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As of late, I have been getting many requests from parents of my students asking to connect with me via LinkedIn. But what I really want out of this post is for those school counselors and employees that do use LinkedIn to connect with other professionals.
If you are anything like me, you consume information like you are drinking from a fire hose. The constant influx from social media, network news, and all of our favorite school counseling blogs can quickly become overwhelming. You may have some other similarities to me like trying to keep up with your learning efficiently. Luckily for both of us – there are ways to help streamline our information feeds and I am going to show you some of my favorite and most popular tools.
This post will be focusing on how to take your new blog from stock theme and clipart to custom theme and great images. We will also take a look at a few free resources for bloggers and a few more of my favorite WordPress plugins for school counseling blogs.
Enter to win a free book!
Between now and 8/22 – be sure to enter to win a free book titled “The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School”. The book will be shipped directly to you. Check back here and your email for updates on the winner! Good luck!
This year, The Counseling Geek is teaming up The Middle School Counselor (Carol Miller) to up the ante even higher. I believe that through community donations and partnerships with sponsors – we can raise at least 5 full scholarships ($1,750) for the 2015 conference in Phoenix, AZ.
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Cloud-based file storage wünderkind!
I have been using Dropbox for almost two years now, in both my professional and personal life. I use it so much that I now rarely store any documents on my local “My Docuements” folder, but most everything goes into Dropbox. Started in 2007 by MIT graduates, it quickly gained a strong following. They run on the “Freemium” model, which grants new users a free allocation of 2GB of cloud based storage. Users are able to earn more storage by referring new users and through other, more fun events they stage throughout the year. Last year, they held a large scavenger hunt throughout the internet for prizes and free storage space. Overall, it is a strong model and many companies are starting to implement this structure.
Have you ever wanted to feel like you were the master of your technology? I thought so – now is the chance.
Lots of times, we counselors (and teachers or administrators) have an old desktop but also a laptop that we need to use for different purposes. What if you wanted or needed to use both? Did you know you can make a dual monitor setup at home or at work with out two monitors (but with two computers)? You can.
What really happens after you submit your application??
I always envisioned this dark room where a squat older bespectacled lady took pleasure in ripping my resume apart at the seams. Perhaps you think it goes into a black hole or in the bin. No matter what your vision is – you need to have a strategy when applying to jobs because you really never know who will be reviewing the applications.
Knock the socks off of your next interviewer!
Back in my undergraduate program, a project that was assigned in one of my technology courses was to develop a professional portfolio utilizing a high-tech tool. I used PowerPoint to build an easy to navigate and professional looking “program” that will allow interviewers, principals, and other stakeholders to view all my qualifications (resume, cover letter, transcripts) and showcase my technological skills at the same time.