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Data Display of the Day: Climbing the Mountain of Resumes

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As the PCP reboot really takes off, Alex Rister and I are working on developing our weekly lessons/modules using a blend of video, image, and text-based instructional assets. Our ultimate goal for the reboot is to help our students understand what the true connection between effective presenting and professional success is. Why do they need to analyze their growth as professionals so far? How does this analysis better serve them when they present themselves online or in person? I truly believe that communicating and presenting your ideas to others is the most important skill a professional at any level can learn, especially when it comes to landing that dream job, keeping that dream job, and finding others with whom to collaborate. Today’s infographic can help our students take the project they create in Professional Communication and Presentation and present it in a way that is going to help them climb to the top of the resume mountain. This infographic, created by Kelly Services, provides job seekers with some excellent advice (some of which I really need to take on!). The connecting thread is audience awareness and adaptation. Just as in a strong presentation, a job seeker must adapt to his or her audience’s needs to better persuade and motivate them to act.

1. Make sure your resume aligns with your target company

Creating a different resume for each company may seem tedious, but it can make the difference between a resume that catches a recruiter’s eye and a resume that gets put in the virtual or physical trashcan.

2. Know your target company’s culture

As the infographic explains, in our age of connectivity and instant access to information, it’s easier than ever to conduct research on a company and adapt your approach to their needs.

3. Be confident and attentive

Those who are hiring you want to hire someone who is confidence in his or her abilities (not cocky!) and who is “present” during an interview. Show recruiters you are confident that you are not only a good fit for the job but also that you are confident in your definition of what it means to be a professional.

4. Don’t forget to say thank you

Whether via an email or phone call, show gratitude for the time your “audience” gave you.

What are your interview “must dos”? What did you do to land that dream job?

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My Teaching Philosophy: an Infographic

In preparation for our focus for Week 2, part 1 of PCP, I’ve cooked up an infographic add-on to my teaching portfolio. I used the colors I’d created for our Liberal Studies Round Table sessions and after much tweaking, I found a way to communicate my teaching philosophy/brand mantra, instructional design approach, teaching style, and leadership approach. I hope to show this as an alternative to what students can create using Keynote, and the basic building blocks of a strong deck or visualization: color, type, shape, and image/iconography.

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Have you been working on your professional persona? What did you choose as your medium?

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Data Display of the Day: Wealth On a Plane

I ran across this visualization from visual.ly, and it upset, enlightened, and intrigued me.

It truly speaks to the power of using relatable imagery paired with strong design, clear organization, and relevant statistics. It’s also an awesome example of progressive disclosure. I am still working on my unemployment slides for the Tweak your Resume debut, and I may have to abandon them for now, as I am far behind on my launch date for this deck and the stat is really being used for a small idea in a bigger presentation. I’ve now included some progressive disclosure; I am hoping it will move me in the right direction!
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Enjoy today’s Data Display!

 

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Data Display of the Day: Kitchen Cheat Sheet

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At the risk of saturating readers/viewers with Tweak Your Slides overload, I am sharing with you another awesome sampling of design from the web. This link comes by way of former superstudent and current superperson Sapan Shah. Check out this incredibly useful and also beautiful visualization from Everest Home Improvements.

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Infographic of the Day: Picture Superiority Effect

Why is it that we retain more information when we see something rather than when we simply hear it? The phenomenon is known as the picture superiority effect. Pairing images with text brings retention up from 10% to 65%. Check out this short infographic for a simple, yet thorough visual explanation of how this phenomenon works:

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Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle: My first infographic

So, I’ve just completed my first ever infographic, based on Simon Sinek’s golden circle theory from his book, Start With Why. I draw this diagram on the board the first day of class each month to help us visualize Sinek’s concepts (from his excellent TEDxPugetSound talk), and I thought, why not just create a visualization of this that students can reference on their own. I haven’t included all of the concepts Sinek covers in his talk, but the focus of this visualization is the concept of the golden circle model for idea creation. This is working draft #1, but I need some constructive feedback. What do you think? What would you tweak in this example? I welcome all constructive criticism. Please note, I do not intend on displaying this in a set of slides.

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