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For my #HAPPO post I was contemplating how I would go about “pitching” myself, but I didn’t want it to just be a run down of where I’ve been and the projects I’ve done; that’s always available in my About and Resume sections above. What means the most to me when looking for a job is fit; not fitting in like a sheep, but meshing well with those I’ll spend most of my time with.

What I’m looking for

Last year at about this time I wrote a blog post called Brand “Me”. I flushed out the important aspects a prospective employer must have before I make the decision to move forward with the application or the job itself. Here’s a snippet from the post that sums everything up perfectly:

I hope to find a place that will give me plenty of quality experience and one that suits the goals I want to achieve in my career. Hopefully that place will be one that utilizes social media and many other useful instruments on the Internet; a place that has varied portfolios for me to work on to keep things busy and interesting; most importantly, a place that allows for creativity and has a fun, relaxing atmosphere to work in.

Outside of the environment and the tools used, I’m not a big fan of limiting where I work because it’s impossible to fully judge something until you’ve tried it. That being said, I have a leaning toward the consumer-tech sector, but I’m also open to government.

What you’ll find in me

If you’re reading this and have followed me on Twitter, this blog, or my latest and greatest blog inseansopinion.com, then you may have seen a good chunk of what I’m like in real life, or IRL as they say. If you haven’t, here’s a basic rundown:

  • I base my interactions with others on honesty because I can’t stand people who are fake.
  • I’m a lifelong learner, whether it’s reading blogs on communications best practices, attending industry events, or learning (some would say) useless trivia on Jeopardy.
  • I am a fan of sports and if you’ve seen my Twitter feed, you’ve seen how many Olympics-related posts I’ve done lately. Aside from that I’m an avid Leafs, Raptors and Jays fan, though by no means do I only stick to those teams or sports.
  • Much of my other entertainment comes from reading, movies/TV shows and music. I’m open to all genres as long as it doesn’t end up feeling like a chore to read, watch or listen to.
  • I may or may not require interventions from time-to-time for my addiction to coffee.

If by reading this someone feels I’d make a good fit at an organization, then by all means feel free to contact me by commenting, or send me an email at seanbailey84@gmail.com, and of course there’s always Twitter or LinkedIn.

Anne Frank was in the news on Friday thanks to a short video of her released earlier in the week.

On September 30, the Anne Frank House created the museum’s official YouTube channel. The channel posts unique videos, images and interviews to give people a more in depth look at the life of Anne Frank. It’s a great use of social media as it allows people from all over the world to take part and share their own thoughts on Anne’s story. It shouldn’t be any shock that YouTube is supporting this project.

“YouTube is keen to support the project because of the importance of making this content easily available to the wider public,” according to Mascha Driessen, Head of YouTube and Display Google in the Netherlands. “We hope this YouTube channel will help broaden the reach of the Anne Frank House, its educational power and its message of tolerance.” (quote c/o Anne Frank House.)

Anne just appeared for a brief moment or two but seeing her in her newlywed neighbours’ video gave me an eerie but intriguing glimpse into who she was. Thanks to its release, I’ll be picking up the book (I’ve already seen the movie). The video added something real to her; it’s almost too hard to put into words, but it made me interested to know even more about her.

To show how the power of the Internet is something no one should ignore, when the Star article was posted on Friday, it boasted that the video had been “viewed more than 300,000 times.” Well, as of my posting, it’s been viewed nearly 1.6 million times.

Back in April,  Mashable contributor Benn Parr posted HOW TO: Retweet on Twitter. His first point was the most on task, whereas the rest went on to (what seemed like) a tangent about ways to track the retweet and sites to help the retweeting process. Here’s tip #1:

Mashable Retweet Image

Retweeting is how Twitter users share interesting tweets from the people they are following. They copy and paste the original tweet and send it out. To give credit to the original person, users usually put “RT” plus the originator’s username at the beginning of the tweet. Here’s an example:

– The Twitter user @benparr tweets: I just heard that Apple is releasing new iPods in July!

– You retweet by posting RT @benparr I just heard that Apple is releasing new iPods in July!

While Benn and the Mashable folks gave this “How to” on ways to go about retweeting, I think it’s necessary to say adding value to a retweet is equally important as spreading the message to other people.  Here’s an example of what I mean:

Adding something so simple to a retweet doesn’t seem like much, but it could start a conversation or spread a message. Not only that, when something I put out into the Twitter abyss is retweeted I like it when people add their own opinions to it.

I don’t think it’s always possible or necessary to add something to every RT. For example, when it’s a serious topic, like a child is missing, I rarely add anything.

Remember, Twitter’s message limit is 140 characters, so if you’re planning on having something retweeted make sure to leave enough room for that to happen! For practical reasons, you should leave room for your Twitter handle and keep the message short so people won’t change it to squeeze in the message; many times they may not bother retweeting because it’s too much work.

How do you deal with retweets? I think people share a wide variety of opinions on them and I’d be interested in what you think.


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