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How Caroline’s Seelio Helped Her Land Her Summer Job

Seelio can help you stand out in your job search and show why you’re the perfect hire. Don’t believe us? We’ll show you! Caroline Jardine, a Seelio superstar, reached out to us to share her success story. Caroline is currently a sophomore studying Art Education and pursuing a BFA in 2D Fine Arts at the University of Toledo. See what she had to say!

Caroline Jardine on Seelio

What job did you apply for?

I applied to the Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program with the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo for the position of an assistant instructor. I recently had a phone interview with them, and they asked to see some images of my studio work. I gave them my Seelio site URL and they loved it. In fact, they asked me if I thought teaching the high school students in the program how to set up a Seelio account would be something to try.

Caroline's "Young Artists at Work 2013" Work

What happened?

I got the position for the Arts Commission and I know that my Seelio page helped me!

Tell us more about how you got the job. What key skills/works helped you stand out?

I have been involved with YAAW for the past 4 years. I was an apprentice for two years, a senior apprentice for one year, and an assistant instructor last year. I developed a curriculum plan for my interview this year. The curriculum plan was a glass mosaic project that teaches apprentices new skills and encourages them to reach out of their comfort zone in collaborating with others. Michelle Carlson, the program coordinator for YAAW, was very impressed with my Seelio portfolio. When on the phone for our phone interview, I was able to tell her the link and we looked at my page together. They were able to ask me questions regarding my work during the interview because of Seelio. They especially liked my YAAW mural posts from last year.

Caroline's "Hero's: Mural" and "Hero's 'Crazy Cool Art' classes" Works

 How did Seelio help?

Not only did my Seelio site present my work professionally, but it also gave me an edge over other applicants for this position who may not have an account. Seelio has greatly benefited my professional development just in the past few months that I have been using it.

What will you be doing this summer at YAAW as the associate instructor? What are you most excited for?

My role as an assistant instructor is to work alongside the main instructor in leading a group of approximately 20 high school youth. I will work with the other instructors in planning sell-able projects and mural projects for the 6 week program; engaging a diverse group of youth in producing artwork 6 hours per day/5 days per week; teaching job skills; ordering supplies; client meetings; and work with the apprentices on professional development. I am most excited to work with the apprentices and see how they develop and learn as artists in just 6 weeks.

You’ve done a great job with your Seelio. What is your favorite work?

My favorite work on my Seelio is “Ukraine: Past and Present.” I will be uploading 3 new images to this work soon! The images are from a final project in my Digital Photography class. I entered the class with no Photoshop experience. I feel that these images are a good representation of how much I have learned and improved from the beginning of the semester. This class is also where Seelio was introduced to us!

Caroline's "Digital Photo: Ukraine: Past and Present II" Work

What is your advice for other students looking for internships and jobs using Seelio?

Seelio can set you apart from other job applicants. Look at your Seelio page from the interviewer’s perspective. Interviewers like seeing a clean, concise portfolio of your best work that is presented in an accessible way.  Include meaningful commentary and descriptions about your work. This shows that you have the ability to think critically and communicate ideas. Also look at other Seelio pages that appear professional. Find what makes them successful and use this in yours. Remember that Seelio may be your first impression for an interviewer!


We are excited to see the great work you’ll do at your summer job, Caroline. Congratulations and best of luck! For more information about her journey, see her Seelio.

Want to share your story? Email us at students@seelio.com!

 

Staff Picks: Top 12 of 2012

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As the year comes to a close, we thought we’d share Seelio Staffs’ Top 12 of 2012:

We’ve selected 12 of the best works on Seelio, broken down in the following categories: Technology, Art & Design, Social Impact, Engineering, Student Orgs, and Expression.

May these works encourage you to start tracking and showcasing your learnings, accomplishments, and experiences on Seelio in 2013!

