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Express Yourself… with a Powerful Resume

May 30, 2015

If you weren’t at #INTEGRATE this year or if you weren’t able to have your resume reviewed, here are a few resume pointers shared by the IMC professors.

Pay attention to consistency. You want to make the best first impression, so make sure your format, font, and framework is consistent throughout your resume.

View your resume as a living document: Make sure you have an offline (traditional resume) and online resume (ex. integrated website tying into social media work, profiles, and examples of work) as well. But, both of these documents have to be connected with each other.

– Professor Karen Freberg

I am a huge fan of people listing a wordpress site or LinkedIn profile so employers can see the multiple dimensions of an applicant.

– Professor Mike Fulton

If you are asked to limit your resume to a page, then build out your LinkedIn page or personal website to promote your professional and/or academic accomplishments.

When you detail your experience with a specific position, make sure the statement is measurable. (i.e. Increased media coverage of my company by XX% over a year). Additionally, if you include social media as a skill on your resume, be able to back up your activity with specific results (campaigns developed, measurement statistics, etc.)

– Professor Rebecca Anderson

Be sure to have specific objectives rather than broad, meaningless terms. Customize the objectives so they are in alignment with the position you are applying for.

– Professor Bonnie Harris

Once you build or update that resume, put it to use! If you’re looking for a new position, the WVU IMC job board is updated every Friday, and is full of outstanding opportunities.

If you did have your resume reviewed today, please add some of the best practice tips you received in the comments section below!

Capstone Survival Tips

December 5, 2013

Halfway up the mountain

WVU IMC students who attend the INTEGRATE 2014 conference will have an opportunity to attend an IMC 636 Capstone workshop and get survival/success tips from course professors and recent graduates. As a current Capstone student, I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to come up for air and offer some advice for students who aren’t able to attend the conference or will be taking the course next semester. You’ll notice that most of the points are things that students can do now. Don’t wait until the Capstone begins to get your act together.

Review the Student Portfolio page. The Student Work page of the IMC website offers a video overview with the IMC Curriculum Developer Kristen Wilkerson and a gallery of previous projects. Don’t neglect to click on students’ names to read the various Capstone Experience sections. Renny Zackman notes under his project, “Students need to approach the course with the expectation that they will be living and breathing the workload for nine weeks.” Sentiments like these are exactly right and will help mentally prepare you for the journey.

Organize your previous coursework. I’m a fairly organized person, but my biggest pre-Capstone regret is not having a unified system for all my lessons, assignments, notes, articles, and all those helpful links that professors and classmates share throughout the program. I started out printing everything and putting it into binders, jotting ideas onto notebook pages, and saving links in my browser Favorites folder. I credit my program experience with upgrading me to digital and cloud-based organization, and even my local folders are arranged more logically. However, I didn’t go back and “fix” the beginning, so I’m all over the place chasing down previous coursework. As you learn better organization systems, consider investing some free time to reorganize older notes and files.

Keep up with your books. This may be a no-brainer to some, but I think it’s worth mentioning. Know where ALL your IMC books are, and resist the urge to sell them back to the bookstore or to Amazon. I found one of my early IMC books packed away in my garage (what was I thinking?) and I still need to flip my house upside down to locate another. (Even as I write this I keep looking at my bookshelf ready to tear it apart to find that book!)

Brush up on Microsoft Word. I’m still working through this issue, but making a project look “pretty” using Word is a bit of a challenge if you’re used to using Adobe or other design software. So far I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what Word can do and how simple commands can make the project more visually compelling, but I recommend getting past that learning curve before the Capstone begins.

Clear your calendar. I admit that I’m a bit of a calendar junkie and like filling it up with stuff. As such, I probably went into the Capstone with still too many obligations, but I tried to be purposeful about clearing my social calendar. I did make allowances for Thanksgiving weekend and my son’s birthday, but I definitely felt the pinch (still no regrets, though). Don’t feel bad about being selfish over this last nine weeks. I blatantly pulled a Flava Flav on my side of the family. I can’t do nothin’ for ya, man. To add to the rudeness but to accomplish the survey research and a focus group, I even had to set an expectation for friends/family to help me. I can’t do anything for YOU for nine weeks, but I need everyone on deck to help ME.

I know that some of this sounds exaggerated, but you really do need to master time management for the Capstone. Reserve some free time to spend with your significant other and/or kids, and give your brain some downtime to rest and get creatively recharged. Remember that every extra commitment you make (other than work obligations) will take hours or even a full day away from your project.

