How to Stand Out in Your Job Search. Or in Life. Part I

Here I’d like to share with you a few strategies that caught my eye and that may help you stand out not only in your job search but also in selling yourself in life more generally. Don’t forget that you can also use visual resumes.

  • Part I: Using a job search website targeted to a specific company
  • Part II: Using a targeted blog and building community
  • Part III: Using Slideshare and a targeted social media campaign

Using a job search website targeted to a specific company

I thought I was doing my best during my job search to customise every piece of content I was sending out to specific companies. And maybe I was, within the time constraints, putting reasonable effort into this. Yet I could have definitely done more and my problem lay in a lack of proper focus.

I should have learned from this guy:

Jason Zimdars, a graphic designer, created a website focused specifically on getting him a position at 37signals.

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What Jason did:

  • Avoided generic job applications. He targeted a specific company and tailored all of his content towards showing how he would be perfect for this one company and for this one job.
  • Researched everything about the company. Their past projects, what others are saying about them, company culture, their products as well as people within the company.
  • Explained why he wants the job and also why he’d be perfect for it.
  • Showed examples of his previous work projects and also included his resume.
  • He was proactive and gave insight into what his work for this specific company would look like. He did this by including a redesign of one of their web pages and showing his creative process. This way, the company wouldn’t be hiring “a rabbit in a hat” but someone whose quality of work they were able to judge beforehand.
  • Showed his personality and interests.

Ultimately, he made himself their most interesting and innovative applicant and clearly stood out from the crowd. And the result? You guessed it: he was hired!

Do you have any examples of creative job search using new web technologies?

How to Stand Out in Your Job Search. Or in Life. Part II

This is Part II of a three-part series on how you can be creative and stand out in your job search and more generally when selling yourself anywhere else.

Read other articles in this series:

Using a targeted blog and building community

In the previous post, we talked about setting up a website with your online pitch and portfolio targeting a specific company you would like to work for.

Yet even this approach results in a somewhat static website, lacking essential interactivity. Wouldn’t it be great if you could continually update the posted information and give the hiring company an insight into your thoughts as time goes by?

Jamie Varon did this through her TwitterShouldHireMe.com campaign

What Jamie did:

  • She created a blog with an eye-catching URL that also included the keywords of the company she was targeting.
  • She used other social media tools to promote her blog and to build community around her search (her posts on Twitter received over 400 retweets).
  • She included information about how others could get involved, either through posting a banner or through bookmarking her blog on other sites.
  • She updated her blog regularly providing more and more information about herself and why she wanted the job. This way she could also respond to the feedback she was getting from the online community that built around her.

Did Twitter hire Jamie? As of now, not. But this campaign did get her noticed and Twitter did invite her in for a lunch/interview. The important part is that this campaign certainly raised Jamie’s profile and led to job offers from other companies that liked her inventiveness and creativity. So it was definitely worth it.

Are you using a blog to promote your personal brand? Would you like to? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section.

Social Media 101 – Tool for Communication

On this blog, I want to talk about how we can use social media as a tool for communication – communication in this vastly connected world, world of Web 2.0, world where you can engage in conversation with the leading figures of your industry (be it on Twitter or through commenting on their blog), world where you can reach thousands of your customers/audience with just one click, world where communication truly becomes globalised and democratised.

How to Stand Out in Your Job Search. Or in Life. Part III

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This is Part III of a three-part series on how you can be creative and stand out in your job search and more generally when selling yourself anywhere else.

Read other articles in this series:

Using Slideshare and a targeted social media campaign

We’ve looked at using a website as well as a blog and community-building techniques to promote yourself in your job search. But what about a truly comprehensive campaign using multiple social media tools?

It’s difficult to look for a job in a city far away from your current location. When Laura Gainor found out that she and her husband had to relocate to Milwaukee, she decided to be proactive and use Slideshare and other social media tools to target a position at a specific company.

What Laura did:

  • She researched potential companies of interest in the Milwaukee area through web and twitter search and started following their employees and brands on Twitter.
  • Reacted very quickly to a tweet about an open position posted by Comet Branding on Twitter.
  • Started a comprehensive social media campaign #LauraGainorToMilwaukee – using Foursquare, SquarePik, Youtube and Slideshare.
  • Caught the company’s attention through a creative photo campaign in the actual location. Laura made sure the company’s representatives were tagged in every tweet she used in the campaign and were thus informed constantly about her efforts.
  • By targeting a specific company, she could truly tailor all of her interactionstowards gaining the specific position.
  • She put together a visual resume and showcased both her campaign as well as skills and experience.

