Try to practice yoga regularly (defined as twice a week)
Start a new book every time I finish one
Visit the Grand Canyon
Hike! (once a month, when the weather is nice)
Visit Colorado to do Colorado-y things
Actually fix that knee and run a half marathon
Say yes to everything for a day and maybe say yes to doing it again
Work no more than 40 hours a week
Try to transition to working one day at home a week
Visit with Mom & Dad once a month
Go to Tibet
Drive Across the Country
Ride an Elephant
Visit San Francisco
Be in the audience of The Price is Right
Reach my ideal weight without sacrificing my love for food
Swim with a whale
Swim with a manatee
Swim with a sea lion
Climb a legit mountain
Ride in a hot air balloon
See the Northern Lights
Hike the Appalachian Trail
Go on a meditation vacation… and figure out fully what that means
Try the sensory deprivation chamber
Audition for community theater
Hike the Inca Trail and Visit Machu Picchu
Take Andy to the number one place he wants to go and create the perfect vacation for him and don’t complain once
Climb a tree
Stay somewhere other than Baltimore for a few months
Visit Thailand/Cambodia/Vietnam/Laos once that area gets it together
Buy a new car
Spend New Year with no one but Andy in a foreign place
Try skiing (and don’t get hurt!)
Live in a place where I can plant things in the ground
See the Great Wall of China
See a salt flat
Float in the dead sea
Go in a natural hot spring
Go somewhere cold during winter
Go somewhere warm during winter
Take a vacation with my family and Andy’s family
Join a CSA (even a half!)
Unplug for 24 hours
Unplug for 48 hours
Unplug for 1 week
(to be continued)
Recently during a roundtable discussion about personal branding I was asked: “What should I do if my experience isn’t exactly linear or it’s not obvious that I have the skills necessary for the job?” My answer: forget the traditional resume and use a Career Launching Resume (CLR).
Unlike traditional resumes that are linear and based around where you worked and when, with a career launching resume you can highlight previous experience that is directly connected to the job you’re applying for. This is especially important for college students and recent graduates. When you’re in college, you’re most likely working random jobs or internships that may not go together or show a clear career path. You’re trying out different positions, industries, and organizations maybe only for a few months at a time. Therefore, a traditional linear resume is not the answer; what you want to send to potential employers is a Career Launching Resume (CLR).
Key Elements of a Career Launching Resume
It highlights your life experience, not your work experience
Why stuff your volunteer experience all the way at the bottom of your résumé, especially if it’s the most relevant to your potential job? Your volunteer and extra-curricular experiences are indicators of your potential in the workplace. Plus, the experience you gained through those activities is often more relevant than the experience or training gained in paid (but unrelated) work.
It focuses on your greatest assets and achievements
If the job you are applying for wants management skills, give data that shows what the team or project you managed accomplished, how you increased sales, or how you followed through with a successful project. Connect what you did and who you are with what the organization wants. This is where a strong personal brand can really help you craft your career launching resume.
It demonstrates your authentic interest in the role you’re applying for
Be explicit: how do your experiences connect with the mission of the organization? Highlight any experience (academic, extra-curricular, volunteer, internship, etc.) related to the position.
It’s written like a sales proposal and the product is you
In the end you are marketing a product: you! It is crucial that the packaging is put together and there are no surprises (think about the three C’s). What is your best presentation? Think about your personal brand and make sure your résumé highlights your brand and backs it up with specific examples.
Straying from the traditional resume can be scary and controversial. I argue that these days it’s hard to get a job without a personal connection, so you might as well do what you can to market yourself and stand out in a tough job market. For college students and recent graduates, this is especially important because you may not have the real-world experience to prove that you have the skills necessary for the job. Do you want more information about a career launching resume? Contact me and I can help you craft a resume destined for success!
What do you think about a career launching resume vs. a traditional resume? Share your answers in the comments!
Recently when I decided to change the name of my blog, I began thinking about how I started this journey. July 7, 2009 22 year old me applied to Public Allies New York and was rejected. They’re an incredibly competitive site and I was a new graduate living in New Jersey applying after the priority deadline. The problem was that I had found out about Public Allies too late! Luckily I didn’t give up and next year applied to Public Allies Maryland and was accepted into this life-changing and amazing program. With the application process open for Public Allies this year, I will be reflecting on and posting about how I became an AmeriCorps member at Public Allies Maryland over the next few weeks. To start this process, I want to share my first application.
