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Turning Passion into Profit

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For the last few months I have been trying to think of ways to turn my passions into a business. I wasn’t shooting for the stars, just for Etsy, something reasonable and can be done even when I return to a full-time job. Well, I am definitely a crafty girl, but I have had quite a bit of trouble finding exactly what craft I wanted to use. I enjoy paper crafts most, so cards/stationary was the first option, but I just wasn’t feeling it once I got started. So, now I have dabbled in about everything else, glass art, jewelry making…

Any ideas?

This morning on the Today Show, they had a segment on turning your passion into profit. It has a lot of great tips, I just need to figure out what that passion is and I will be on a roll. The original story came from this Country Living article. Watch the Today Show video here.


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To Tweet or NOT to Tweet

When not to Tweet. Some people just don’t know when to keep their opinions to themselves.

Excited about his job prospect, he Tweeted:

Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.

Of course, because he is not the only person on Twitter, an executive from the company responded:

Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.


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Job Search: Part Deux


No one really wants to hear anymore about how impossible it is to find a job in this market. Anyone looking for a job is obviously well aware of the difficulty involved in finding a job and what compromises are necessary to simply get a paycheck. There are thousands of books on giving advice on how to make your resume stand out on the hiring manager’s desk. These days, you would be lucky if someone took the time out to print off your resume. Now, you simply get one click and scroll of the mouse. You have to convince that person to just open your email.

New Media has definitely changed the game for finding a job in 2009, especially if you are looking for a job within the Communications/Marketing/PR industry.  You are expected to be on the forefront of the social/new media. There are a few essentials to revamping your “first impression”.

LinkedIn, the professional networking site, is an absolute necessity to making the best first impression. I think it is a certainty that the employer will search for your profile. Because most communications professionals are present on the site, I believe it would make a weird impression to not have a profile.  As everything you do, there shouldn’t be any major misspellings or errors, but I don’t believe you NEED a robust profile. You just need to have A profile.

Carbonmade is a digital portfolio website. You are lucky if you get the interview in order to show your portfolio to the hiring manager. So, uploading your writing samples, graphic design pieces and press clipping to the website and add your personalized link to your resume. Giving everyone a chance to get to know your work style and experience before meeting you. And, like most other services, it is FREE. See mine here, Digital Portfolio.

VisualCV, is a really impressive website. It gives you the opportunity to have a flashy resume, complete with your portfolio, videos and any other fireworks you want. My sister, who just completed her Master’s studies soon, sent this to me. She has been in school her entire life, but doesn’t have much “real world” experience. So, her VisualCV gives her the opportunity to show off her skills and portfolio in an amazing fashion to make up for her lack of work experience. See the IMPRESSIVE samples here. One of my favorites.

I am sure there are many more that I do not know about. Please send comments on other sites that can help with job search “First Impressions”.


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