Laura got the job! With a bit of effort and lots of creativity, she was able to differentiate herself from all the other applicants for this post and show that she would really fit into the team.

What do you think about Laura’s approach?

Top 5 Best Free Related Post Plugins For WordPress

I already made post for top 10 wordpress plugins. Here I am going to explain you top 5 related post plugin to display related post on your site. Related post are better way to increase blog engagement and using this your readers spend more time on your blog. So here I reveal the best 5 related post plugin to display  related posts.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)

YARPP gives you opportunity to display pages, posts, and custom post types related to the current entry and displays related content on your site.

Some useful features of YARPP :

  • Thumbnails or list view of related content
  • Related post, pages and displays custom post type
  • Templating: Different types of templates available to display related content
  • Related posts in feed: This plugin also displays related posts in feeds

Wp-Thumbie

This related post plugin displays related posts with the thumbnails. You can select how many posts to displays as a related post.

Some useful features of Wp-Thumbie :

  • Displays related post with the thumbnail feature. No need to edit template.
  • This plugin doesn’t use any custom field to display thumbnails.
  • You can manually add code where to display Wp-thumbie.
  • Displays related posts based on content and title.

Nrelate

Best plugin to displays related content on your site. I am using this plugin on my site. Installing and configuring this plugin is really easy. This plugin provide various templates to display related post.

Some useful features of Nrelate :

  • Automatically displays before and after post
  • It also has widgets to place.
  • You can use nrelate-related() function in your theme.

Related post thumbnails

This is another simple plugin to display related posts. This related post plugin also allows you to displays thumbnails size, display setting and relations. You can easily translate plugin language.

Some usefull features of related post thumbnails :

  • You can specify number of related posts to display.
  • This plugin also allows you to displays thumbnails size.
  • You can use [related-posts-thumbnails] short code .
  • You can also customize background colors, borders.

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Setting up a new blog on web server and make it live is not that easy task. Here are some awesome benefits you will get in my free blog set up service.

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What is A Blog and How to create it A Blog ?

I already explains you the difference between a Blog and a Website. Though blogging is increasing in a cyberspace there are majority of people who doesn’t know about what is a blog or what is blogging. I feel all these people deserve to know about what is blog and how to create it with some other questions related to blog .This post helps you to find the answer of question arises in your mind regarding with the blog. Here is a short tutorial help you to find answers of four important questions in  most people’s mind.

1. What is A Blog?what is blog

2. How to create A Blog?

3. Can I make money with blogging?

4. What is wordpress or blogger?

1. What is A Blog?

A blog is a web log that a blogger makes for chronological listing of that blog posts. A blog has its most recent content shown at the top followed by the later updated content.

A blog is like a online notebook diary. Yes, that’s it. What do write in a diary? Of course the stuffs we like, the stuffs that are important some help full tips .Your Diary is only limited to you but with the online diary like a blog you can share your knowledge to the world.

So in short a blog is a personal website where you can write about the things you like and share with the millions of people worldwide.

2. How to create A Blog?

Yes I know this is a most important question .Creating a blog is totally free. Anyone can create a blog; there are free services available like blogger or wordpress. Just sign up for any service and create a blog. And most important these services are absolutely free. Anyone can create a blog without paying anything!

3. Can I make money with blogging?

For creating a blog you pay nothing instead you earn in $$!  Yes I am not kidding friends you can earn with your blog from $ 100 to $ 10,000 monthly. Yes it’s true here are some blogs with their monthly income report:

1) Smartpassiveincome –   Earning :  86,262.53  USD per Month

2) Labnol.org                     –  Earning : 36000 USD per Month

3) SHOUTMELOUD          –   Earning : 11000 USD per Month

Plus you can make friends in the blogosphere and earn respect in the eyes of thousands of people worldwide. But all this  happens with the little hard work and patience. Yes, without hard work you’ll get nothing in thing world, especially money.

And the best thing I have experienced is that you can learn new things every second.

4. What is wordpress or blogger?

In simple word wordpress or blogger are the tools available online where you can create your blog.

Blogger provides you online service and free hosting where you can place your blog online. There are various tools available in blogger , you can completely customize template of your blog, add widgets available by blogger

What is the difference between Blog and Website?

