Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What do resumes and tattoos have in common?

I recently got a new tattoo. It's a Doctor Who quote, in case you were wondering. On my arm. Where people can see it. Where interviewers and potential employers can see it. My mom expressed concern in that direction, with a mother's worry that I was compromising my ability to some day get a job with a company that frowned upon tattoos. But I'd already thought about that possibility, and it was a discussion in one of my marketing classes about resumes of all things that convinced me that I wouldn't fall off the job-market cliff if I got a tattoo where people could see it.
You see, we were talking about those really cool resumes. Infographics, flow charts, milk cartons, legos—you know, cool stuff. And someone asked, "What if an employer doesn't like those kind of resumes?" The answer was simple: if the company doesn't like your creativity, it might not be a good fit. If they don't like your personal brand, why would you want to work for them?
The same goes for tattoos. Unless you got it while drunk and really wished someone had stopped you, chances are a tattoo says something about your personality. It's just a part of your brand.
I came across this article on how to quit like a boss that summed it up pretty well:
"The people who don't get you don't deserve you."
The article goes on to elaborate how the old branding rules are just that—old and outdated. Welcome to the time where personal branding trumps company branding. So here's to milk carton resumes and tattoos.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I Aten't Dead

Hello again. It's been a while, hasn't it? Remember that thing I wrote on posting regularly? Yeah, me neither. I'm still trying to figure out how it's June already. Another school year down. I start summer classes today, though, so I'm missing that nice definitive break that lends itself to the feeling that something has ended and something else is starting. Instead it just feels like more of the same (but the continuity is kind of nice).
But here are some updates anyway:
  • I'll be studying abroad in Lancaster (the one not in Pennsylvania) in the fall and I think I'll apply to be a vlogger for DU. Because vlogging sounds cool and new, and I like cool and new.
  • I'm still interning at the same place, so I guess that's more of a non-update.
  • I'm working on building my website, which is why you'll now find this blog at blog.jackimasson.com rather than just jackimasson.com, which doesn't lead to much of anything at this point.
  • My new favorite Pandora playlist is Calm Meditation Radio, because everyone could use a little more calm meditation in their lives.
  • Netflix show of the summer: Life. Because it's fantastic.
And that's pretty much it. Don't worry, though, I'm sure I'll be back soon with something a little more interesting, but I've noticed that if I wait for inspiration to strike I never feel quite inspirational enough to actually do anything. You know what they say: "Never do today what can be put off 'til tomorrow."

Friday, January 25, 2013

Excel Tip of the Day...?

Excel Tip of the Day Week Whenever
Quick tip of the day... I just found this out because I'm so used to using Excel on a PC, and it'll really help out everyone with Microsoft on a Mac.
To clear contents of a group of cells without having to go through that right click nonsense, select your cells, hold the fn key, and then hit delete.