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HOW TO: Spruce Up a Boring Resume [INFOGRAPHIC]

HOW TO: Spruce Up a Boring Resume [INFOGRAPHIC]
Writing a resume is such a nebulous activity these days. You have to figure out which type of online resume format is best for you, whether to include a cover letter, how to incorporate social media into your resume, if a video resume is a good idea and what you should include on your LinkedIn profile. Above all that, to get the job, you need to beat out all the other creative digital peeps who are producing dynamic digital resumes. Phew — that's a lot of work! We're always finding new resources to help you on your journey to perfecting your digital resume, and we happened across this nifty infographic by the team at Colorado Technical University, which includes tips on creating a digital resume, as well as tips for sprucing up your traditional resume, for potential employers who still like the smell of top-linen paper. [via: Colorado Technical University] Social Media Job Listings Every week we put out a list of social media and web job opportunities.

The Web & Business Tools Startups Use Most [INFOGRAPHIC] Putting the likes of the super-funded aside (Color, anyone?), most early-stage startups operate on tight budgets and spend their dollars sparingly. A bevy of web services have made start-up costs all the more affordable, but now there's the conundrum of nearly too much choice. The folks at BestVendor surveyed 550 startup staffers — most in marketing and executive administration positions — on their favorite tools for email, accounting, web analytics, CRM, productivity, design, storage, payment processing, operations and so forth. Their answers, in aggregate, speak to the growing trend in startups moving toward predominately cloud-based operations. So what's hot among startups these days? Check out the infographic below for even more insight on the web and business services that today's startups are selecting en masse.

Optimize Your Resume Don't Forget the Cover Letter Stand Out From The Crowd – Include a First Rate Cover Letter With Your Resume What does a well written cover letter do for your resume? It helps you stand out; assisting by distinguishing you individually from the endless list of names applying for the same job. Writing a cover letter can be intimidating for many otherwise eager job seekers. Here is the template suggested for where to start building a high-quality cover letter, excerpted from the CDDTC website: YOUR ADDRESS (Do not put your name here) TODAY’S DATE Mr. FIRST PARAGRAPH: This is the “why I’m writing to you” paragraph which immediately tells the employer the position you want to be considered for. Why you are writing and which position you are applying for. SECOND PARAGRAPH: This is the “why I’m qualified” paragraph. The first sentence should be a hard-hitting opener. The final sentence is a summary of what you’ve discussed above. FINAL PARAGRAPH: This is a short 2-4 sentences paragraph. Now get out there, and apply!

How Businesses Use Social Media for Recruiting [INFOGRAPHIC] Savvy job seekers have turned to digital and social media tools to help them in their job searches, and now recruiters are on board with the power of social media as a recruiting tool. LinkedIn isn't the only social network that helps in the job search process — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ have all been used by people to land jobs in innovative ways. And interesting takes on the digital resume are increasingly popular, with job seekers creating infographic resumes, video resumes and other visual resumes that set them apart from other job applicants. Employers are taking note of the importance of social media in the recruiting process, and the majority of businesses are turning to social media to find and evaluate job candidates, according to this infographic compiled by Career Enlightenment, a resource for online job seekers. Take a look and let us know what you think of using social media to find a job. Social Media Job Listings More Job Search Resources From Mashable

Creative Resumes : Best of The Best Times have changed. What worked in the past still works but if you want to stand out from the crowd sometimes the only thing that is needed is a little creativity. We all have the creative juice in us but only some of us dare to squeeze it out. There are 35 resumes altogether. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. duhkine 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. hippiedesigner 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. Now that you are done looking at all these amazing resumes, its time to check out one more. If you had to pick a winner which one would it be? Related Posts How to use Twitter [Infographic] | Party Aficionado A few weeks ago, I posted Twitter Tips via @PartyAficionado and @SocMediaTulsa . Many people who follow me are new to Twitter, so I decided to create a list of tips to help them understand the basics of Twitter. After posting Twitter Tips for a few days, I was asked to create a blog post of my tips. I called upon the magical elves at to help me create this cool infographic.

Infographic: Ten Things You Should Know About Water How much drinkable water is there in the world? How much water does an American, a European, an African use everyday? How many people lack even basic access to clean water? Circle of Blue’s newest infographic aims to answer these questions and many more. With 6,000 children dying every day (water fact #7) from preventable water related diseases, readily accessible and easily understood information is vital to solving the world water crisis. Download the PDF 10 Things You Should Know: 1 – One drop of oil can make up to 25 liters (6.6 gallons) of water undrinkable. 2 – Seventy percent of the world’s water is used for agriculture, 22 percent for industry and 8 percent for domestic use. Infographics by Hannah Nester. 3 – A person is able to survive one month without food but only five to seven days without water. 4 – Of all the Earth’s water, 97.5 percent is salt and 2.5 is fresh. 7 – 6,000 children die each day from preventable water-related diseases. Download the Print-Ready PDF

8 Incredible Farm Infographics | John Deere MachineFinder As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. The beauty and expressiveness of the image is taken one step further in the case of infographics. Here are our favorite 8 infographics about farm and agriculture that we hope you enjoy: 1 – Thank you very much-o, Mr. Robot-o! Seriously, this infographic quickly shows the major idea that the wave of the future certainly do include farming. (Credit) 2 – New Urbanism – Can it include gardening? Yes, and not your garden variety gardening, either! (Credit) 3 – Percent of Agriculture Population in the Yunnan Province What you don’t necessarily see in this infographic is the amazingly rich old/new art form of Chinese Folk Painting. (Credit) 4 – Take the Field – Scendiamo in campo (Credit) 5 – Show me the money? In Portuguese, corn is called milho. (Credit) 6 – Harvest Seasons of the Pacific Northwest D.O.D. pension files indicate current mailing as: Dr. (Credit) 7 – Milk production infographic around the world (Credit) (Source)

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Product Development: 9 Steps for Creative Problem Solving [INFOGRAPHIC] Ronald Brown is a successful startup CEO with an extensive background in technology and consumer marketing. His new book, Anticipate. The Architecture of Small Team Innovation and Product Success is available via iTunes, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Creativity is the main prerequisite for innovation. However, our culture emphasizes critical thinking to the near exclusion of creative thinking (although it was the key to success in the Information Age). What constitutes creative thinking? In business, the process of generating and commercializing a good idea has been honed by creative industries for more than a hundred years.

Chart Porn Helping students interpret visual representations of information Update: Feb. 29, 2012 Please note: The original video we used for this post was a video podcast by Gestalten TV in which New York Times Graphics Director Steven Duenes and Graphics Editor Archie Tse describe how their team works with breaking news to create clear, concise visualizations of data for readers. Since that has now been taken down, we have substituted a classic TED talk by David McCandless that we refer to in the post. We’re declaring this week Infographics Week on The Learning Network because we know how important it is for students to be able to read and interpret visual representations of information — and because The New York Times consistently creates useful and elegant examples that we think teachers across the curriculum should know about. Not only do charts, graphs and maps show up on standardized tests of all kinds, but whiteboard technology has made the graphic depiction of information that much more useful and ubiquitous in classrooms. Infographics in General: