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Chelsea Hunersen

A Message from our CEO, Moses Lee

Hello Everyone,

Happy Wednesday! We have had many exciting things happening at Seelio, and we wanted to give you a quick re-cap of all the excitement!

This past week we hosted Facebook recruiter Will Barnett at our office. He shared great insights with us on the recruiting process, including this little tidbit:

Any ability to learn who a candidate is, beyond just their resume and degree, is critical to finding and assessing the best talent.”

Including Seelio URL on your resume sets you apart by showcasing who you are and what you can do, and it ultimately increases your chances to land a job.  

Here are a few more items to note:

Jobs: Since the opening of the jobs board last week, so many of you have applied for jobs and been contacted by companies. Email us when you land an interview through Seelio. We love hearing your success stories!

Meet the Companies: Companies on Seelio are also showcasing themselves, helping you determine whether they are a good fit for you. Check out these exciting opportunities: FacebookBlackboardAirtime and Fueled.

Be Discovered: If you have not already been convinced to get a Seelio, here is another reason: Seelio is onboarding great companies left and right. For example, Twitter and Palantir signed up just last night!

Seelio has been busy travelling from campus to campus. We have recently been to the University of Illinois, Purdue University, Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. In the coming weeks, we will be back at University of Illinois and at Carnegie Mellon University. If you are a student at either of these schools, email us at students@seelio.com —we would love to meet you and give you some cool swag!

Happy job hunting!

-Moses

Co-founder & CEO

#DisruptTheResume with Seelio

So you’re getting a B.A. in History, but what does that mean, really? How does an employer know what you bring to the table besides in-depth knowledge of the War of 1812? How can you show employers what you know? Say Hello to Seelio!

Seelio provides a platform for students to showcase projects that would otherwise be marginalized on a typical text-based resume. For example, on Seelio students have showcased projects such as an outreach campaign for a student organization, a marketing strategy for a business class, user experience research on an organizational website, and design experiments developed in their spare time. Seelio has the capability to accentuate an entirely new dimension to your education and experience.

Even more, Seelio enables students to showcase valuable, transferable (broadly applied) skills (e.g, communication, leadership and teamwork) gleaned from club membership or class work. These features enable recruiters to understand the value of your education. In summary, regardless of major or concentration, Seelio enables students to showcase their passions, dynamic capabilities and the work behind their accomplishments.

It’s time for students of all disciplines to distinguish themselves from the two-dimensional world of the traditional resume. It’s time to #DisruptTheResume and showcase yourself with Seelio!

Announcing the “2012 Most Unique Summer Work Winner”— Tracy Ko

Summer is a time when, unburdened by the hours of homework and extra-curriculars, students are free to experiment with interesting projects and pursue their life passions. This is important because according to recruiting blog The Ladders, these passions are an important part of who you are and thus what kind of applicant you will make.

If articulated well, summer projects can be extremely powerful in telling your story. Unfortunately, resumes do not always do summer projects justice. This is where a portfolio tool such as Seelio can give you an edge in job-hunting.

In the spirit of showcasing students’ summer accomplishments, Seelio held a contest to find the most unique summer experience on the site. We had a lot of excellent entries (for example, the aviation project submitted from William Quinn, caffeinated cookies from Chris Bogdan, the Ryan Seacrest productions internship from Jeffery Wisenbaugh and more). However, we are THRILLED to announce that our grand prize winner is Tracy Ko!

A junior at the University of Michigan, Tracy spent the summer working with Students of the World, a nonprofit that helps students tell stories of projects that inspire them. Tracy was based in New Mexico to document the efforts of a Nature Conservancy. Her work was chosen as the contest winner because it embodied her multiple unique passions and it was a defining moment in her career development. For her unique work, Tracy will receive a $50 AMEX gift card from Seelio. Check out Seelio’s interview with Tracy below to learn more about her summer:

Q: First, can you explain to us a little more about what you did this summer?

I was selected to be the photographer for the 2012 National Team for Students of the World. Every year, SOW sends teams of college students abroad “to shine a light on progress” that non-profit organizations are doing all over the world. The 2012 National Team was partnered up with The Nature Conservancy. Our 7-person team consisted of the lead filmmaker, assistant filmmaker, photographer, journalist, producer, social media coordinator, and graphic designer. We travelled to the New Mexico, Mexico, and the Grenadines to document the conservation efforts of The Nature Conservancy. After spending a month of traveling, to we return to Austin, TX (the headquarters of SOW) to spend 6 weeks on post-production. By the end of the internship, we delivered a complete media package of short videos, photos, articles, and graphics for The Nature Conservancy to use.

Q: That’s really cool, what made you decide to take this trip with Students of the World?

 When I saw first saw a campus flyer for an info session about SOW, I was immediately drawn to it because it contained three of my passions into one flyer: visual media, travelling, and social justice. After attending the info session, I was hooked on SOW’s mission. Not knowing whether I would be accepted because of my limited experience, I still applied for the photographer’s position anyways. And as the application process continued, eventually I was offered the position and I accepted right away!

Q: What did you like best about New Mexico?

I absolutely love the unique Southwestern landscape of New Mexico. It has a Wild West quality that I’m drawn to and inspired by. New Mexico also has a great art scene that’s Spanish and Native American influenced which I really admire as well. Overall, I love New Mexico! I would totally consider moving down to Santa Fe!

Q: What is one thing you learned from this trip that you would not have been able to learn otherwise?

What it means to be a better visual story teller. Being a good photographer means more than just taking “cool” pictures. It’s about telling a story through those photos. This internship helped me to go out of my comfort zone and actively seek stories. Many times I had to randomly approach people if I could take their pictures and I would ask questions and listen to their personal stories. So overall, I learned that curiosity, boldness, and human compassion are important qualities of a good photojournalist!

Q: Finally, please share with us why others should create a Seelio.

 It’s is a great way for people to really understand what you’re passionate about. Sometimes explaining to people what activities you’re involved in gets a bit stale. But when your work is visually displayed, it makes so much sense to other people! For example, when I see friends’ Seelio’s profiles, I’m thinking “Oh, so that’s what they’ve been up to all year!” So I get a better appreciation for what they’re passions are.

Congratulations, Tracy!

Seelio will continue to host contest like this in the future. To be informed of this and all other Seelio happenings follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Finally, make sure to upload your work and be ready for more prizes to come!

Questions or Comments please e-mail Chelsea at chelsea@seelio.com