoughts on Naked Conversations.  Look for more in the days to come.

Reflections on a Pod Cast

April 24, 2007

I recently tuned into a Pod Cast between John Burn and America’s number one CEO management coach Marshal Goldsmith.  For about 18 minutes or so, Mr. Goldsmith shared a little insight on the importance of managing one’s personal and professional career.  He gave three main points of emphasis, which are strategy, brand identity, and mission. 

 Mr. Goldsmith is experienced in taking company’s to the next level, and his techniques are tried and proven.  His three main points make a lot of sense once he breaks them down.  Each person needs to have a strategy about how they will approach their career.  Many professionals agree that much of the success received in the professional world is luck, but the same professionals would never go without planning for the future.  Mr. Goldsmith’s idea of establishing a brand identity and a mission statement go hand-n-hand.  For a person to be successful, they must know who they are.  This makes sense, because in interviews employee’s want to get a good feel for who a person is.  Also, people are 24/7 judging and critiquing other’s actions and words.  Knowing one’s identity and brand allows for he or she to correctly choose the job and career opportunities that are right for themself.

 I personally enjoyed the podcast, and plan on tuning into the next one.  If you would like to listen in also, just click on the link below.

Who Manages Your Career_.mp3

I hope you enjoy.

Pass the wrench

April 24, 2007

One way I like to describe myself is as a jack-of-all-trades.  I’ve pretty much done it all since I was a kid.  I played piano competitively for ten years.  I played basketball, baseball, and soccer.  I’ve competed in gymnastics, bowling, chess, math, and swimming, and I’ve received honors for academic achievement and creativity.  As a result of my wide spectrum of experiences, I developed an equally diverse array of friends.  When it comes to meeting people I am no respecter of persons.  I have best freinds who are rich, poor, black, white, foreign, etc.  I still enjoy doing a lot of different things, which is making it very difficult to narraw down what it is I want to make as my career.  But, the nice thing is that I have a lot of options.  Currently my biggest passions are undertanding people and facilitating social change.  I love music and would like to get into producing, and I’m beginning to develop the patience for writing personal essays and poetry.  When it’s all said and done, I see myself being an entrepreneur and puursing a lot of my more passionate hobbies.

Cover Letters

April 24, 2007

I recently read a few blogs about cover letters and I came up with a few major points about cover letters.

  • Write about your passions and how they relate to jobs.
  • Cover letters should be specifically tailored to the job.  It should explain the skills you posses that are relevant to the job.
  • Confidence in skills goes a long way too.
  • A cover letter is all about showcasing the skills you have that are necessary for the job. (This means the use of examples)
  • Really know the job requirements
  • Come up with explanations about how you possess the skills you don’t have experience for.
  • Write something univesally appealing.  As I always say, “It is better to break down a complicated situation into simple terms than to make something simple sound complicated”
  • Tell how you are good for the company in the longterm.
  • End on a positive note
  • A T-Letter may be a good alternative.
  • 5 key points is an absolute maximum
  • Be creative and specific.

If you agree or disagree please let me know!

Free Writing in Class

April 24, 2007

Todays Post is a free writing assignment we did while in professional writing class.  Remember, free writing.  Therefore my writing may detour off subject at times.  The breaks in writing are when my teacher asked for us to stop, and gave us a new subject to write about.  The first subject is writing about our upcoming assignment.  The second subject is writing about what we usually write about in our free time, and the third subject is writing about what we have to do in the next week.  I hope you enjoy.
Free Writing

I really don’t know who I want to interview right now.  I was thinking my mentor Vicky, but I use her for just about everything.  So, now I’m stuck.  I was thinking my mother, but I know just about everything I need to know about my mom.  After all, she is my closest friend in the entire world.  I just got an internship for this summer.  I’m possibly looking into the profession.  It could be an interesting one, and I’ve got the hook up with the company.  The lady that interviewed me seems like she would be a really good candidate for this assignment, but I’m not too sure how keen she would be on me reversing the interview process.  Plus, she’s a very busy woman, so i don’t know if she’d even have time to be interviewed.  Now, I’m really stuck, but why I’m free writing I’ll go ahead and talk about how much the Royals Rock!  Yeah Baby, the KC Royals started the season with a solid victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday.  Our new investment in a solid pitcher is already paying off.  Who say Jesus hasn’t returned yet?  He’s hear baby, and he wears blue and white.  So, back to the assignment.  I guess I could interview on of my more interesting teachers.  I’m not sure many of them like me.  I’m not really a model student, although I’m a really good guy.  My teachers all know my potential, and I think it pisses them off that I underachieve in the classroom and overachieve in the extra curricular area.  Oh, well I’m trying.  I just hate school.  Some challenges I could face with this assignment is procrastinating.  Some other, maybe more important challenges are contacting people, them not wanting their information on the web, someone not understanding what I’m asking for, etc. I like to write when I get high.  When I get high my mind just take off.  It’s really quite amazing.  I can write for hour non-stop, and the stuff literally makes sense.  I don’t write about random far off in the galaxy type shit, but I write about issues and questions that have been weighing on my mind for days.  Once, I get high I just feel the need to express it on paper.  I think I don’t do it otherwise, because I’m too lazy.  I could be anywhere, but I’m usually in my room, because I like to smoke by myself.  Reason being, my mind just goes crazy, and I really would rather not talk to other people.  They just wouldn’t understand.  So, I write, and I save my material, and I even read over it time and time again.  I like to write about the world and the problems in it, but I usually take a people stand point.  What I mean is that people as human beings are so predictable.  So, I write about people.  I write about how smart we are, how stupid we are.  I write about how we know right from wrong and choose to do either.  I also write about my life.  I’m always challenging myself, so I write about what I need to do and what I’ve already done.  I write about how I failed and how I should fix it.  I write about the things I want to do with my life, and where I think my life is going.  Usually, when I free write I’m brutally honest.  Sometimes I have to stop, because I’m too hard of a critic on myself and I can get myself down.  Other times I am elated and elevate myself into realms of understanding and knowledge that I didn’t know even existed inside of me.  Writing can be a very liberating thing.  Maybe that’s why I switched my major to English.

