Swimming for Literacy

This summer, my husband, a close friend and I decided to try to swim from Europe to Africa to raise $100,000 for Worldreader. Worldreader is a non-profit that eradicates illiteracy by delivering a digital library to the world’s poorest people. Our thinking was this: how can educational opportunities between two continents be so vastly different if they’re so close that we can swim there?”

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Staff Picks

Today I’m happy to introduce 4 of our Staff Picks, pages handpicked by our team. These pages are great examples of how to display personality in a professional way, creativity passion mixed with academic or work oriented ambition.

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Mario Torija

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 Madrid based online and mobile specialist Mario Torija seen in the header image of this blog post.

A Broader View Volunteers THOMAS RIFFEY Jon McFarlane Suleyman Cavusoglu

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!

Traveling with about.me: South Korea

We’re back again on the about.me World Tour with our focus on the Republic of Korea. Known to many as South Korea, the nation of 50 million has changed greatly over the past fifty years.

In stark contrast to the neighbors to the North, the Republic of Korea is a hotbed of technological innovation and a staging ground for pop stars of the future.

There are countless members of the about.me community living, working and studying in South Korea. Here are a few eye-catching pages:

channyZoey RyuJongjin ChoiElvira TanjungphilipwijayaThanks for coming along for our world-traveling adventure on the blog. For even more pages, click here.

The amazing photo in the header of this post is from South Korea based photographer Rachel Gu.

Italo Brown

Medical Students

This week we are taking a day to focus on a particularly inspiring group of students: those pursuing a degree in medicine.

An undoubtable difficult path, medical students like Italo Brown (above) are on the way to becoming physicians and medical professionals. Before they can spend long hours on the job, they will have spent years working hard in the classroom and in residency to develop the necessary skills to help others.

These medical students come from various backgrounds and parts of the world, but are united in the pursuit of improving other people’s lives.

Lingsa JiaArtyom DyakivAstrid G. HapAlberto Abreu da Silva

If you know any students, follow this link to help them to claim their own page: Invite. A page can help students discover other people with the same interests, and by providing a professional foundation when looking for an internship or job.

Invite Your Friends

Now you can easily invite friends to join about.me. When a friend signs up, we’ll feature your page for everyone to see.

Invite Your Friends!

If you’ve been paying close attention to the site, you may have noticed the recent appearance of our invite page. After some extra testing, we’re excited to launch a clean and simple way to invite your friends.

It’s fun to see how people you know present themselves on about.me. You might even discover shared passions (you love needlepoint too!?!)  or even connect in a new way or on a new service.

Invite and Get FeaturedYou’ll get featured; more exposure can help grow followers,  promote your work, or help you connect with professional and creative collaborators.

But more importantly you’ll show your friends an easy way to express their unique personality identity on the web.

 

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Staff Picks

Today I’m happy to introduce 4 of our Staff Picks, pages handpicked by our team. These pages are great examples of how to display personality in a professional way, creativity passion mixed with academic or work oriented goals.

Continue Reading

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 Helsinki based photographer Anna Jarske featured in the blog post’s header image.

Grace Keh Carrie Anne Philbin Yasser Monkachi Ann McGuire Abhi Kris

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!

Students of the Week

A page can help the students with everything from getting to know their campus community to providing a professional platform to land an interview.

sean.fischerFor undergraduates like Sean Fischer a page is an awesome way for people on campus to learn about him, and is especially useful for the students Sean tutors.

The pages here represent just a sliver of the academic community on about.me. Try searching for your college or university to find current or former classmates, professors and coaches. If you’d like to be found via your school, be sure to add your educational info in your biography section while editing your page.

tarah.williamsrahul_ashokCristina LeonardelliDouglas BradyChelsey Johnson

To all you students out there: now is a much more pleasant time to update your page and resume than during finals or your first week of summer! For instructions on how to upload a resume to your about.me page click here.

 

For the Interview: Passion and Personality

When looking for work in a tough job market, it can be extremely hard to stand out from other candidates. There may be many other people just as smart and just as qualified applying for the same positions, so what can you do to get ahead?

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Be Memorable

You’ll want to make a great impression, but you don’t want to end up being remembered for zany or unprofessional antics. After the essential qualifications, your best assets are your passions and personality. These are what make you distinct and memorable.

When applying for jobs your about.me page should be professionally tuned: no typos, and working links to all of your important web content. But don’t skimp on the personality- and certainly don’t ignore sharing a bit about your passions.

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Express Yourself

Employers are going to look though your web presence before they hire you, it’s as much a part of your background as past jobs or academic history. On your about.me page, you can link to you social profile while presenting yourself exactly as you’d like to be seen. Unlike other services, you control all the content on the page, and you get to flex your creativity in the bio and overall design.

Including your passions in your biography not only conveys who you are better than your resume alone, but also provides fodder for connecting with a potential interviewer. You never know if the person on the other side of the table shares your passion for hip-hop dance or astronomy, and those are exactly the types of mental hooks that can help your impression last.

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