Category: Projects


 

This is the executive report for Part 1. It speaks for itself.

 

 

My resume is geared towards marketing myself for either an Office Administration or a Public Relations personnel position. I stuck to a strictly traditional sense of what a resume is because I feel like more people would recognize and respect this format more than any other I could do. I did add some color to it; I thought that just plain black and white was too bleak for my taste, so in that sense, I injected a little bit of my personality into the resume. The font is mostly sans-serif, which I think is a clean look, but to keep it from looking informal or bland, I did offset the sans-serif font with my favorite serif font: Bookman Old Style. Separating sections with the colored blocks helped contrast that text against the rest of the body of my resume, too, which I think makes it look more professional.

 

 

For my Scannable Resume, I just removed any fancy formatting that might throw a computer scanner off when it goes to review my resume. I did leave the bolding and fonts, though, so it would be much easier for a human reviewer to read once the resume passed the computer scanner phase. It does look a lot cleaner than my actual resume, but it doesn’t look as professional without all of the formatting.

 

This is my LinkedIn Profile.

I chose a picture with me making a fun face and wearing a collared shirt because that’s the only relatively decent picture I have of myself wearing “professional” garb. The three sections I added to my profile were: Skills, Volunteer Experience & Causes, and Courses. I chose these sections based on my findings for the Executive Report. This is primarily where the Volunteer Experience & Causes section comes into play, because each person’s profile who works in the PR industry on LinkedIn all stated that they started off in Volunteer work and that it played an important component to their career. I added the Skills section because of the fact that I think it would be important for me to have my skills laid out in key words, much like the scannable resume. If anyone wants to search for someone with the skills that I posted on my profile, they would be able to find it more easily and hopefully select me for a job that much more quickly. Finally, the Courses section was added to show what PR experience I’ve had in the classroom and what those courses entailed so that employers can see that, while I might not have experience out in the “field,” I have taken courses to educate myself about the field and what a job in it entails.

 

 

I created this video resume with the hopes to encapsulate who I am and what my qualifications for any job I apply to would be. I’m satisfied with the way that it turned out. I think that the video’s content as far as the pictures are concerned really does justice to the skills from my Executive Report. The “organized” photo not only indicates that I am not only organized, but I love reading and bright colors. The music I selected for the video is really fun and a treat for employers in the video game industry, as it is a piano version of a song from The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker. I think all of the qualities I chose to highlight and the music that was chosen definitely combined to present viewers with an accurate idea of who I am and what I can offer someone as an employee.

 

This is my Experiences Map on Google Maps.

 

I chose these five experiences to kind of backtrack my history of experiences with PR because I feel like my whole life, without even knowing it, I’ve been working this job. In high school, it was my job to get people interested and involved with the Book Fair, as it hadn’t happened there before because of the fact that no one was interested (this would be Dan River High School in Danville). It became wildly popular and it helped our Book Club be able to purchase books for all members to use (as the Library’s property, of course). I put the Bel Air High School node on there to show that, however brief, I have had television exposure. It was fun to go into the studio and see what went into shooting a TV show and being on TV was so much fun. The Cold Stone job didn’t fit onto my actual resume, but I feel like it is important to have on my timeline because it shows that I have always had a strong affinity for working closely with the public and I have the ability to be friendly with anyone and get to know what they like and dislike from a business standpoint. I elaborated on my job as an RA a little bit and briefly convey what aspects of the job I enjoyed and specialized in. Lastly, the Relay For Life PR chair position, to me, is one of the most important nodes I could put on the map because I am actually consciously performing the role of PR practitioner and I am succeeding at it. I’m getting great experience and learning what works for me in this position which, in my opinion, is quite invaluable for any hiree to know before heading into the job.

Rough Rough Draft Part 1

  1. The Future Professional Me: I want to be a Public Relations practitioner or a professor in the English department of a university. For the former, I think that the job is both fun and chaotic. I think that it’s full of event planning and working to maintain a certain image for a corporation in the public eye, which nowadays includes being fluent with various forms of social media available and maximizing the mediums’ potential. For the latter, I think that it involves planning a semester full of several classes, managing students, living up to the standards of the university I wish to work for, and also research. Lots and lots of research. I think both careers are distinguished in their own right. I think people who are hiring for PR practitioners are looking for people who know how to write well and use words/advertisements to steer the public’s perception with what they produce. I also think that people who are possess the ability to work well under pressure and in high-stress environments are definitely valued in this industry.
  2. The Current Me: Googling myself, I didn’t come up with anything that indicates that I’m on any social media. I think this could be a good thing and a bad thing because of the fact that some people will value more digitally-visible characters more so than those who have a page here and a page there. I looked for Facebook, Foursquare, and Myspace and still I came up with nothing. They probably are not public, or in the case of Myspace, I think that it was cancelled a long time ago. I think I’m in an “okay” spot for a PR professional because I can use these different social media, but I think that if I am going to be able to sell the fact that I can work fluently with different types of social media, I need to get out there and learn how to use Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress to their fullest as well. 

