Student Spotlight: OAMI Campus Scholars Antara Afrin and Wayne Lester

We were thrilled to celebrate a great semester with the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI) Campus Scholars a few weeks ago. OAMI Campus Scholars have been building their portfolios on Seelio over the last year and to recognize their work, OAMI held a dinner to celebrate the end of the semester and to award a special prize to the students with the two strongest portfolios.

We’d like to introduce you to the winners:

Meet Antara Afrin“The type of person to believe “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” (Colin Powell)”

Antara Afrin on Seelio

Meet Wayne Lester: “I am a musical yet athletic, artistic and creative engineer.”

Wayne Lester on Seelio

We’re amazed by Antara and Wayne’s work and look forward to following all of the Campus Scholars in their continued success at the University of Michigan. Congratulations on a wonderful year!

See more about our work with OAMI Campus Scholars in our recent Equity within the Classroom Conference presentation.

How Melissah Lang Got Her Foot in the Door: An Intern’s Story

In the course of Seelio’s history we have been able to work with a lot of awesome people, many of them interns. Since we’re all about sharing stories at Seelio, we asked one of our former interns, Melissah Lang, to share her’s.

So we present to you, Melissah’s thoughts on networking, job searching, working at Seelio and more! Enjoy!

Seelionians, allow me to introduce myself.

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REPOST: Recruiting, Talent and Your Portfolio: Joanna Kroll, Senior Associate at the University of Michigan

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.

REPOST: Recruiting, Talent and Your Portfolio: Joanna Kroll, Senior Associate at the University of Michigan


Meet Joanna Kroll. As a Senior Associate in Career Development at the University of Michigan School of Information, she has the scoop on recruiting, your portfolio and keeping up with the digital world. 

Joanna Kroll

The trend in recruiting these days indicates that recruiters in all industries are becoming more strategic about how to uncover hidden talent faster.  In this fast-paced, digital world, recruiters are looking for accomplished talent beyond looking at traditional resumes and cover letters.  They want to be able to evaluate and assess talent on a deeper, more strategic and holistic level, faster!  How are they doing this?  They are turning to eportfolios for more evidence of talent, skills, experience, personality and fit to better meet their organizational needs faster and more effectively.

A professional eportfolio is quickly becoming a job search tool recruiters expect when recruiting talent these days.  A good eportfolio can be a one-stop package showcasing your qualifications that reaches deeper levels of evidence than a standard resume and cover letter. Keep in mind that resumes and cover letters are just as important as an eportfolio as many recruiters do still prefer to see a resume and cover letter first, and then will go to the eportfolio as the second step in recruiting.   Your eportfolio should complement (not take the place of!) the content on your resume and cover letter in such a way that it provides recruiters the full picture of who you are and what you can do for them.  The eportfolio should provide proof of evidence that complements your content on a one-page resume and cover letter.

I’ve been a career counselor for 12 years at the University of Michigan School of Information, and my advice to my students has always been that in order to land that dream job, you MUST utilize every job search resource and tool available to you.  You NEED TO market your skills and talents to recruiters any way you can. And these days, recruiters are going to the web to uncover online portfolios, personal web pages, and social media plaftorms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and even Pinterest) to find talent faster these days.  As a job seeker, YOU MUST be aware of these trends and react to them by creating an online presence through a professional eportfolio today!


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