6 Project Ideas for Your Resume

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The Projects section might be at the bottom of your resume…but don’t be fooled! It’s still a major selling point of your CV and is becoming more and more relevant in the modern job market as companies look for employees who self-train and walk through the door with something to offer on the first day.

This is why lifelong learning and continuing education is having a moment right now…and the market will continue to grow.

There are a lot of ways that you can demonstrate your initiative and interests as projects on your resume. Here are a few ideas…

  1. Start Your Own Blog
    It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment and you don’t need hundreds of blogs posts to exhibit expertise within your field.

Begin by making a list of topics that someone with your job title would be expected to be knowledgeable on and develop your post ideas from there.  One post per topic will work.

The Big 6 Skills on your resume is a good place to start. We teach you how to determine your Big 6 Skills in our Career Hacking Masterclass.

Make your posts unique by showing your personality and giving a real look into your work history and interests. A generic blog might hurt you instead of help you.

Since the sole purpose of your blog is to demonstrate your skills to potential employers, you can skip worrying about social media integration, SEO, and other typical website concerns. Keep in mind that someone who has already seen your resume or LinkedIn profile is going to be looking at your blog.

You’ll be driving traffic there directly so you don’t need to focus on any of the “pull” mechanisms of marketing.

What you should focus on is uniqueness and quality of writing. If you’ve never blogged before, take a look at some blog posts for ideas on how to structure them. Find a talented writer to edit before publishing if writing isn’t in your skill set.

If you’re better at being on camera than you are writing, make the content video-based.

You’ll also need to focus on making the blog attractive because studies have shown that people ultimately judge that content of a site based on its appearance.

  1. Make Something
    Is there some way you can bring your skills and interests into the physical world?

For those already who are already “makers” by trade or product-centric, this will be easy, but there are opportunities for desk workers as well.

Let me use myself as an example. Most of my work experience is related to marketing and operations, most recently in the educational content world, and my next career move is to focus more on content within the consumer behavior, business ethics, and psychology of happiness realms. If I were to make a career move in that direction through traditional employment, I would probably put together something like a book or magazine that contains content on one of these topics. I would maybe even bring in a couple of people to work on this with me so we can all use it on our resumes.

You don’t have to use an expensive printing solution either. In fact, you could skip printing altogether because you’ll be linking the pdf version on your resume.

Your project will have to make sense for your role and industry, but get creative and find something you’ll enjoy working on. If you need help with ideas, Tweet at me and we’ll chat about it.

  1. Team Up
    A big selling point for employers is an applicant who demonstrates an ability to thrive as a part of a team. There are some exceptions, of course, but most of us have to work with others in some way or another.

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Think of ways you can team up with someone to work on industry research, something creative, etc.

Demonstrating teamwork through a project is especially a good idea if you are wanting to move into a role that will require teamwork but have mostly solo work in your work history.

4. School Projects
Especially if you are a recent grad, the projects you completed during your studies can be included in the Projects section of your resume. Try to include only the most relevant projects you worked on -you don’t want this to be a list of every paper you wrote all throughout college.

What projects have the most crossover with the work you would performing if hired?

5. Start a Meetup Group
Meetup group leadership will show employers that you are a person who will take initiative to create something useful for others.

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It will also brand you as a person who is interested in people, which is actually really hard to come by these days.

As a bonus, you’ll also meet lots of new and interesting people who have connections to companies and jobs and build your social and organization skills.

6. Play Pretend
Create a make-believe work scenario and assign yourself a project that will demonstrate the skills that you would be performing if someone hired you.

In my early days of digital marketing, I would created logos, websites, and marketing strategies for pretend companies so I could show potential clients what my work looks like in addition to the work for clients I already had.

This is also helpful if you are looking to change industries but use the same skill set.

Have something in mind that I’ve forgotten here? Comment below and let’s talk about it!

The End of Jobs and Bosses

This post is part of our Augment Your Resume series. We’re creating content that will help you upgrade the language, certifications, volunteerism, and projects sections of your resume. After watching this video, you should be thinking about ways to display and prove your skills as the world of work changes.

No “jobs.” No bosses. I think the future of work is going to be decentralized, “bring your own skills to work,” about shared ownership, and will favor people who can effectively self-manage… themselves.

