This month our participants in the placement process focused a lot on building strong personal brands.
They made awesome pitch videos, created cool side projects, and wrote interesting and valuable blog posts.
Blogging doesn’t seem like it makes a huge difference, but this is the number one thing our Business Partners regularly comment on. They love reading stories of personal interests, hobbies, successes, failures, and more on our participant’s blogs. Having a blog is one of the most powerful ways to document who you are.
It gives people an inside look at who you are as a person. When an employer sees that you’re a genuine human being with personal interests, they’ll relate to you more and will be able to picture working and interacting with you on a daily basis.
Each of our participants creates a blog during the boot camp. That’s how they end up with opportunities like this:
Participant: Taylor King
Business Partner: Media Assembly (NY, NY)
Role: Junior Marketing Associate
Taylor has always been a hustler. In high school, he ran a photography business and a computer repair business. He came to Praxis looking for experience in a bigger company where he could hone his sales and marketing skills.
Now, he’s working with Media Assembly where he’s taking ownership of the implementation and analysis of paid social media campaigns.
Participant: William Nava
Business Partner: Marginal Revolution University (Arlington, VA)
Role: Marketing and Operations Associate
William has a strong passion for freedom and libertarian philosophy. He created Push The Button, a one-stop resource for private solutions to public goods that are provided by the government.
MRU is the perfect fit for him. He’ll be involved in multiple aspects of the organization including content creation, event coordination, social media management, and helping out with general operations/systems.
Participant: Cassius Carvalho
Business Partner: Metadata (San Francisco, CA)
Role: Sales Development Representative
Cassius entered the program with a strong desire to learn sales. He didn’t have any experience, but he used the boot camp to build his personal brand around that desire. He built a website, read books, created videos, and wrote this article which eventually landed him multiple sales offers.
Now he’s going to be helping to build the sales process at Metadata in San Francisco.
As always, feel free to check out last month’s placement update. See you next month for another round of new placements!