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Cool Ideas for 2014

I ran across these two articles and really wanted to share them to aid the uphill but possible climb to making unemployment a nightmare of the past.

The first is:

10 New Skills You Can Learn in 6 Months
By Sara Roncero-Menendez

In a nutshell the ten skills are:

1. Image and Video Editing
2. CPR and First Aid
3. Bartending
4. Blogging
5. Project Management
6. Microsoft Office
7. Notarizing
8. Scuba Diving
9. Public Speaking
10. Foreign Language Basics

I’d like to add # 11 based on what I have learned from temping and talking to people at non-profits – Grant Writing.

How many do you have or can you refine? I know I am going to try to buff up on them. Several I know from experience like video/image editing are a lot of fun. For more in depth descriptions on the usefulness and awesomeness of these skills, click here for the article.

The second is a new way to revamp and glamour up our resumes and the superb fun and utility of blogging. I generally agree with this article. Writing is fun, a way to let off steam, and a way to make sure important issues are discussed.

Blogging is the new resume: Why less is not always more
By Ryan Hoover

There is also a podcast.

In addition, blogging is like my opinion about standardized tests. A person’s

against tests 2

capabilities and work ethic are best demonstrated through hmm.. demonstration. It’s better to manifest and apply your knowledge than cram it into an unrealistic arbitrarily limited timed environment. As the author says in the article, a blog [or in an academic setting – an essay or newspaper article] can demonstrate writing ability and actual accomplishment.

Other examples in the academic and professional worlds include:

  • Organizing an event or campaign with complementary social media awareness;
  • Producing your own movie or art/photo gallery;
  • Presentations, which can demonstrate any number of topics and address skills of general public speaking abilities;
  • Debates – how to craft a persuasive argument and defend your position,
  • The lab portions of science classes, and many many many more ways for almost any academic or life skills area.
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