It’s funny how unintentionally circular life can be. Five years ago I was frantically putting together my supplementary application for my Concurrent Bachelor of Education, just as many of you who are reading this are doing. Today, I am (not frantically) polishing my applications to school boards for teacher hiring.
Five years flew by in what seems like five seconds, but when I look back I am always so surprised and proud of all that I accomplished in that time. And, not surprisingly, the easiest way for me to look back is to scroll through what I’ve posted online—also known as my digital footprint.
If there’s anything that I’ve learned over these past five years as a student, an educator and an eAmbassador, it’s that an online presence is not only delicate but crucial to have. Contrary to popular belief, changing your name on Facebook and disappearing off the face of the internet is not the answer. Give yourself a persona that will make you undoubtedly hirable by putting yourself out there; make your Twitter and Instagram feeds public and fill them with content relevant to your professional field, and make online networking connections with higher-ups that could potentially help you out post-grad.
It can be as simple as something like this:
— Gillian Wassmansdorf (@gillianwassGL) November 23, 2014
On a similar note to that of relevant content, start to be mindful of how your work and volunteer experiences are relevant to what you want to do in the future; you’ll get your “edge” from the skills that you can draw from your experiences and bring to your career. I have grown aware of how adaptable the skills I acquired through my leadership experiences really are, and I am very grateful to have had those opportunities.
Still putting your supplementary application together? Keep everything relevant and concise—maybe your first job delivering newspapers isn’t all that, but maybe your experience mentoring incoming high school students is! Choose references that have seen you in those “all that” capacities, because they’re the ones who will really be able to show you off to the decision-makers.
Bonne chance, and comment below if you have any questions about your application(s)!
PS. Interested in scoping out my relevant experience since high school? Visit my linkedIN profile; I worked really hard on it… 🙂