Looking at the answers to these questions I am so happy I had two years with Public Allies Maryland to better define my personal mission and goals. I also had the opportunity to learn about other social problems in a real world context and serve and work with people from diverse backgrounds. Make sure to check out the last question about my definition of community.
Sample Answers from my Public Allies New York Application 2009
Please list your educational and career goals
I hope to work in the non-profit sector for the next one to three years and then I want to attend law school so I can better serve those in need. My interests involve education and grassroots organizing around reproductive health, domestic violence, sexual assault and LGBTQ rights. I am interested in working with people in general, but specifically women, teens, and girls. While in law school I hope to get a fellowship that deals with the issues I am passionate about and I then plan to use my law degree to help people who are discriminated against. Eventually I would like to return to the non-profit sector, not necessarily in a legal capacity, but as a vice-president, president, director or executive director. This way I can change the world in a larger sense and also help others realize their dreams and goals to change the world as I have been helped.
See more answers below the break!
A simple way to craft a strong personal brand is to use the three C’s of personal branding. This concept was first coined by William Arruda and Kirsten Dixson in their book Career Distinction: Stand out by building your brand. Want to know more about the three C’s of personal branding? Keep reading!
The three C’s of personal branding stand for: clarity, consistency, and constancy.
- Clarity – be clear about who you are, who you are not, who your audience is, and what differentiates you from the pack.
- Consistency –always express your brand the same way across all communication channels, both online and offline.
- Constancy – strong brands are always visible to their target audience.
To make sure you’re using the three C’s of personal branding ask yourself these questions:
- Clear – Check with the people who know you best or ask for feedback from me or other professionals in your field: does your brand make sense? Is your brand easy to understand?
- Consistent – Are you a different person online than you are offline? If so, your brand is not consistent. Does your personal brand encompass all of your interests, passions, and goals? If so, you’re on the right track!
- Constant – Are you googling yourself? (if not… do it! now!) Do you find anything on the first page? Do you find any negative information? Remember, finding nothing bad when you google yourself isn’t enough, you want anyone who googles you to find great content that accurately portrays your personal brand.
By using the three C’s you will keep yourself engaged (continuously learning about your field, passions, and interests) and stand out among the competition in a tough job market.
Want to learn more about the three c’s? Get more information from the source!
Kelly not only attended, but organized the personal branding roundtable discussion yesterday on behalf of AmeriCorps Alums Baltimore. (She also baked a delicious cake for all of us to enjoy!) In her post for Volunteer Maryland’s fantastic blog, she talks about some of the key aspects of personal branding (including the three C’s of personal branding) and provides some excellent examples that give personal branding real-world context. Thanks for sharing Kelly!
Originally posted on Volunteer Maryland:
Yesterday, I got to hear a great presentation from an AmeriCorps alum, Dara Goldberg, on personal branding. While “personal branding” is a hot buzzword that a people tend to love or hate, what it really refers to is deliberately designing your reputation. What do you want to be known for? How do you want people to talk about you when you’re out of the room?
To create a strong personal brand, Dara stated that you need to have the 3 Cs: be clear in what your central message is, consistent in repeating that message, and constant in getting it out there for people to hear and remember.
Taking the idea of branding back to it roots as a marketing tool for companies, I started thinking about how I had seen branding taking place at some of Volunteer Maryland’s partner sites. How had I seen Volunteer Maryland Coordinators employ branding…
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Quick update and a little personal history: I’ve decided to change the name of my blog to “If I knew that in college…” from “Year + One.” When I started my blog I had just moved to Baltimore and completed my first year of AmeriCorps at Public Allies Maryland. It was a year full of growth, change, and exploration! I’d lived in New Jersey for most of my life so I was living in a new place, I was finally doing work that I was passionate about, and I started a continuous learning journey into the world of social media and personal branding. At the time, Year + One made sense to me because I really felt that I could already see a clear distinction: my life before AmeriCorps and my life after… that year plus all the others.
Now, as I’ve developed more as a professional and have some new skills under my belt, I thought it was time for a change. I don’t know if this new blog name will stick around longer than the last, but I think it’s important to acknowledge when changes occur in our lives, so it feels right.
I can’t tell you how many times after I’ve finished a workshop, training, or roundtable discussion and I’ve had someone come up to me and say, “where was all this information while I was still in college?! I wish I knew this stuff then!” Because one of my goals is to help my peers, colleagues, recent graduates, and college students figure out their passions, goals, values, and skills and turn that into a rewarding and challenging career… I figured, why not just come right out and say it at the top of my blog!
So here we are, almost at my two-year blog anniversary, with a new name that rings true to my mission.
Thanks for reading!