October 26, 2014

Pitch Yourself in 30 Seconds: A Career Guide

A 30 second commercial to introduce yourself is a perfect way to practice what to say when people at career fairs, conferences, and meetings ask "Tell me about yourself."  Try following these bullet points, write down your answers, and practice saying them out loud.

Soon you'll be able to sell your skills in a short time and get better at pitching yourself.

  1. Introduce yourself: Hello my name is __________
  2. State what you are interested in: I am interested in __________
  3. Describe your experience or coursework:  I have experience in ___________
  4. State your strongest skills:  My strongest skills are ____________
  5. Say your curiosities: I am looking for more information about opportunities in __________

Hello, my name is Steve and I'm interested in Computer Science.  I have experience as a web application developer and have taken courses at State University where I have developed online applications.  My skills in analytic thinking, teamwork, and problem solving come into play on a daily basis while working.  I'm looking for more information about whether your company is hiring web application developers.

Notice the skills listed are not specific skills in certain technologies, but rather important core skills that employers are always looking for: problem solving, teamwork, communication.

Remember to follow up with your leads, no matter how small. 

May 14, 2014

Some Psychological Lifehacks, thanks to /u/friendly_canadian

/u/alexzz8 on /r/askreddit posted a pretty intriguing question: "What are some pyschological life hacks that you can to give you an advantage in situations?"

And boy did /u/FRIENDLY_CANADIAN respond:

Fake it till you make it; confidence is more important than knowledge.

Act confident at all times.  You may doubt yourself, but so does everyone else.  You just have to remember that even though some people might be experts, everyone is just sort of winging it and hoping everything goes alright.

Don't be intimidated by anyone, everyone is playing a role and wearing a mask.

This sort of goes along with the last point.  Everyone is winging it.  Some are better than others at it.  Some have more experience.  But you just have to remember that everyone is human, and any failure you make will most likely be forgotten very shortly.
Don't be afraid to ask questions; it makes you look interested, and you will learn something. Anything can be learnt if you put the effort in. Everything anyone knows, they learned along the way. Everyone, even the president. Ask open ended questions to move conversations along. Learn the difference between open and closed questions.

This is such an important point.  The only way you can learn is by asking questions.

 Go to your managers with solutions, instead of problems. Make their job easier, learn how they work, and then ride their coattails up the ladder.

This is yet another important point: Manager are busy.  Just because you don't see them doing work doesn't mean they aren't.  They have the expertise to make the business run smoothly behind the scenes.  When you have a problem, determine a few solutions to it, weigh them as if you were in charge, and then approach your manager with a convenient solution to the problem.  You'll likely be thanked and remembered!

May 10, 2014

Getting stats from a single post with Google Analytics

I wanted to better understand what posts people really liked on my blog so that I could deliver relevant content to those who visited, so I decided to look up how to see stats from a single post of my blog.  I really wanted to find out where visitors where coming from, why they came, and what they were looking for.  Thankfully, I stumbled upon this post:

How to See Stats From a Single Post with Google Analytics.

It gives some really good information with annotates step by step image instructions so you can figure out how to use Google Analytics to your advantage!

May 07, 2014


DogeSnap is a small project I decided to work on for a few days.  It's basically this:

1). You upload a photo.

2) DogeSnap attempts to find faces in the photo.