When anyone started blogging often one question arises in every beginners mind that what is the difference between a blog and website ? So, let’s just clear the air and reveal the difference between a blog and a website.

The main difference between a blog and a website is the difference in how data is being presented on it. But Apart from that, in practicality there is a fine line between a blog and a website, which makes blog differ from a website.

There are some basic differences between them. So, let’s just clear out the air and reveal the difference between a blog and a website.

What is a Blog?

A blog is a web log that a blogger makes for chronological listing of that blog posts. A blog has its most recent content shown at the top followed by the later updated content.

A blog can be easily started with the online services available like WordPress, Blogger, etc.

Blogger provides you free service and is good to start blogging. WordPress costs you to setup a blog. The advantage on wordpress is that it provides you more number of plugins , themes , customizable templates.

Some basic identification of Blog:

  • A chronological listing of blog posts.
  • Blog posts are archived by date, time, author, category, tags and.
  • A commenting system that invites readers to comments and to participate in a communication.
  • In short we can say blog is a personal website, where you can share your knowledge to the readers.
  • RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds for posts and/or comments for feed-readers like Feedburner , feedly etc.

What is a Website?

The website is different from blog in some manner. A website can be anything, anything on the internet shown with HTML/CSS /javascript/php/asp can be said as a website. The home page of the website is used to brows other pages on the website and not just a post. Building a eye caching website is a time consuming task but there are some software available in market to build websites like adobe dreamweaver.A website can be anything ranging from one page to billion user website like facebook, gmail.

Some basic identification of a website:

  • A homepage that displays content often loads as a first page of a website.
  • A design portfolio of work.
  • Pages are link to each another. You can submit data and website process over it.
  • A Frequently asked questions page that readers can browse to get more information.
  • A Contact form that allows visitors to complaint or to get in touch.

Why Ad:Tech Did Permission Marketing Right

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I learned a few lessons at Ad:Tech this week. What I liked most about the event, however, was the precision with which they had permission marketing down to an art.

When I registered to attend Ad:Tech (for free), I was added to the list with updates about the upcoming conference, informing me about the free seminars and the scheduled programme. I could have ticked more boxes and received emails about advertising at the event or about the conference itself, but by giving me the choice, the Ad:Tech team ensured that I opted-in to receive the information I would actually find useful rather than annoying me with unsolicited emails.

Using my interest and my permission

At the conference itself, my interest (in all things advertising, marketing, technology) and my permission (to be contacted about suitable offers that may interest me as a marketing professional) was used in very inventive ways. From the moment I stepped into the exhibit hall at Olympia and printed out my attendee badge with a barcode (see above), my permission was being utilised on every step. A hostess at the entrance scanned my barcode to record I was there (and that it was only on Wednesday rather than on both days of the event). Every seminar I sat down for, someone would be scanning my badge just as any exhibitor I talked to would make sure to scan the barcode I wore around my neck.

Here’s why this rocks for the organisers and exhibitors:

  • Both the organisers and the exhibitors are operating on a sound basis or assumption that if I attended the event (in my own free time), I’m interested in the topics/products/services that were being discussed or presented on the days.
  • The organisers now know exactly which day (if not both) I showed up at the event and whether I was keen (the time of my arrival) or came just for an afternoon.
  • They know exactly which seminars I chose to attend, giving them a very clear idea of what my specific interests in Ad:Tech were. Now they can email me with invitations to sessions and events that will cater specifically to what I’m looking for. (And I hope they do.)
  • The exhibitors that I talked to and that scanned my badge now have not only my contact information in easily accessible form (in case my business card gets lost) but also have a full list of potential contacts that they talked to on the day.
  • The exhibitors can email me with tailored offers if they get access to information about my interests as well.

What do you think? Is there anything they could have done even better? Did you mind having your badge scanned?

Matt Cutts on Dropping Backlinks From Google’s Algorithm

Whew! Good thing the result is a mess. If links will be excluded from their algorithm, lots of internet marketing companies will definitely encounter difficulties in thinking of great strategies for their clients. But while this is far from happening (yet), let’s just remember and apply the following basics to the websites we manage:

  • Good Content
  • Good site layout
  • No site issues (hidden links, stuffed keywords, duplicate content, etc.)
  • Natural Links
  • Reach out more people from your social media profiles

Did I miss anything? Sounds easy right? But not that easy when you act on each item above. It will take weeks, months or years before one can see improvement with the rankings, traffic and customers. So good luck to everyone!