Developers and Creatives: Staff Picks

This week, we recognize our favorite developers and creatives. These Staff Picks tackle new ideas in unconventional and exciting ways. They utilize their Backstories and Collections to give people a look into their career paths and to keep track of people who inspire them.

Heading off our post is Carlos McCants, an ambitious go-getter and a two time first-generation college student. Carlos uses his Backstory to describe his work experience founding his own clothing company and working as a Development Coordinator at Arkansas State University. 

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Sustainability, Storytelling and Rock Climbing: Staff Picks

Our Staff Picks this week include a rock climber who raises money for sufferers of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aspiring forest ranger, a filmmaker and a student studying sustainability who loves to travel.

Heading off our post is the visual storyteller and Hawaii-native Quincy Woo. Quincy tackles thought-provoking ideas in his art to both challenge and move his audience. A photographer and filmmaker, Quincy embeds his Vimeo onto his page to showcase his work.

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3 New Year’s Tricks

New Year, New You!

New Year’s resolutions, carving new paths, turning over a new leaf… 2015 means a new opportunity to tell the story of who you are and who you’re becoming.

We’ve put together these exclusive New Year’s tips for updating your about.me page so it makes a first impression online that reflects the true you.

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No Ordinary Sculpture Artist: Sienna Martz

Entering into Sienna Martz’s home studio, you might find her working in the midst of bolts of silk, piles of wool, styrofoam, yarn, or even thousands of q-tips. Not exactly what you might expect to find in a sculpture artist’s studio. But this 24-year old is no ordinary sculpture artist.

Growing up with a composer and fine artist father and a mother working in fashion magazines, Sienna was imbued with a passion for art and interest in fashion at a young age.  The idea of creating things (paintings, sculptures, etc) was always just “second nature” to her and the thought of being a professional artist didn’t occur to her until later.

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4 More Ways to Use Backstory

A couple of weeks ago we hit a Backstory milestone with our 75,000th Backstory. Now, we’d like to highlight even more of the amazing people using Backstory on their pages. Whether or not you’ve added your Backstory, we hope these pages serve as inspiration for how you can use yours to tell your complete story.

In our header photo, we have Ilana Rooderkerk, an actress turned political scientist from the Netherlands. While her bio reveals much of her story, Ilana’s Backstory give her more space to go into depth about each of her current roles, (including some continuing studies!) and lays out her fascinating career path!

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A Backstory Milestone

We created Backstory to enable you to connect your professional experiences, accomplishments, and aspirations to who you are as a person. In the few weeks since it launched, more than 75,000 members of our community have added their work experience, personal philosophies, and dream job locations to their page. We could not be happier with the response. In celebration of our 75,000th Backstory we’d like share some real life examples of how people are using Backstory.

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10 Quotes to Live By

Everyone needs a motto. On dark days, a motto can help you see the light. On good days, it can remind you to be thankful.

Whether it’s your Grandma’s best advice, an inspirational Steve Jobs musing, or a classic Marilyn Monroe quote, words can give you a boost of motivation to remind you of what’s most important.

Here are few of our favorite Backstory quotes from about.me users and why they’re so powerful.

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At the Web Summit in Dublin with June Carmody

At last week’s Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, I had the chance to see some fascinating talks, including this chat with Tony Conrad and Matt Mullenweg (co-founder of WordPress) led by Laurie Segall.

I also had the opportunity to meet amazing people from around the world, including some avid about.me fans like Community Manager, June Carmody who was there representing Memeoirs.

A Dublin native, I met June and her team members at the “Night Summit” as I wandered around looking for real Irish food. Originally thinking fish and chips, June quickly explained that was more British than Irish and steered our group to a traditional Irish pub called The Harry Lemon. She recommended their Guinness pie and as I sat devouring it, our conversation turned towards Ireland, her travels abroad, work and the conference itself.

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5 Things You Can’t Put On a Résumé

To judge a college student by his or her résumé would be like judging a YouTube video from its freeze frame. You just can’t get the whole picture.

A résumé is critical for students during an internship or job search. All of the basics, like education, skills, and experience, are important. However, at all costs, avoid being solely defined by the words typed between the margins of a résumé.

What about all the other great ‘stuff’ that makes you who you are? Here are five very defining things you can’t put on a résumé.

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4 ways to use Backstory

As more people add Backstory to their pages, we want to highlight some of the diverse ways they’re using the tool. Some people are using Backstory to look for jobs or clients, show off their portfolios or simply give a more well rounded view of themselves, inspiring others to connect with them.

Cate Misczuk, in our header photo, is a great example of someone who is open to new opportunities and experiences. A journalist especially interested in the fields of Global Studies and Geography, she’s added a map to her Backstory to indicate that she’s open to jobs in Europe.

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