The “Pop Up Organization”
The future will probably involve fewer bosses. Recently, a group of American freelancers got together to create True Story (a card game and mobile app) and there’s one striking thing about the company. It isn’t a company. There are no bosses, no managers, and no official titles. It was a collaboration between a group of freelancers who met, created, signed revenue sharing agreements, and walked away. See http://nyti.ms/2v613SJ.

This is becoming an important way of working — and not just for bands of freelancers. Jody Miller, the founder of the Business Talent Group (see http://bit.ly/2x97CFq), makes a living assembling teams of freelancers for short-term projects for Fortune 500 companies.

Algorithmic Managers
Increasingly, software algorithms are being used to allocate, optimize, and evaluate human workers and business processes. Sound familiar? That’s what managers used to do. At companies like Uber and Lyft, there are 500 and even sometimes 1000 drivers for every 1 person who does traditional “management” functions.

The new conversation being had by next-generation management scientists isn’t how humans can be better managers, it’s how algorithms can be better human managers. For example, see the paper “Working with Machines” at http://bit.ly/2i9oclV. For more information about the DAO see http://bit.ly/25RWicG.

Also, watch Senator Ben Sasse being interviewed about the future of work at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. I believe he’s correct about much of his view on the future of work (and he’s definitely going to run for President, so he’s worth learning about). Here’s the link with the timecode embedded: http://bit.ly/2uV835l

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We’re Obsessed with Ambition in all the Wrong Ways

This post is part of our Augment Your Resume series. We’re creating content that will help you upgrade the language, certifications, volunteerism, and projects sections of your resume…and think differently about your job search!

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What is ambition and how do we qualify an action or lifestyle as ambitious or not?

Typically, how we think and feel about ourselves is greatly influenced by what others (our parents, our peers, leaders in our industry) think of us. It’s dangerous to assess ourselves in this way because it leads to making decisions that aren’t right for our needs, our values, our experiences, our personalities, etc.

I believe it makes us watered down versions of ourselves and actually impedes the positive impact that we are capable of having; we do things for the wrong reasons because our focus is on the image of ourselves that the public reflects back to us instead of the reality of who we actually are.

Lately, I’ve been working on breaking the approval seeking part of myself and thinking of ambition as dependent on the individual and what their goals, values, and interests are because ambition means different things to different people. And the same goes for achievement and success.

As you think about your career trajectory and, over the years, prepare your resume and keep your career profile up-to-date, I encourage you to stay connected with what YOUR true ambitious self looks like vs. what you see on the cover of Fortune, what your parents’ ambitions are for you, or what you see your peers doing.

Are you overcoming obstacles and doing the hard work to get to where you want to be and achieve what you set out to achieve? Are your goals based on what you actually want for yourself and do you let your values and ethics guide you in the right direction?

Following the Mainstream Can Cause Us Harm
The pressure for making certain “acceptable” decisions doesn’t stop with our friends and family. Norms are pushed on us through the media as well, as Alain de Botton so aptly describes in Status Anxiety:

“Ideology is released into society like a colourless, odourless gas. It is embedded in newspapers, advertisements, televisions programmes, and textbooks -where it makes light of its partial, perhaps illogical or unjust take on the world; where it meekly implies that it is simply stating age-old truths with which only a fool or a maniac would disagree.”

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This includes ideology about the economy and who qualifies as a useful person within that economy.

Now, you still have to possess skills, interests, and talents in an area where there is clear need in order to be employable or create a career for yourself. In general, being people-centric will help set you on the right path.

But prioritizing money and praise is NOT the only way to be an ambitious person. Ambition is possible without either of these foci.

If you perform some kind of action that greatly influences your community in a positive way but there is not necessarily any kind of monetary reward or public recognition for it, are you not ambitious in your efforts and are you not successful?

What we see reflected back to us often in these cases is that it doesn’t qualify as ambition but we shouldn’t be assessing our ambition based on someone else’s judgement of us. Our limit should not be where the paycheck and the praise ends.

Get comfortable with the idea that what other people think about you does NOT matter and is most often a distraction from being a real leader!

Traditional Views on Ambition
For too long –in my opinion and based on the findings of researchers in the fields of the science of happiness, sociology, consumer behavior, and many other areas of study– we have measured ambition based on the amount of money and/or public recognition that an individual receives or seeks.

We conflate the feeling of love (however disingenuous it may be) that we get from strangers based on money rewards and attention with real success and love.

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If you aren’t bringing home a fat paycheck or on your way to getting one, you aren’t all that ambitious.

