1.29.2010

Applying For Jobs Online


The job search process has become a online-centered process. Many employers now require that you apply online. The online application process will typically involve e-mailing your COVER LETTER and RESUME to a potential employer; or, filling out a form online (and uploading your COVER LETTER and RESUME).

A couple good places to start your search would be Yahoo Hot Jobs or Monster.Com. There are also a number of specialty sites out there whether you're looking for healthcare jobs, higher education jobs, public relations jobs or jobs in the technology sector.

Once you've located  a job you are interested in you will need to write a Job Inquiry E-mail. Here is a great article that you can use as a guide: Job Search E-Mail Etiquette .Make sure the subject, body copy, signature all comply with proper Netiquette guidelines. You also want to make sure you have a proper: 
  • Subject
  • Body Copy
  • Signature
  • Attachment
You may send a test copy to yourself to proof your cover letter and make sure your resume files are attached and come through properly.

- MH -

    Setting Up Your Signature in G-Mail

    To set up a signature in G-Mail you will want to click on the SETTINGS tab on the top left. 

    This will bring up a list of various aspects in G-Mail that you can control: General, Accounts, Labels, Filter, Forwarding, etc.

    You want to be in the GENERAL tab.

    Scroll down past your picture.

    You'll spot a SIGNATURE (APPENDED AT THE END OF ALL OUTGOING MESSAGES) slog. Your choices are either NO SIGNATURE or you can fill in the BINDING BOX with your preferred signature.

    Name
    E-Mail
    Phone

    Or whatever.

    Once you're done. Scroll down and select SAVE CHANGES. Now your signature will appear in each mail you send via your G-MAIL account.

    -MH-

    Create Your E-Mail Signature

    When you leave a voice mail for someone there are some key bits of information you need to leave.

    • Who's calling. 
    • When you called. 
    • Why you called. 
    • How the person can reach you.

    When you are in sales and you call on a client you typically leave a business card which includes:

    • Name & Title
    • Business
    • Address
    • Phone/Fax #s
    • E-Mail
    • Web Address
    When you are communicating via e-mail you need to be sure to include some key information as well.

    Typically...

    • Greeting,
    • Body copy that explains why your are writing along with what kind of response you expect.
    • Salutation,
    • Signature
    Your signature details will be dictated by what type of e-mail this is.

    Simple 1:
    Name
    E-Mail

    Simple 2:
    Name
    E-Mail
    Home and/or Cell Phone Numbers

    Business 1:
    Name
    Business Name
    E-Mail
    Phone

    Business 2:
    Name
    Title
    Business Name
    Address
    E-Mail
    Phone
    Web Address

    Some businesses will stipulate that employees use a logo in their signature. As more businesses utilize social media you will see those addresses creeping up in signatures as well. If you throw in all these items you might end up with signatures that are longer than the e-mail itself.

    Too Much Information:
    Name
    Title
    Business Name
    Address
    E-Mail
    Phone
    Web Address
    Facebook Group
    Twitter
    Company Blog
    Linked In
    Company MySpace
    Company YouTube Page

    Common sense will help determine what makes sense and what should be included in the signature.

    - MH -

    1.27.2010

    Managing Your Online Identity

    Once you start stepping into the Social Media foray you may lose track of what all you've signed on for. You wake up with blogs on WordPress, Blogger and LiveJournal; a Twitter account; a Digg account; profiles on Google, Naymz and LinkedIn; a Facebook account; a Mog account and so on and so on. Then you've got e-mails to boot: Hotmail, Yahoo!, G-Mail and more. How will you keep track of your accounts? Your access codes? And what you blogged where?

    Here are a few sites that might be of help.


    - MH -

    Who Are You Online?

    Before you get too far into the realm of websites, blogs and social media. You need to determine how you are going to present yourself. Remember, everything you post is being recorded in the Webosphere--so you do need to take how you conduct yourself and what information you offer up about yourself seriously.


    Here's a brief questionnaire to prepare you for online citizenship.


    Who Are You?

    If you've set up a FaceBook account or MySpace account you have already set up an identity online. 
    What does your space on these sites say about you? 
    Before you change up your accounts or start anything new I want you to ask some questions about yourself.

    What is your name?
    >>Google your name to see who else shares your identity.

    >>Check facebook as well to see who shares your name.

    Where are you from?
    Does your home country, state or town define you in any way?

    How many e-mail accounts do you have?
    What services do you use? [the company after the @ sign]
    What is your Lion Mail account:
    What is your G-Mail account:

    Do you have a website?
    If so what is the URL: 

    Do you have a blog?
    If so what is the URL:

    Do you work?
    Does your work have a website?
    What is the URL:

    What is/are your key hobby/hobbies:

    Are you involved in extracurricular activities (music/drama/sports/etc)?

    What is your major?
    What kind of work do you hope to land with that degree?

    What is/are your favorite color(s)?
    What is your favorite type of music?
    What is your favorite movie? 

    What are some adjectives that best describe you?
    What do you do best?
    What motivates you - gives your life meaning?
    How are you different from your peers? 

    The answers to these questions will serve as the basis for creating your identity on blogs and social media.

    Creating A Google Profile

    Why create a Google profile? Good question.

    There are a number of profile sites out there--LinkedIn and Naymz would be two examples. Google profile creates a place to post info about yourself along with work history and web links to sites you are connected to. If you want to stay hidden in the woodwork, do not create a Google profile. If you want people to find you, then a Google profile can be a nice hub for connecting people to your sites, blogs and social media posts in the Webosphere.

