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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A freelancer’s perspective on Backstory: Afeef Nessouli

As a freelancer, Afeef Nessouli knows how difficult it is to ensure he is constantly busy and has a steady stream of projects instead of just having them crop up. As he says, “It is an endless hustle!”

Recently, we introduced Backstory and Afeef added it to his about.me page in order to find projects and collaborators on the platform. With such a fascinating array of jobs and experiences outlined on his page and Backstory, we decided to take the opportunity to interview him in depth about who he is and how he takes advantage of about.me.

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Backstory Elements: Location

Since releasing Backstory, we’ve seen tons of users add it to their pages, so as you’re building out yours, we want to share some great pages and tips to make your Backstory stand out.

Today we’re taking a look at student and photographer, Noukka Signe (in our header image) whose page, background photo and Backstory really impressed us. Specifically, we’re taking a closer look at how she uses her Location to show where she’s looking for work.

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Introducing: The #Deskie

Most days, you’re with it more than your bed. It hears the good, the bad, and the ugly. You throw stuff at it, sit on it, sometimes you might even caress it. But for the most part, it’s just there.

It’s your desk, and all that comes with it.

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Turn Up The Volume

When I worked as a local television news reporter in New York City, I walked into my news director’s office one day. He was in the midst of watching video reels of reporters who had sent them in from across the country with the hopes of getting a job at the station.

The problem, as I saw it, was that my news director wasn’t really watching the reporter’s reels. He would insert a DVD, press play, watch for a few seconds, and then eject the DVD. To confound matters further, the volume was muted on the television. He couldn’t hear one word that the reporters were saying. I was confused. 

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