I have a lot of shit to do.  First, I have to turn in my Application for TFA Campus Campaign manager, and second I need to do the Fafsa for me and my little sister.  I really want her to go to college, so I need to fill that out so she can get as much money as possible.  I need to also prepare an agenda for my organizations meeting tonight.  There’s also other things I need to do like homework, but I really don’t want to think about that shit right now.

Write up the Corporate Ladder Part Deuce

April 24, 2007

I’m reading Kevin Ryan’s “Write up the Corporate Ladder” for my class, and I thought I’d post a few thoughts on part II of the book.  I’m finding this book to be a very easy read, which is not to say that it is a waste of time.  Rather, the content is very intriguing and informative.  Part II consists of a number of interviews of well written and established authors.  In an effort to discover how the respective authors managed to climb the latter to published greatness, Ryan asked each person a variety of questions aimed at dissecting their respective writing practices. 

Pat II really helped me with an assignment I have coming up in which I must interview a professional about their writing practices.  I think it is a common consensus among the interviewees in Ryan’s book that revision, editing, re-writing, and passion are what make a good writer.  Three interviews that stick out to me are Rhonda Abrams, Suze Orman, and Roy Williams.  Each professional talks about the importance of practicing writing.  Although each of the three are succesful writers in their own rights, they are not ashamed to admit that getting to the top takes a lot of practice writing and much revision.  I agree with the authors that their is NO miracle way to produce a perfect draft on the first try.  The only way to produce a completed/well-written draft is to go through multiple revisions, which may take many painstaking hours.

 Also, I found it interesting that many of these writers dn’t necessarily observe standard writing rules.  They feel as though doing so limits the natural ability to write passionately and creatively.  The main focus is to deliver a message, not to worry about punctuatin and correct grammar.  Sometimes to deliver the message effectively the rules of English writing must be broken!  Observing the rules is what the editors job.  I like the quote Roy Williams used.  He says, “In my estimation, the people who overestimate the value of spelling, grammar, and punctuation become edictors.” 

thoughts about report assignment

April 24, 2007

After doing some thinking about my report assignment, I’ve decided to either interview that same person I used for my Profile assignment or interview another person within the same office.  I’m not really sure which direction I’m going to take as of now.  Interviewing Jason again would be simple, because he’s already familiar with the interveiw process and he would sort of know what to expect.  I’ve already warmed him up to what I’m trying to accomplish.  However, there is a lady in the office who I think may make a better candidate for the report assignment.  Reason being, she has been in the law industry for much longer than Jason, and she is recognized around the office as the smartes person in the office.  Previously a lawyer, she doesn’t just know the ins and outs of the industry from a second person point of view; rather, she has an insider’s take on everything.  Currently, she doesn’t practice law, however, she is still very much involved with the inner workings of Faber & Brand. 

 My only apprehensions is that she is known to be a little rude.  I think she is a little rude, because she is extremely busy.  She always ends up answering questions that aren’t her responsibility to answer, because other people don’t know the information.  So, first of all, I don’t know if she’d have enough time to sit down and talk with me.  Secondly, I don’t know if she’d be willing to do so.  I know that Jason is already capable, and he is also willing to take the time and answer questions.  I fear that if Lynn did commit to an interview she may give very short and brief answers, as to accomodate to her schedule.

 As for the interview process itself, I plan on using many of the same questions that are used in “Write up the Corporate Ladder”.  I think Kevin Ryan really asks the right questions that help reveal the specific types of writing done in specific industries.  He also is able to caputre the sentiment surrounding an office atmosphere regarding writing practices.