    SETTING UP A GOOGLE PROFILE
    1 - Go to http://www.google.com/profiles or http://profiles.google.com
    2 - Click on the "Create my Profile" button on the upper right corner of the screen
    3 - Use your G-Mail account UN/PW to log in (if you do not have a G-Mail account click the link to set one up)
    4 - Once you are logged in you can: upload a photo of yourself, create and edit your profile, add links to connect people to your sites, blogs, social media locations.

    - MH -

    Setting Up A G-Mail Account

    The Google landscape is littered with great tools for operating in the Webosphere. Aside from search services, the company offers a number of mostly free web-based applications for: e-mail, blogs, photo management, document sharing/storage, calendar/scheduling, social networking and  more.

    For this post we are going to focus on Google's E-Mail service...known aptly as G-Mail. G-Mail is free and very easy to set up. Once you have your G-Mail address you will want to use this as your key to additional Google services.

    SETTING UP A G-MAIL ACCOUNT
    1 - Go to: http://mail.google.com
    2 - Click on the "Create An Account" button on the lower right side of the screen.
    3 - Fill out the form and you're ready to go.

    That simple.

    SIGNING INTO GOOGLE
    1 - Go to: http://mail.google.com
    2 - Enter your Google mail account (with or without the @gmail.com; you can also use your default e-mail account as your ID)
    3 - Enter your password.
    5 - Click ENTER

    Using Google Docs


    When you sign up for a G-Mail account you get a number of other add-ons in the package including Google Calendar and Google Documents.

    Google document is a slick tool for sharing and collaborating. With this application you can:

    UPLOAD DOCUMENTS FOR SHARING/COLLABORATING

    Google Docs accepts the following file formats: DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, PPT...and the list is growing.

    CREATE DOCUMENTS WITH GOOGLE DOCS

    You can also create documents using Google Docs as a word processor or spreadsheet program. Google provides a number of templates to get you started. Then export the file in the desired format.

    THE KEY TO GOOGLE DOCS IS COLLABORATION

    Just enter email addresses for people with whom you want to share a given document and send them an invitation.

    SHARING

    Anyone you've invited to either edit or view your document, spreadsheet or presentation can access it as soon as they sign in.

    REAL-TIME COLLABORATION

    Once you've got a document online, multiple people can view and make changes in real-time. There's even an on-screen chat window for spreadsheets, and document revisions show you exactly who changed what, and when. You can also share your presentations using this application.

    ACCESS YOUR DOCUMENTS WHEN AND WHERE YOU WANT

    Your documents are accessible from any computer, anywhere, as long as there's an internet connection.

    STORAGE

    Use Google Docs to back-up your work.

    PUBLISH AS WEB PAGE

    Google Docs allows you to publish any document you create with its own unique
    URL which you can e-mail to your colleagues and friends.

    PUBLISH TO YOUR BLOG

    Use Google Docs to write your blog posts and then publish them directly to your blog using publish options available in this application.

    All and all this is a handy program to have in your WEB TOOL BOX.

    - MH -

    1.26.2010

    Branding Yourself on the Internet

    - MH -

    Highlights from Brandweek's By The Numbers - Jan 2010

    The Magazine BRANDWEEK regularly publishes stats about media usage.


    US CELLULAR ONLY HOMES 
    21% 
    [2009 Data; Source: The Nielsen Company]







    SENIORS 65+ USING INTERNET
    18 Million
    [Nov 2009; Source: The Nielsen Company]


    DIGITAL TRACK DOWNLOADS
    1.2 Billion
    [Jan 2009 - Jan 2010; Source: The Nielsen Company]


    US VIDEOS STREAMED
    10.7 Billion
    [Dec 2009; Source: The Nielsen Company]

    1.24.2010

    Finding Your Internet Identity

    How do you use the Internet?
    Work? Research?
    Movies? Music? Books?
    Finding romance?
    Communicating with friends?

    How many e-mails do you have?
    Do you use e-mail accounts for different purposes?
    Do you have access to the internet on your phone? E-mail?
    Do you use social media sites? Which ones?
    Do you have your own web site? Do you own your name as a domain?

    Who are you on the Internet?
    Where have you set up identity on the internet?
    Is your Facebook persona the same as you MySpace persona the same as your Linked In persona?
    Is this really you? Are there multiple yous?

    Who is your audience online?
    Friends?Family? Fans? Potential Employers? Your professors?
    What do you want people to know about you?
    What information do you hide?
    Who is checking out your information online?

    We offer up a lot of information about ourselves online; sometimes not very discriminately.
    Do we know who is looking at our information? Our photos? Our movies?

    Have you ever used web tools to find out info about...
    a friend, a professor, a potential employer, a family member?
    What can we find out about others online?
    Have you ever looked up a map to a friends house?
    Have you ever used a phone number to do a backwards look-up of someone's address?
    Have you ever looked up someone's info on Facebook to find out more about them?

    This can be very helpful.
    This can also be a bit scary.

    - MH -

    1.22.2010

    Welcome to the Internet Foundations Blog

    This blog is related to the Fundamentals of the Internet Course at Lindenwood University.

    This course is designed to familiarize Communications Students with:

    • Advanced methods of information retrieval via the Internet.
    • Proper "netiquette" for sending and retrieving messages via e-mail.
    • How to set up blogs and get the most out of social media sites.
    • Techniques for developing a personal and/or small business website.
    • Basic techniques for coding web pages: HTML, CSS, XHTML
    Official course website >> http://www.matthewhundley.com/lindenwood/foi

    - MH -