If you aren’t being featured in publications as an expert in your field (or if your don’t care to be), ambition simply isn’t part of your personality or something that you prioritize.

We, as a society, are confusing monetary gain as a measurement of an individual’s value in the world and we are being told what it means to be ambitious instead of deciding what it means for us and what WE want to contribute to the world.

This is causing much confusion in the world of professionals as college graduates leave programs that were never right for them for jobs that aren’t right for them. These big decisions that we later (sometimes much later) realize are mistakes that can often be traced back to status anxiety and our narrow view of what ambition is because we followed the path that others told us was the right one.

What Makes a Person Ambitious?
The problem with the public attention and financial success mindset surrounding ambition is that we are leaving out the numerous other approaches to ambition that one might argue are far more important than a salary or public praise and, in the end, do more good for society and future generations.

We’ve been conditioned to believe that those who receive the praise and the money are the ones who deserve it; we buy into the idea that we live in a meritocracy. So those who fall into the category of wealthy and/or public figures stake claim over the adjective “ambitious”, leaving out the many others who are striving to be change makers or make progress in their fields; the ones who haven’t prioritized public recognition and most likely made sacrifices regarding their paychecks….or simply have their noses down in their work.

So what makes a person ambitious? There isn’t a definition that I can give you because there is no model to follow. You are going to have to create your own model.

That might initially sound scary to you….but what it should sound like is FREEDOM.

You have to decide what your ambitions are for yourself. What is it that you love and enjoy? What do you feel are your innate talents and how can you work hard at delivering those talents as a service to those around you? What is ripe for disruption?

Once you’re on that path -on YOUR path- you can feel comfortable in your ambition and won’t need to look for approval.

 

Self Discipline is Underrated

📿 How are you challenging yourself to be more disciplined? 📿

Could self-discipline hold the key to a healthier, happier, more successful future?

The Books Mentioned in this Video:
• Siddhartha by Herman Hesse – http://amzn.to/2u3P48y
• Hooked by Nir Eyal – http://bit.ly/2fbUmw2
• Nudge by Richard Thaler – http://amzn.to/2v2txhO

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The Importance of Learning How a Language is Really Spoken

This guest post is part of our Augment Your Resume series. We’re creating content that will help you upgrade the language, certifications, volunteerism, and projects sections of your resume. You can find a coupon for 25% off Charlie’s course, Zero to French: A Complete Guide to Spoken French, here.

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When we learn a foreign language in high school or college, it’s usually not really how native speakers use the language in everyday life. We learn the language in a very proper and academic way, but that tends to not be very useful in real life situations. So you end up with people who might have studied a foreign language for several years, but can hardly use what they’ve learned at all.

It’s pretty sad right? Why else would you learn a language?

I definitely understand why academic institutions teach languages like that. They want people to learn proper grammar and in a way, sort of protect the language, but it just seems like a giant waste of time that so many people spend all this time studying something and end up being unsuccessful at it in the end.

So if you’re studying a foreign language with the intent of actually being able to apply what you’ve learned, studying in a classroom is not nearly enough! You have to go out and use what you’ve learned in order to be proficient at it. There’s really no other way.

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The problem with how most people currently learn languages is that they’re limited to textbooks, exercises, and tests, which can be helpful, but they don’t spend enough time using the language to become proficient at it. If you want to have beautiful, flowing conversations in French, you’re going to have to practice having beautiful flowing conversations in French with other people.

It’s a lot like driving a car. You can read a book about driving and learn the rules of the road, but unless you actually get behind the wheel of a car and spend a decent amount of time practicing, you’ll never be a very good driver. There are some things that you would just never be able to learn in a classroom.

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So for those of you who would like to speak a foreign language proficiently one day, I highly suggest you get out of this “classroom” mentality and focus on using the language as much as possible. Sure you can learn the basics and even take a couple of entry level classes to get your feet wet, but get out there and start using what you’ve learned as soon as possible.

There are sites like couchsurfing.com and meetup.com where you can easily find some friends who speak the language you’d like to learn and practice with them. Don’t overthink it! Just have a good time with your new friends and remember, the only way to get good at something is to practice doing it.

Get started learning French today with Zero to French: A Complete Guide to Spoken French (25% off) and start developing an invaluable skill to add to your resume!

Facebook Advertising: The Facebook Ads 2017 Certification Course (Trailer)

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*Get a $10 discount on the course here: http://bit.ly/fbads10*

In less than 3 hours you’ll be able to use Facebook’s ad targeting features, install and use the Tracking Pixel, launch campaigns, and receive a certification.

