For anyone that has stumbled upon this blog, it is rather dormant recently because I am working on building a blog into my official site. As such, I haven’t been blogging much here. Just wanted to clarify!
Being the president of a fraternity, I get to know a lot of new members pretty well. Last year I managed their new membership education program. This year, I am also trying to assist my vice president set up a substantial member education system that includes real world training. Topics include etiquette, study habits, financial education, etc. But most recently, we discussed employment practices.
Interviewing and resumes are always important in hiring decisions, but I think the application process is changing dramatically with the digital environment. From what I can tell, networking has always been probably one of the most important aspects of who gets hired, and with social networking moving online, our generation has to be ready to take advantage of any of the numerous channels that connect people.
LinkedIn is probably the most obvious professional networking tool out there right now. I set up a profile just this last month. It was easy, took about 15 minutes, and already has connected me to about 30-40 friends and contacts. Many are alums of the fraternity or coworkers of my parents. Others are current colleagues from the Greek community, classes, or employees at the State Capitol, or are professors at the university. Whether or not these people will lead me to a direct job offer is still unknown, but why not increase my chances with such a short investment.
Similarly, why students don’t use the Husker Hire Link set up by the university is beyond me. There are tons of jobs posted, with about 20 just set up over this last weekend. And these range from career positions to summer availabilities to internships and co-opts. Finding work at college should not be an issue…
Twitter is a little bit less obvious; I see a lot of people using it definitely as a social tool, like a Facebook status update. But I feel like if Twitter is used correctly, it should be something applicants tell their interviewers to check out. Why not put that information on your resume? It should give others another level of connection to your life, something that can only be partially achieved in interviews. So many of my friends disregard Twitter as being too “hipster” or “nerdy,” like it is some techy-fad. Maybe it is, but again, why not just set up an account and start making some original content?
Finally, people should be considering setting up their own personal website. Our generation (as this blog has discussed several times before) is very much a digital one. Whether it is true or not, our future employers are going to expect us to be tech-savy. Having a personal website is probably the best way to prove this. html and css are not hard to learn; I taught myself the basics in junior high. It wasn’t until the beginning of this semester and through a JOUR class that I realized I should be putting these skills to use (even if just as a hobby). Again, being able to put nickholle.com down on a resume, even linking additional information to the site, will probably be a decision I make when applying for jobs in the future. I can link school coursework, artwork, design projects, essays, accomplishments, pictures, whatever I want, all on a domain that is completely my creation. Even if this stuff isn’t necessarily related to the job I am applying for, they are still skills I have…
This rant more or less is directed at anyone who thinks having tools like this isn’t necessary. You might be right; you can probably get a job without these profiles. But then again, if there are two competing similar applicants, same qualifications, but one with professional social networking skills, who do you think is going to be hired?
So maybe “weekly” wasn’t such a good title for these ad reviews, seeing as how the last one was clear back in late February. Each week I have been collecting advertisements I want to discuss, but when the time to review these cases comes along, I end up doing something else (sleeping, web design, fraternity work, or school stuff… usually in that order). Anyways, I have a few good ones to discuss and I also have some free time, so lets do it!
Probably will be moving content over to my new domain name soon, but until the end of the semester it will also serve as my JOUR 165 homework website. So expect some strange content up there for a bit.
Still, exciting. Now I own the rights to a webpage of my name. Strange to think it could be otherwise.