Tools for Success: Canva

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If you’ve never heard of Canva, stop what you’re doing right this instant and go to their website: www.canva.com. Canva is a design program that is easy to use and free, which is why we are making it this week’s tool for success.

Once you’ve signed up for a free account, you can create anything from posters, presentations, social media images, blog graphics and more. You no longer need to be a graphic designer to create beautiful, inspiring images. One of the easiest things to create with Canva is infographics. They provide hundreds of images, charts, and icons that you can use create a meaningful infographic.

Even if you don’t have a creative bone in you, they offer tutorials about proper color schemes, making your backgrounds pop, how to choose a font, and more.

Have you designed something in Canva before? Tell us about your experience.

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Tools for Success: Remember The Milk

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This week’s Tool for Success not only organizes your work assignments, but your personal tasks as well.  Remember The Milk is a free, easy to use task management tool that you can use either on your desktop or mobile phone.

If you were not a fan of Asana (other task management program featured as a Tool for Success) because of layout or usability, try Remember The Milk.   I emphasize the term “Task” management as oppose to project coordination. While Asana is great for teams and group projects, Remember The Milk is more for personal tasks and work assignments.

From the moment you log in and start creating tasks, you will see how easy the program is to navigate. Even go the extra step and download the app to your phone and watch your tasks sync with both your phone and desktop.

Have you tried Remember The Milk? What tool do you use to help manage your tasks?

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Tools for Success: Mural.ly

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If you’re looking for a place to collaborate ideas with others, try Mural.ly. This free tool lets you share pictures, websites, and add notes on a virtual whiteboard.

Mural.ly is a great tool for those who are working with a team of people and need to share ideas. To start, create a free account with an email address and walk through their simple tutorial. Create a board for a project you’ve been working on. If you’re not sure where to start, try some of their layouts such as canvas templates, maps, calendars and more.

Do you have a tool you like to use for sharing ideas?

Tools for Success: Pocket

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Do you like to read articles and search for advice online?
Do you like watching cat videos or searching for kitten photos online? (no judgment here)
Do you apply for jobs online?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you NEED this week’s Tool for Success.  We’ve all been there. You find an article you like but wait to read it until later. You get home and either a.) you forget about it or b.) you can’t find it.

Pocket is a free tool that helps categorize and organize the websites or articles you want to save. There are multiple ways to download the app. You can add it as an extension to your internet browser or download the app for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire.

Once you’ve downloaded Pocket, start adding websites you’re browsing to your “pocket” and then tag it with keywords to easily categorize them.  Once it’s saved to your “pocket” you can access it from any device!

Have you used Pocket before? How do you categorize websites you want to save?

Tools for Success: Pinterest

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Have you ever considered using Pinterest for your job search? While Pinterest is great for home décor wishful thinking, arts and crafts you’ll never do, and a plethora of dinner ideas, it’s also great for job seekers. Try this week’s tool for success to help organize your job search efforts. Here’s how:

1. Create a board for resume templates and advice. Find hundreds of free resume templates and pin the ones that best fit you and your job. There are also plenty of pins featuring tips and tricks for your resume.

2. Create a board for interview outfit ideas and advice. If you’re not sure what’s appropriate to wear, Pinterest is the perfect place to get ideas. You can also find articles with advice on how to answer hard interview questions.

3. Create a board featuring your job expertise and skills. Especially if you do any design work, Pinterest is a great place to show it off.  If you are not in a design position, here are some other ideas of what to post. Did you set up or coordinate a volunteer event? Post pictures from that event. Did the company you work for win award because of something you did? Share their website (if they featured the award on their website) and talk about it!

Have you used Pinterest to help with your job search? How did you use it effectively?