Are you looking for ideas to write about on your blog, check out this video by Problogger Darren Rowse by clicking here. In the video, he mentions using AWeber for your newsletter. I use AWeber and think it has some great advantages. To see my links for the newsletters from AWeber, click here. Feel free to sign up for my newsletters to see the format in which they are delivered. They create very professional looking newsletters. I highly recommend them.
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Since employers receive thousands of resumes every year, a bad cover letter can keep your resume from being viewed. Employers will simply push your resume aside and pick someone with a more intriguing cover letter.
A cover letter template can be a great start when writing your letter. There are several misconceptions that need to be addressed when using a template, though. For instance, often times we spend hours composing the perfect resume and spend around 10 minutes preparing our cover letter. People grab a quick letter template and barely change anything. Your cover letter leads up to the most important element for landing you an interview.
4 Tips For Customizing Templates
1. Chances are you aren’t the only one that downloaded a cover letter template and barely changed it. Having the same cover letter as your competitors won’t help you land your dream job. You need to stand out from the crowd so, make sure you only use the template as a general guideline. Really customize your cover letter to make it stand out and get noticed.
3. Don’t just fill in the blanks on your template. It’s best just to look at a template to get an idea of what should be included in the letter and how to structure it. You want yours to be custom and unique. Use your content in an organized fashion but it doesn’t have to match the template exactly. Get creative and get noticed by employers.
4. Make your cover letter personalized by addressing it to an actual person. This will really set you apart from competitors especially if they are using the run of the mill cover letter with no customization. The main goal of your cover letter is to catch the reader’s attention and get you an interview. Specially address their company within the letter and get the interview you deserve!
Following these simple tips can make using templates work for you not against you in your job hunt.
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Mashable.com has a great article you should check out about creating a landing page in Facebook. If you have an individual page set up for your business on Facebook, I recommend reading their article about promoting that page by clicking here.
If you are in Facebook, look up Static FBML in the search bar at the top and add it to your page. You can simply go into edit your page to add HTML text. It is like the WordPress widget text box. In Facebook, it will put a tab on the top of your page and you can put in text just like you would into any HMTL text screen. I found it very useful to add the icons where they can follow me at other locations such as Twitter, Linkedin, etc. To see my example page, click here.
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Today’s Ask Dr. Diane: What is the site ratemyprofessor.com all about?
Ratemyprofessor.com is a website dedicated to allowing students to find out more about their professors and the courses they are going to take before they begin class. The site allows students to give their opinion of the classes and the instructors of those classes they have taken previously. It is not unlike the rating one would give a book they have read on Amazon. Because of that, you will see a wide variety of responses on there. Some students may write wonderful, glowing comments, while others write less flattering things. You can search for a professor or a school on the site. I have found it to be the most accurate to first search for the school and then look for the individual professor within that school where they are listed alphabetically. To search for the school, you would type in the upper right hand search box. It will then give you a list of schools. Click on the one you want and then it will pull up a screen that lets you browse by last name of the professor.
I haven’t heard as many of my students refer to this site lately. It seemed a lot more popular a few years ago. It is kind of a fun little site to see what others are saying. However, just as with any review, you have to realize there could be “sour grapes”. A student who may not have done well in the course may be more likely to say something negative about the professor. Also there is a lot of subjectivity so what may be a horrible class to one may be a wonderful class to another. The information is fun but it should be taken with a grain of salt.
As I mentioned, it is not new to publish information about professors online. However, there is a new trend that has some people up in arms. Take a look at a recent NPR article where the author mentions that 6,000 elementary teachers in Los Angeles will see their names published online, along with data showing how much their students improved on standardized tests by clicking here.
Hi Diane, I appreciate your advice to Import your WordPress blog into Linkedin. What a great idea! Also the google docs! Thank you! Jeni
- Input a presentation from Google Docs to showcase your abilities. It is simple to create presentations in Google Docs that are very similar to a PowerPoint presentation. There is an application you can add within Linkedin that allows you to access the Google Docs presentation. When your contacts look at your profile page, they will be able to see your presentation.
- Use the Question and Answer section to either ask a question and get connected or answer a question and become an expert. If you go to the “More” tab and pick Answers, you will find this section. Then click on Career and Education. You can look for topics that may help you with your career search, ask a question or answer one. Every time you answer a question and someone picks your answer as the best answer, you get one point toward being someone listed with expertise. You will notice tabs for open questions, closed questions and experts. Becoming an expert can help promote your skills to more people and open up more job options for you.
- Be sure you have combined your outgoing messages your post on your home page with Twitter. There is a little box you need to check to be sure that any updates you post will not only get posted on Linkedin but also on your Twitter page. If you do not have a Twitter page, it is easy to set up and free. Just go to Twitter.com.
- Import your WordPress blog into Linkedin. Just as you were able to include Google Docs through adding an application, you can do the same for your blog. In this way, people will be able to see your blog on your profile page.
- Check out all of the extra add-on applications that are available including: Polls, Google Presentation, Blog Link, Box-Net, Portfolio Display, SlideShare Presentations, SAP Community Bio, Company Buzz, My Travel, Reading List, Huddle Workspaces, Real Estate Pro, Tweets, Events, and Legal Updates. If you have a lot of good multi-media to display, Portfolio Display would be a good addition.