Learning how to use Facebook Advertising isn’t just for launching Facebook ads to sell products. Instead, think of Facebook ads as a way to communicate with hyper-targeted groups of people. Facebook advertisements can be used for recruiting, for public relations, to promote events, to build communities, and, of course, for selling products and services.

Learning to use the Facebook Ads suite for business will enable you to be better at online marketing, modern digital communications, and will give you a strong background for a variety of social media and digital marketing applications. You’ll also earn your Facebook Ads 2017 certificate which you can link to on your LinkedIn® profile, resume, etc.

For more info: http://bit.ly/fbads10

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LinkedIn Tips: Give People Public Recognition for Good Work + Get Profile Views

When I think about how professional social networking is evolving, it makes me happy. More and more, I see people who used to be silent observers speaking up. I see them giving thanks, talking about causes they believe in, and responding to other people’s ideas. In this past, it was only the outspoken people and the crazies who were active on social media. I like to see these networks–especially LinkedIn–getting more SOCIAL.

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Recently, I publicly thanked a group of people through a LinkedIn post. These people helped me develop an international marketing strategy and I felt like our MBA program–the way we were connected to one another–deserved a shout-out on LinkedIn. So I took advantage of the tagging feature on LinkedIn and tagged each of them plus the people who run the program in the post. Man, it worked!

Within a few days, the post had more than 3,000 views and nearly 30 post engagements. That’s a pretty successful post! Looking back on it, being friendly, giving people a public “thank you,” and tagging your own business in the post is a win-win-win.

So next time you want to let your network know that one of your colleagues, clients, or peers did something worth sharing take the time to be kind, be public, and tag them in your post.

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From Brant Wickersham: Why Emotion Is Okay

This is an excerpt from an original blog post on The Inquiry of Excellence blog.

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“Vulnerability is often overlooked and ignored.

For longer than I can remember, I’ve heard that men are designed to be tough. From a purely genetic and physiological sense, it is easily understood. Men have higher levels of testosterone than women and can naturally build muscle at higher levels than women. The issue that I find in this statement, however, is not its association with muscle or the physical nature of being a man, but that it’s also been attached to the mental side of being a man.

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It’s frowned upon to cry, frowned upon to be seen as weak, and on top of that, the least manly thing you can do is to always be that moody friend.

Naturally, we are susceptible to emotions, but men have been trained into thinking that emotion is not a factor to personal development.”

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How Blockchain will Revolutionize the World’s Data

🎥 Ludell Jones, Eazl’s Marketing Director, has been publishing some awesome vlogs about the day in the life of a modern marketer. Check out her latest installation here 🎥

Big Blockchain Data
We live in a world where owning data is the way that companies compete but as more industries–from finance to insurance to ecommerce–transition to more secure and scalable blockchain-based systems, things in the world of data will change. Some people are calling this “the industrialization of data.” Read more here.

Facebook’s Data Factory
Facebook’s collection of data makes it one of the most influential organizations in the world and Serbian CS professor Vladan Joler has been leading a massive project to map the massive Facebook data collecting machine. See tons of beautiful maps and original articles about his team’s findings here.

AI-proof Jobs
The new mantra in the labor market is that robots and artificial intelligence are going to take over everything. But for those who don’t want to work in artificial intelligence or robotics, there are some “robot-proof” careers, at least for now. According to some experts, they are: creative folks, healthcare practitioners, child care workers, engineers, teachers, human resources executives, and traditionally blue-collar jobs like carpenters, plumbers, and electricians. Read about Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg’s take here.

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From Forbes: Never Give Up Your Salary Details

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“It is wonderful to see job-seekers waking up to realize they have more power in the hiring equation than they thought they did.

Employers can’t grow their businesses without great employees on board.

Job-seekers need to know that there are lots of badly-managed organizations that treat job-seekers like dirt. Almost everyone has run into one of those organizations at some point.

The faster you run away from organizations (and recruiters) who treat you badly, the sooner you’ll find the right people to collaborate with!

Don’t give up your current or past salary details just because someone asks you to. What you get paid now and what you got paid at every job you’ve ever held is your personal information — and nobody else’s business.

Recruiters will ask for your salary history and so will employers. If you run into the question ‘What did your past jobs pay?’ on an online job application, here’s how to handle it.”

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