Right now is a very difficult time for me and my fellow Spring 2011 graduates. I am on an endless search for the perfect internship that will turn into the perfect job. One thing that is extremely different about my quest and those of past generations is the fact that I haven't gotten off my ass to search. I sit in my bed with my pink and turquoise Cynthia Rowley laptop cushion and browse the web. I check out sites like ed2010.com and The Intern Queen to help me find what employers are looking for recent graduates in my field. Hell, I even looked on Craigslist! But the question is: are electronic resumes the best way to present yourself?
Most businesses and companies only accept digital submissions and this can hurt those that think of themselves as a 'people person' and those who want to get in fields like public relations or marketing. But there is one way to get around this that I have recently discovered: create an online version of yourself. This includes joining sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. You should also start a blog in which you discuss your interests, including your professional ones. If you like to write, like me, join an online magazine and write for it. One great opportunity that I became a part of is Her Campus. There are branches for almost every university and if your school doesn't have one, you have the chance to start one and be the president!
Finally, the most important part of creating your online personality is to create a website for yourself! One of the easiest ways to do this is to use Wix. Wix is a free website builder where you use no codes or secret formulas. All you have to do is drag and drop images, text, links, whatever! There are several templates you can use, or you can start from scratch. Here's mine: Megan Elliott. This will make you look professional and able to keep up in this ever-changing digital world. Having your own website also makes you one step ahead of everyone else that is applying for the job or internship. Here is another site I made: Meghann Quinlan. These sites are fun and easy to make and hey, if you don't want to make one, I can always do it for you :)