Students of the Week

Last week we had a special focus on students as we participated in the Recess college tour. Going from Indiana University to Drexel University to University of Maryland to New York University to Cornell University gave us the chance to talk with a ton of students! We shared the ways in which an about.me page can help students start building a personal brand in addition to connecting to others and finding jobs.

I, personally, had a great time interacting with students like, David Guhl, in our header image and many others who not only showed enthusiasm and gave us great feedback for our prospective job tool, but were excited about and hearing from leading entrepreneurs like Tony Conrad and Cory Levy.

As I rode the tour bus from college to college (Fortunately we didn’t have to sleep in seats, we had bunks. Unfortunately, the mattress was a 3 inch thick piece of foam) I had the opportunity to interact with some other startups on the bus like Glide, Twine, Rad Pad and Whoseyourlandlord. All on the tour to pitch their sites and apps to college students, it was a jam-packed and exciting five days of meeting new people while on the road.

Molly Day Jordan Sayeedi Farah Colette

P.S. Don’t forget how important it is to give a great first impression through email, add your profile to your email signature so employers can link to your resume and learn more about you. Find out how to add your email signature in our FAQs.

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Discover through People Search

In case you missed our newsletter yesterday, we’ve recently released a new “People Search” function on about.me to help you discover interesting members of the about.me community.

Connect with people around you

Did you just move to a new city? You can use search to discover and then connect with people in your area who share interests. For example, a friend just moved to Chicago and is really looking for new friends who share his love of food. So he went to Search and typed in Chicago, then food. Immediately, he discovered people in his area who he can connect with and maybe invite to write on his food blog. Not only that, but as he was exploring new pages he noticed they shared many more of his interests, giving him more reasons to connect.

Nina Stockman  Rishi Kumar  Delia Zhou
Avi Schwab  Aditi Ruhi  Dan McGoldrick

Connect with potential clients or employers

Let’s say you live in L.A. and are looking to start a new project or maybe you have a company and are hoping to hire someone. Ideally you would get a designer and a developer but money is short so you’re trying to find someone who does both things. Typing in Los Angeles, designer and developer into search you instantly find a list potential collaborators like Charlotte Z. Fernandez who works as a freelancer.

Charlotte Z. Fernandez

Ensure people can find you in search

Most people remember location, work, and educational info, but too many overlook the importance of tags or interests.  A good set of tags will allow future collaborators, clients, or employers to find your page more easily and connect with you. As you reexamine your tags or consider adding new ones, ask yourself if you would you search for someone using those same terms. Not sure how to add tags to your page? Simply go to the Biography tab when you’re in Edit Mode and find the section called Interests. Then, add some tags to make it easier to discover and connect with new people. Happy Searching!

chica lunar  Olaolu Deji  Tiffany Bukowski

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Staff Picks

The Staff Picks page is full of fantastic examples of about.me pages with clear images and interesting bios. These pages show off personality in a professional way and provide examples to help you improve your page.

Like technophile, writer, health enthusiast, femme-fatale runner Jessica Barone (header image) the pages below were selected from our Staff Picks section. Take a look at the pages included below, including 2 Coloradans!

Stephan Black Jason Karsh Bianca Stanciu

Have a fantastic week! For more awesome pages, take a look at Staff Picks.

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Voice actors on about.me

Today we’re shedding some light on people we hear all the time but almost never see, voice actors and actresses! Not only do we get to see them here but also learn about their personalities and what they do when they’re not lending their voices to our favorite characters.

Marc Scott, participates as a volunteer firefighter in his spare time, hence the outfit in the picture below! Then, of course, we have our header image of Tara Tyler who has worked as a radio production manager and creative services director for over 10 years!

Marc Scott Rachel Darlene John Hunerlach

Have suggestions for other cool professions we can feature? Leave us a note about it in the comment section!

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Featured Friday #FFaboutme

Happy Friday! The pages today show off informative bios, display creative work, and share personal interests; all the things that make you unique!

Take a look at other great examples below. Click on each image to see their full page, and remember to leave a compliment when you do! Be sure to also check out molecular biologist Ian Haydon (show in blog header image).

Luz Adriana González Elias MulugetaSamuel UsemJimmy Lavoie

Don’t see your page here? Give it another try next week. We review them all, but it’s impossible to fit every great page in the blog post! 