Technology:

UDJ

UDJ | Kurtis Nusbaum, University of Illinois
A social music player that allows many people to control a single music player from their smartphones

Fences | Jeff Bargmann, Rochester Institute of Technology
A tool for a clean desktop

Art & Design:

Nomad Furniture

Nomad Furniture | Adam Wells, University of Michigan
Furniture and room furnishings for the lifestyle of people in their twenties

Art for Sustainable Change | Ariel Russ, Mount Holyoke College
Art project about single use plastic water bottles and waste minimization 

Social Impact:

KIPP Charter School

KIPP Ascend Charter School | Jake Bebar, University of Notre Dame
Internship experience at KIPP, a network of public tuition-free college prep schools

Water Sanitation in Rural Gabon | Nathan Ritter, Northwestern University
Delivering potable water to Bindo, a rural village in Gabon

Engineering:

Happy Egg Washer

Happy Egg Washer | Jacky Lau, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
An egg washer designed for small to mid-sized farms that currently hand wash their eggs

Humanoid Hand Development | Michael Stevens, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
A robotic human hand with 16 degrees of freedom

Student Orgs:

Asayake Taiko

Asayake Taiko | Briana Zimmers, University of California – San Diego
UCSD’s Japanese drumming group

The Daily Texan | Blas Garcia, University of Texas – Austin
Weekly news videos for UT Austin’s student newspaper

Expression:

Creative Writing

Creative Writing | Elizabeth Boyce, Princeton University
A collection of stories from Princeton’s creative writing class

It Gets Better | David Robert Debor, Gettysburg College
Original videos produced highlighting the struggles LGBT youth

REPOST: John Luther, UMich A&D Career Development Coordinator: What is a Portfolio?

Some of you know that while in alpha, what you now know as Seelio, was named truApp, and that we posted lots of blog entries on our truApp blog. Some of those entries seemed so important we figured we’d post them again. This is one of them. Enjoy! Find the original entry here.

 

John Luther, Career Development Coordinator for U of M Art & Design asks;

What is a Portfolio?

Find out his thoughts on the matter – and even check out his Seelio*, a showcase of his work to share with Art & Design students.

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As someone who works in Art & Design I hear the word “portfolio” bandied about by non-creative people a great deal and realize that their definition of portfolio is quite different from mine.   So here is what my trusty online dictionary says about the word:

portfolio |pôrtˈfōlēˌō|

noun ( pl. -os)

a large, thin, flat case for loose sheets of paper such as drawings or maps.

• a set of pieces of creative work collected by someone to display their skills, esp. to a potential employer.

• a varied set of photographs of a model or actor intended to be shown to a potential employer.

a range of investments held by a person or organization : better returns on its investment portfolio.

• a range of products or services offered by an organization, esp. when considered as a business asset: an unrivaled portfolio of quality brands.

the position and duties of a minister of state or a member of a cabinet : he took on the Foreign Affairs portfolio.

adjective

relating to, denoting, or engaged in an employment pattern that involves a succession of short-term contracts and part-time work, rather than the more traditional model of a long-term single job : portfolio careers allow women to balance work with family.

ORIGIN early 18th cent.: from Italian portafogli, from portare ‘carry’ foglio ‘sheet of paper’ (from Latin folium).

 

So who really needs a portfolio?  You do.  Whether you are an animator, a painter, a business major or an engineer you need the ability to “show” what you can do, not just “tell” what you can do.  We live in a phenomenally visual age and we can share our ideas, skills, designs, etc. as fast as the click of a mouse.  Artists and Designers have a leg up because we have been using portfolios for as long as, well for at least as long as the early 18th Century according to the definition above.  Now you can create a portfolio to represent who you are, what you can do, what you can contribute, etc.

 

Having a web portfolio is essential to students in the School of Art & Design, but so are the means to have that portfolio seen by potential employers.  There are a LOT of sites out there that help in this regard, but Seelio* provides something more unique.  In addition to straightforwardly having your work seen by potential employers who recruit on the site, you can also share work with others in the hopes of collaboration.  In the 21st century, collaborative work is rapidly becoming the norm and effective platforms for sharing work are essential.

So, whether you are a creative person who is used to having and presenting a portfolio, or you consider yourself to be not so creative, Seelio is a way to share your work, collaborate, and hone how you wish to present yourself to others.

 

*formerly referred to as truApp in original post