On Wednesday, April 13, I went to the career center for a walk in appointment. Before this class, I wasn’t even aware we had a career center with free advising on campus. I met with Meghan and we talked about resumes. Currently, my resume is just a simple word template resume but with my fields, I want to make my resume make me stand out to employers. We talked about use InDesign to great a resume that can show off my skills with the software as well as looking clean and presented nicely.
My next question was about experience from during high school, Meghan told me this is very person dependent because of other experience you may that that is more recent but also how relevant the older experience is. For example, she suggested I keep high school yearbook as a bullet point but take of a job that I had my sophomore year because it was awhile ago and I have newer and more relevant experience.
We also briefly talked about cover letters and how these should not just be a summary of your resume, but rather you should do some research about the specific company and talk about how your experience and skills would be a valuable asset to them.
When I left, she gave me a packet with information on what type of things to include in a resume. One thing that she said may be valuable for me would be to include a section with relevant course work, which I hadn’t considered before. She suggested I make a resume that shows a little more of my creativity and adds some of the elements we discussed to bring back in to meet with the person who deals specifically with advertising students. Over all, this meeting was very helpful and I plan to go back.
As an assignment for CAP 105, we used the site Brand Yourself to optimize the google search results for our name. Before using the site, I was expecting it to score you on the professional nature of your posts. When completing the assignment, I learned that it scores you based on if the result is positive, negative, or a different person. I have a pretty unique name, so only a few of the results weren’t mine and all of them were positive resulting in my score of A-.
In order to improve my score I went through and marked each results as positive, negative, or not mine. I also went though and added other links such as my personal website and my about me page. I then did the list of recommendations for each website. I also boosted my personal website so that it would be one of the first results people saw when they searched me. Overall, I found this website easy to use and I can see how it would be very helpful.
As an assignment for my CAP 105 class I learned how to use Hootsuite. Hootsuite is a website where you can schedule social media posts in advance and it can also analyze results for you. Before this assignment I had never heard of such a program and I found it fun, easy and very useful to work with. Our assignment was to twitter, but seeing as I am a photography major, I got the go ahead to use Instagram instead because I saw it as more fitting.
If you want to see the full posts, you can go to my Instagram here.
I read an article about the best times to post on Instagram. It said that generally, Wednesday posts received slightly more likes than other day’s posts and around 5 pm usually got the most likes. I used a few of those times to see if it would make a difference. Over all, I really enjoyed using Hoostuite for this assignment and plan to try and learn more about everything the website is capable of doing.
Update: I learned that even if you have scheduled your posts, you have to be available at the time to confirm it. I had my post scheduled for 10 am and did not realize this, so my actual post did not go live until noon when I did some research and figured it out. It also made me copy and paste my caption into Instagram . This is a strange feature because it then becomes basically just a timer reminding you to post, and if you’re not around at that time, it does not get published. I was very impressed with this site at first, but this feature makes me not as excited to use it.
As an assignment for my CAP 105 class, we were tasked to make a business card using InDesign. I have worked with other Adobe software before such as Illustrator and Photoshop, but not InDesign. I found that it was fairly similar to the other programs I have worked with.
I found it hard to come up with ideas for a business card. I wasn’t even sure what kind of information is usually put on professional business cards. I googled some examples to get a better idea. Below is the business card I created.
This business card is not as professional as I would like, I was more focused on learning the software. Later in life when I need a professional one, I would redo it with official information.