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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!


Now we ask; What are you waiting for?

Preserve Those Projects!

T’was the week before finals and all through the campus, not a creature was stirring… well maybe in the library!

As the semester comes to a close and finals are approaching, we know the hours spent and RedBulls consumed seem pretty daunting. Don’t worry, there’s light at the end of the tunnel, you’re almost there! As an inspiration for the final stretch, we have included a gallery of some impressive final projects we have seen on Seelio to date. Keep going and maybe one day if you upload your project, it could end up on the gallery!

Gallery Final Projects

Some of our highlighted final projects this week include:

Stand & Rest by Michelle KimBA Art & Design, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’11) Michelle Kim University of Michigan Engineering

Neuromap – Deep Brain Stimulation Probe by Paul KapoorMEng Energy Systems Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’10)

Java and SQL in EECS282 by Chihiro JimboBA Informatics and BA Anthropology, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’13)

Design of Health Informatic Web App: SmartData by Ray Hu, MS Information, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’13)

Google Wallet Marketing Project by Jay Ahn, BA History Concentration European Studies, Northwestern University (’12)

Gummy by Matthew SchulteBS Computer Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’15)

Dynamic Simulation of a Compressor by John FisherBS Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame (’13)

Capstone Project for Playtex Products Inc. by George Joseph Ferko VBS Materials Science Engineering, Lehigh University (’10)

Integrated Product Development

6th Grade Dramatic Structure: A Study of the Vikings by Courtney CalesBA Theater and Communication, Loyola University Chicago (’12)

BucketBOT Modular Robotics Challenge by Thuan DoanBS Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (’15)

Integrated Product Development by Adam Wells, BS Architecture and Program in Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’13)

The Discotective by Tyler Johnson, PhD Electrical Engineering, University of Washington (’17)

Gesture Recognition using Depth Information by Anant AgarwalBTech Computer Science and Engineering,  Jaypee Institute of Information Technology (’13) 

Proposal: Liquid Crystal Thermometer by Veronica LiBS Chemical Engineering, Columbia University in the City of New York (’15)

Personal Custom Electric Scooter by Franco MontalvoBA Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (’13)


There were several other inspiring projects we didn’t have a chance to show. See a more complete list of them here.

As soon as you are done with your final project, don’t forget to upload it to your Seelio for your peers, parents and potential employers to see. After all, you’ve worked hard on it, get keep your work alive!

Good luck with finals!


Featured Gallery: Interns of Interest!

Happy December! First semester is ending and that means one thing, the start of internship application. For those of you who don’t already have jobs lined up, don’t panic, there is still time! This month, spend some time researching companies you are interested in. Also, take time to think about what kind of job you want (marketing, product engineering, policy etc.) and for what kind of company you want to work (corporation, startup, NGO, etc.).

Just in case you are lost, we have somewhere for you to start! Check out our featured gallery of internships this week. See what some of these interns have done in particular roles/at particular companies. You can also go onto Seelio to search for other showcased internships. Finally, don’t forget to check out the Seelio Jobs section for more opportunities!

Internship Gallery

Some of our highlighted interns this week include:

Social Media Intern at Crowdrise by Taylor Davis, BA Informatics: Social Computing, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’13)

Music World Entertainment Internship by Natalie ChengMBA Music Business, Belmont University (’13)

Music World Entertainment Internship

Web Marketing Internship by Jared HanstraBS Mathematics, University of Notre Dame (’13)

Intern Within Productions at Kaufman Astoria Studios by Lauren CorriganBA English Writing, Saint Mary’s College (’13)

Retinal Camera for Mobile Phones by Deborah Tien, BS Astrophysics, Wellesley College (’12)

SDE Intern, DataminingTools Inc. by Sagar Jauhari, MS Computer Science, North Carolina State at Raleigh (’14)

Analytics Intern by Gavin Owens, BS Computer Science, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign (’13)

NASA Ames Research Center Summer Intern by Kendrick Wang, BA Business Information Management, University of California – Irvine (’13)

Media Intern at Design for America by Elizabeth MillerBA Radio/Television/Film, Northwestern University (’12)

Allison Transmission: Summer Intern by Mike BrajerBSE Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’14)

Mike Brajer Summer Internship

Internship at ThreeWill by Alex Ryan, BEng Electrical Engineering, Clemson University (’15)

Intern, Save the Children International by Munmun KhanBA International Studies & BA Community Action Social Change, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’13)

Boston Dynamics by Thuan DoanBS Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (’15) 

Intern at Cataphora by Paige DeRaedtBS Mathematics and BS Statistics, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’13)

Civil and Environmental Engineering / Land Surveying Internship by Bradley RockBSE Civil Engineering (Focus Environmental Engineering), University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (’13)



Seelio is working to create theme galleries for the next few weeks. If you have any ideas, feel free to contact Chelsea (chelsea@seelio.com).