Make sure your about.me link is in the appropriate section of you twitter bio, and tweet the hashtag #FFaboutme for a chance to be selected next time.

Good luck, and feel free to share you page in the comments below!

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Traveling with about.me: Andorra

This week on our world tour we head to Andorra. Europe’s sixth smallest country, it is located in the east Pyrenees mountains between Spain and France. Catalan speaking, the country has thrived in recent years due to a strong tourism industry. While its population numbers only around 80,000, it is called home by many amazing members of the about.me community!

Among them we have TedxAnd curator, Xus Boya, freelance photographer, David Vilanova and in the header of this post, chemistry, mathematics and physics professor, Toni Riestra.

Xus Boya David Vilanova Montse Feijóo Matt Lefort Maika Nin

Thanks again for coming along for our world-traveling adventure, stay tuned for our next destination! If you have a suggestion of where we should visit next, tell us about it in our comment section.

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Students of the Week

This week we are especially focused on students as we visit 5 college campuses with Recess.is. We’re going from Indiana University in Bloomington (Tony Conrad’s alma mater!) to Drexel University in Philadelphia to University of Maryland in College Park to NYU in New York City to our final stop at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

So far we’ve met tons of students from Indiana University, including Adam Sobol, and Drexel University and gotten them excited about the ease and usefulness of about.me for job searches, networking, or just for fun. Check out some of the students from each of these schools especially our post header, Muhammad Sattaur! Ofelia Mangen Adam Sobol Catherine Chen P.S. Don’t forget to add your profile to your email signature so employers can link to your resume and learn more about you. Find out how to add that email signture when you click here.

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Personal Branding 101: What Do You Want from the Web?

As you build your personal brand online, it’s essential to ask yourself one question: ‘What do I want from my online presence?’

The answer may be to attract clients, drive traffic, connect with bright minds, or find a new job. It may simply be to connect with interesting people or establish an audience. When you know your individual goal, the path to differentiating yourself becomes more clear.

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Metrics that Matter

For the majority of people, success is not a larger number of followers, likes or repins. These statistics are a proxy for other things — like being an expert in your field. The core of this success is providing value to others. This value is what holds an audience captivated or keeps a customer coming back.

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Share Value

Your personal brand must be built around the value you can bring to others. Your value is a unique mix of experiences, interests, and talents both personal and professional. Building a personal brand is the process of chiseling down this mountain into a simple communicable message. This is your identity, your brand.

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When you know your goal you can orient your online behavior to help achieve the desired outcome. Spend time engaging with communities you can learn from and add to. Let others know who you are, and what you’re good at!

Share a bit about yourself, and interact with people around you. If you’re having a hard time getting started, head over to about.me/search and enter one of your interests to find collaborators. Good luck!

 

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Staff Picks

The Staff Picks page is full of fantastic examples. The great pages on display show off personality in a professional way and provide examples to help you improve your page.

racheltenpennycrawford thumbnail imageRachel Tenpenny Crawford (see right & blog header) is a wife, mother, military spouse, and entrepreneur. Rachel’s bio eloquently explains her inspirational story:  “I’ve been through some soul-shattering stuff and come out on the other side changed but not ruined, wounded but patched up, more compassionate and stronger than ever. I’m not afraid to make authentic connections and strive to do so every day. Peoples’ hearts matter to me. People are my passion.”

Take a look at the pages below. You can always find pages like these in our Staff Picks section.

Hip-Hop artist Ramaj Eroc.Ramaj Eroc

Anthropologist, social justice advocate & public art enthusiast Kelsey Chatlosh.Kelsey Chatlosh

Undersea adventurer Harry Juselius
Harry Juselius

 

Have a fantastic week! For more awesome pages, take a look at Staff Picks.

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Chefs on about.me

We have many community members on about.me who are passionate about food and all things culinary, including this baker! But these chefs on about.me definitely take the cake when it comes to food passion.Russell Jackson

Our header photo features Food Network Star, Russell Jackson who got his start in the food industry at an early age while making applesauce. Discover the stories of the other chefs featured here by simply clicking on each of their pictures below.

Amber Antonelli Park Tae Yeong Alison Zahn Travis Talbot

Have suggestions for other cool professions we can feature? Leave us a note about it in the comment section!

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