Read everything upfront and make a project management schedule. Don’t wait until week 7 to read the Week 7 Assignment. When you start the Capstone, read through all the coursework and any extra documents from your professor. This will give you time to get over the shock, digest everything and plot an estimated timeline. Nathan Pieratt, a Spring 2013 Capstone student, notes, “To stay on top of the deadlines I had to create a set schedule to touch some aspect of the project every day.”

I’m still plugging away and have a little over 2 weeks (yikes) to become 100% enlightened, so if any other current or former Capstone students have any additional points for future students, please post a comment. I’ll also be happy to field any questions from other IMC students.

Graduation Weekend

May 29, 2013

What a wild few weeks it’s been! Graduation, submitting my final project for Capstone and working made mid-May memorable for sure!

Graduation took place Saturday, May 18, 2013 for our program. If you weren’t there, you sure missed a fun few days!

After putting the finishing touches on my Capstone project the Thursday before, I took it to my local FedEx store to print and ship. I flipped through the book a few times after it was printed and kept exclaiming “I did this! I did this!” Needless to say, the store employees weren’t nearly as excited as I was, but I did take a photo before sending it in the mail!Shout it from the rooftops..."My project is submitted!"

I spent much of Friday, before heading from Ohio to Morgantown, at a local school during their Grandparents and Special Friends Day event. One of my good friends has three daughters and they needed one more guest for their family, so I volunteered to attend as the Special Friend of the most awesome 5th grader I know, Liliana. I had fun spending the day with her and she had fun telling everyone her “grandma” was 27. We spent the day watching a school play, looking at her classrooms and learning about the curricula her school covers.

Lili and her self portrait

Lili and her self portrait

After the visit was over, I packed and drove to Morgantown where I had the privilege of getting to finally meet a few of my fellow virtual Mountaineers for dinner at The Vintage Room! Meeting them was so incredible because these are people I talk to on a regular basis and feel like I’ve known forever. Chatting with them was no different than chatting with people I see every day…there is truly a special bond between us IMC students.

Saturday morning was graduation in the Creative Arts Center followed by a picnic for all IMC Grads and their families. My parents were able to attend the ceremony and they enjoyed meeting everyone they’ve heard so much about!

2013 Grads Lisa, Kayla, Me, Joyce V. and Joyce P. Skyping with our friend Megan in London, also a 2013 Grad!

IMC Pals for Life: 2013 Grads Lisa, Kayla, Me, Joyce V. and Joyce P. Skyping with our friend Megan in London, also a 2013 Grad, during the picnic!

Words can’t describe how wonderful the experience was. We are all very lucky to be a part of such a well-respected Master’s Degree program and one that cares so much about its students.

Since beginning the program in 2010, I had wondered what graduation weekend would be like. Three years ago, I was just beginning the program and wasn’t sure if I’d have the means to attend, not to mention May 2013 seemed like ages away. Now that I’m finished with all 13 courses, I can honestly say this has been a terrific journey and I appreciated this opportunity each and every day.

A few of us even made it in the The Dominion Post! What a happy bunch!

This isn’t goodbye quite yet – I’ll be attending the Integrate Conference this weekend! Leave a comment if you’ll be there!

Thank You IMC Team

July 5, 2012

It’s been one month since Integrate 2012 and I really had planned to write this post the day after the Keynote dinner. I just couldn’t seem to wrap my head around all I wanted to say. Fast forward one month and I am still finding it hard to condense what I took away from each information packed session and workshop into a blog post. I don’t think I can do it justice. Besides, all the sessions will be available for viewing online soon and you can experience them for yourself. Of course, it isn’t the same as being there for the entire conference, which doesn’t just happen without the hard work and dedication of a team of dedicated people.

I’ve had the privilege of attending several past Integrate conferences and this years slate of sessions, workshops and the keynote dinner where the best so far. The opportunities for networking and professional growth are above par and the IMC team is to be commended for all their hard work in planning, coordinating and executing such a professional event.

So rather than write about what made Integrate 2012 an excellent conference I want to thank those who have made, are making and will continue to make Integrate the place where IMC professionals can connect and learn from some of the brightest in their fields and where students, faculty and staff can put faces with the names they’ve become so familiar with in their virtual class rooms.

Congratulations to the IMC team for a successful Integrate 2012 and Thank You for all you do to make the IMC program at West Virginia University a success.