You are your own company.
Getting a job out of college is no simple task, and differentiating yourself from the competition can be the difference between getting an offer and feeling uncertain about the beginning of your career. Some of these sites can help ease the tension, streamline your online presence and get you on the path to better creating your brand and marketing yourself to the world.
Here are five ways to jumpstart your brand or if you already have one, further enhance it:
Flavors.me is a splash page website that compiles all of your social networks into an attractive array that screams: “This is me!” The free service allows you to add up to five services and choose from a select number of templates. If you can spare $20 a year, you can connect unlimited services and gain access to a plethora of design and color way options. You can also purchase a domain name through the site, allowing you to fully brand your identity with your name linking to your page. This is a great option if you use social media heavily or blog, but do not necessarily want to bother with the necessary upkeep that comes with running your own website.
If you want to highlight your traditional resume, but want something unique and eye-catching, Vizualize.me might be right for you and it could not be simpler. You connect your LinkedIn profile to the site, and it populates your profile into an attractive display of colors, numbers and shapes. You can share it across your networks and even link it back to your professional profile. This is a great resource for expanding your LinkedIn and revealing areas where you can tighten things up as well.
Vizify is what happens when your Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare get together to have an HTML party with HD graphics. It allows you to create a visual story board of your education, work history and personalize things that are meaningful to you. Just out of beta, Vizify will be rolling out new features and are definitely open to feedback.
If you want something that you create and don’t mind building from scratch, then Easel.ly has a host of features that may be right for you. It gives you the option to create your own infographic or choose from a set of templates (which continue to grow) and edit as you see fit. While still in beta, Visual.ly will be releasing more features and graphics to make your next design sing your accomplishments better than the last.
If you are short on time but big on ideas, Infogr.am provides a great alternative to the Visua.ly similar benefits. Cloud based, you have the ability to embed a variety of cool interactive graphs, videos and texts into a set of infographics. After you finish you can embed it wherever you like or share it with your network. Definitely a great option if you want to highlight some specific work you did on a project, or quantify some of the data that can’t fit nicely into your resume. Graphs are interactive, so when you click, they animate.
Do you use any of these sites? How do you compile and keep your personal brand up to date?
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