NCDA 2017 – Tech Twins Will Be There!

We just got the news that our presentation on using Snapchat to teach career development has been accepted for the 2018 NCDA Conference.  We have our first semester just winding up where Snapchat was integrated, and there have been many lessons learned along the way that we’ll be implementing into our next courses. We are so excited and hope that we’ll get to meet many of you there!

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Snapchat and Irma in Teaching Career Development

Hurricane Irma presented a unique challenge and opportunity last week for this Snapchat experiment. True to my 3x a week commitment, when Friday came, I decided to post this:

Immediately, I got responses back from most of my student followers, of their pets! Once I had heard from them, I decided to send this:

On Monday, I heard from the students that I was the only professor they had heard from during the hurricane. I was reminded how this tool can be used to connect in a caring way with students, and how that connection can make such a difference for them (and for me). I’m also challenged to think about how to balance the academic purpose of the tool (Book quotes are coming up!) and the personal connection. Curious as to how others manage that.

Linking Online Resources to Innovative Career Counseling Approaches

I’m very excited about continuing the conversation about how technology can be used in creative ways to enhance career counseling interventions and job searching. This presentation was made at the Ohio Career Development Association, co-sponsored by the National Career Development Association. This presentation is a mashup of previous Tech Twins presentations, updated with ethics, as well as a few new features hot off the presses. Hope you enjoy!

Best Practices in Social Media

Thanks again to the Georgia Career Development Association for inviting us to participate in their 2017 Mini-Conference! We enjoyed the conversation that happened with attendees during this interactive session focused on social media. So many interesting ideas!

Social media use is at an all-time high, but making an impact across multiple platforms can be an unrealistic expectation. Where should you spend most of your time and energy? What are the most effective ways to participate? The “Technology Twins” present their suggestions for tools and tasks, and invite you to share your success stories and lessons learned, with colleagues in this informal session.

Technology and the Job Search in 2017

If you aren’t familiar with Hannah Morgan’s Career Sherpa blog, now is a great time to add it to your career development reading list. In the most recent post, “31 Experts Share Predictions for Job Search in 2017.”

Chances are that you’ll recognize a lot of these experts from your social media feeds. You’ll also see a lot of references to technology and social media. A few of my favorites include:

  • Telecommuting and Remote Work – “More people will shift to telecommuting/remote work and freelancing, both part-time and fulltime …” – Jacob Share
  • LinkedIn and Traditional Resumes – “Savvy job seekers will fully populate every applicable LinkedIn section …” – Meg Guiseppi
  • Mobile Job Applications – “Chatbots will allow you to apply from your mobile phone with just a few clicks…” – Chris Russell
  • Social Media Recruitment – “Don’t underestimate how important it is to engage in online groups …” – Miriam Salpeter

Take some time to review all of the suggestions, organized into categories, in the Career Sherpa Slideshow.

Do these predictions match your own for the coming year? Share your strategies for helping students and clients master the job search process in 2017.