Project 2 Reflection and Posting

Making Waves Towards Teamwork

The purpose of the website is to enlighten readers about the different aspects of teamwork that need to be considered when tackling a group project. Two sections of the website which validate the purpose are the Collaborative Methods and Recognizing/Encouraging Diversity sections because of the fact that these two aspects of teamwork are growing more and more prominent as the digital age progresses. It is becoming imperative that people know how to function in diverse groups/situations in order to be more marketable in most occupational fields. Also, as far as collaboration is concerned, it’s important to realize what barriers could potentially halt collaboration so that a group can prepare for those barriers and ward itself against them. It’s also important for people to be aware of what collaborative tools are available to them online because I know it frustrates me to no end when I’m in a computer lab and I have to email and re-email myself my documents when I’m working on a paper, so I can only imagine how invaluable tools like Dropbox are for people working together in a collaborative effort on a project.

This website primarily targets older college students who are about to enter the business industry and secondarily targets people who are already in the workplace who are looking to enhance their abilities to work with others. It simultaneously prepares students for their entry into the business world and tempers the knowledge that people who have spent some time in the “real world” with new information about a world they’ve been comfortable in that is rapidly changing.
Emphasis is used in terms of highlighting important information by both bolding and numbering lists of concepts. The numbered lists draw the reader’s attention because it is set apart from the rest of the text and to give an indication of the fact that there is information in that small chunk of text that is important and easy to find.

Contrast was used to transition information. On several of the pages, anytime a transition was made, a large subheadline with blue text would signify the start of a new topic of discussion, yet the subheaders always kept an element of flow going on with the page.

Balance was used to maintain the website’s visual flow. Any slideshare, photo, or video, regardless of where in the body of text it might be, is centered, and I think that helps balance the website because the flow would be interrupted if we had pictures going every which way on the website. I think this also adds an element of formality and with that, a “these people know what they’re talking about” vibe.

During the production of this project, I knew that for my research, I would want to include Google Books, so I made sure to search relevant topics on the Google Books site and from the information I gathered there, I summarized and compiled it in the site. I then wrote everything out on the website and then pictures were added. I think that maybe next time, I would add pictures first so that I can plan for the space that they take up rather than writing everything first and then seeing where the pictures/videos might possibly go. I’ll do the same for the next project:  research first, and then writing.

I am most proud of the theme and how incorporated the theme for our website is in the body of our text. The pictures, the wording, the video we made…it’s all incorporated and it really makes me excited to see that come to fruition and work so well. I was really the most concerned with doing HTML with this project because I know so little about it, but I tried to read up on it and fix stuff that wasn’t working on our pages, but everything I did just messed it up further. I would do more extensive research and more fiddling with the project’s code if I had more time to work on it.

I feel like I worked on keeping my language clear and concise most extensively on this project and I think that it shows…I’m actually pretty proud of how well I constructed my sentences. I will further work on keeping my language clear and concise and not “fluffy” for the next project.

I feel like with this project, we had to do a lot of research and discern which sources were plausible and which were not. We also had to keep in mind what copyright issues were involved with the image, video, and book sources we used and how to properly cite each one. I feel like we did a good job with being creative as far as citations are concerned with the implementation of a Google Bookshelf to directly link readers to the book sources we used. I also feel like the information that we provide our readers with is credible and sound, making the product a success. I think for the next project, I will work on the Identity outcome more because it truly does focus on who I am and what I have to offer to the world, making me think critically about myself.

Project 1 Reflection

The purpose of this glog is to inform readers, specifically teachers and students, of the “Bookshelves” feature of Google Books. One of the two elements in the document that points to this purpose is the video link that is enclosed within the document. The video shows viewers how to set up a new bookshelf, add a book, add notes to the book’s description, leave a review, and compare online prices. Another area of the document which helps in the execution of the document’s purpose is the graphics that are included, specifically the screen capture pictures. These pictures highlight steps readers should take while carrying out this process on Google Books and other graphics on the screen point to areas that the steps are talking about.

Emphasis is used in the document to draw the viewer’s eye to the steps in the order in which they are to be read, starting with the bright red paper crane on Step 1 and then each subsequent crane is also a brighter shade than the cloud that it is on. Emphasis is also used in regards to the screen captures with the bright yellow border put around each screen capture to draw the viewer’s attention to the helping tool embedded into the instructional document. Viewers can also click on the pictures in order to make them larger, if they need a clearer view of what the picture is indicating.

Balance is used in the document in a couple of different ways. At both the top and the bottom of the document, very little space is left open, and I think that this element brings balance by creating almost a border for the body of the document. In the body, the clouds are evenly spread out into two columns and the graphics which highlight the steps the clouds read are also balanced fairly evenly. In order to maintain balance in the right column between steps 2 and 4, I put the curved arrow to fill in the gap created by the Step 2 graphic being vertically long.

Contrast is used in the document in regards to the cranes and clouds. The brightly-warm-colored cranes offset the cool-colored clouds which, I think, draw the reader’s attention to the order in which the document should be read. That, and they add a nice, funky element to the document. I also contrasted the title’s graphic against the rest of the document to make the title stick out and be the starting point of the document. I also used a bright yellow on any screencapture graphic to somewhat “sandwich” the cloud between two warm colors and let visual learners more easily see what the next step was, instead of just reading it and potentially missing the screencapture.

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