Over the last several years, the Internet has shifted from a secondary spot to the prime place to post your resume and search for jobs. Though that may differ depending on the industry, overall it’s a transparent trend. That means it’s important to create a resume that includes keywords that potential employers are interested in.

Mktg Ladder Top 100 List That’s where MktgLadder can help. They provide a list of the top 100 words that recruiters are searching for on the web. Remember that though this is a great list to start with you need to actually have the experience to back it up and the context to place it. A random list of keywords added into a resume won’t get you anywhere, and it will only serve to irritate recruiters.

Good luck!

Have you ever thought about an idea or heard something in the news that made you wonder how many people it would affect?  Or maybe you’re thinking about moving and would like to know a little bit about the people in your new home in comparison to where you live now.

ZIPskinny.com Home Page Census.gov has lots of great information, but it takes a few clicks to find anything digestible. That’s where ZIPskinny steps in. On the first screen it asks for a ZIP code.  After that you’ll see a screen with lots of demographics alongside several graphs.  It’s a quick way to get a good feel for the makeup of any ZIP code in the database.

But it gets better. ZIPskinny then allows you to enter multiple ZIP codes and provides a side-by-side analysis of each area’s demographics.  For example in my area I found out that single people are much more common than I thought.  Keep in mind that this data is from the 2000 census.

Happy data mining!

A couple of times every month I usually make some new business contacts outside of the traditional office context.  That means I’m usually writing down their e-mail address on a napkin or other spare piece of paper.  More than I’d like to admit, I either hear them wrong or can’t read parts of my own writing.

Verify E-mail Address Logo If you ever run into the same problem, Verify E-Mail Address may help.  When you enter the e-mail address of someone trying to contact the site pings the server and makes sure that the address is valid. What does that mean for you?  One less bounced e-mail, and the peace of mind knowing that a stranger isn’t receiving your message.

Keep in mind though, that if someone else has that e-mail address registered you’ll still receive a verified message.

Last week I ran into a problem.  I have a computer that’s six months old and looking at my drive properties I discovered that I only have 40% free space left on a 200 GB hard drive.  After clicking through a maze of directories trying to identify where the largest space eaters were for about five minutes I decided to search for a better way.

WinDirStat ScreenshotEventually I discovered WinDirStat. It’s a free utility that scans your hard drive and represents files and folders graphically.  Each folder is represented by a rectangle with smaller rectangles inside it. Each rectangle drawn as one constant gradient represents a single file, and that makes it easy to identify which files and folders are taking up the most space.

WinDirStat allows you to click on each rectangle and zoom in further for more detail.  On the top pane it provides percentages for each file and folder, and there are also some color coding options.

Here’s to keeping your hard drive clean!

Tonight I downloaded the new version of WordPress using the WordPress Automatic Upgrade plugin. That part of the process was a great experience because the plug-in automated the process of backing up core files, locating the most recent upgrade, and linking to the database upgrade script.  The only problem I ran into was a database error when trying to save a post, which was caused by the Google site map generator plug-in. After disabling that plug-in I was able to add new posts normally, but no tags displayed because my theme didn’t use the right function calls. So, next I upgraded my theme to the most recent version and tomorrow I’ll experiment with customizing how tags are displayed.

Next, I wanted to be able to use Windows Live Writer to create my posts and tags from one location so I downloaded a utility from Joe Cheng (a developer on the Windows Live Writer team) that enables this functionality. I should say that before downloading this utility I tried making some Windows registry tweaks without success.

What was your upgrade to WordPress 2.3 like?

Today I discovered something pretty exciting, it’s a company that provides free conference calling. FreeConferenceCall.com runs with a prevalent business practice on the web, providing a free service that will hopefully persuade users to upgrade with additional for-pay features. Nonetheless their free conference calling is a great way to connect with a lot of people quickly and easily, without the investment.

FreeConferenceCall.com When testing the system, the only advertisement I noticed is an opening statement indicating that FreeConferenceCall.com is hosting the call. I was also surprised to learn that they support conference call recordings, and you can download the recording in .wav format.

It looks like some users were abusing the system because they require everyone to reregister every 120 days. If you’d rather have a 1-800 number they also support that for a fee.

If you’re looking a way to connect with a lot of business contacts or friends at once, this is it.

I publish files for a variety of web sites and it can become overwhelming to keep track of which files are up-to-date on the remote server. Surfing the web for a better solution last week I discovered WinSCP. It’s a free FTP client (though donations are welcome) that includes the ability to synchronize files between a local folder and a remote FTP server.

WinSCP That’s a pretty awesome because if you’re anything like me the local folders stay organized but the remote server gets pretty messy. This way it’s as easy as navigating to the relevant folder and choosing synchronize.

Another great feature is the ability to synchronize browsing. That means whenever you browse to a directory locally, the equivalent folder will open remotely.

Here are a list of features from their site:

  • Graphical user interface
  • Translated into several languages
  • Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
  • U3 support
  • All common operations with files
  • Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2 and plain old FTP protocol
  • Batch file scripting and command-line interface
  • Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
  • Integrated text editor
  • Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
  • Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication with SSH
  • Windows Explorer-like and Norton Commander-like interfaces
  • Optionally stores session information
  • Optionally supports standalone operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media

There are several camps when it comes to tags versus folders, and Gmail users are a great example of this. They’ve debated Google’s implementation of labels since their launch. One camp prefers folders because that’s what they’re used to and they may have a meticulously classified document structure in place already. Another camp likes to throw everything into a mixing bowl and perform searches every time to pull out information. Yet a third camp likes to apply labels, or tags to their e-mail and use those tags to create information filters.

Resourceweb One thing all camps can agree on: the goal for all of these methods is to filter information and locate specific pieces of data. My preference is to minimize the amount of administration required to maintain a structure of resources, which I’ll refer to as a resourceweb. To create a low maintenance system I use a combination of search and tagging because each varies in effectiveness depending on a given set of circumstances.

Here are my suggestions on finding files more quickly within your resourceweb. First, become familiar with your operating system’s searching capabilities or install Google Desktop. Next, choose your tagging system. Windows users may want to investigate tag2find, which is free tagging software I’ll review in more detail later. If you’re a Mac OS X user, check out this article on Lifehacker discussing native tagging support.

Finally, the real challenge is to brainstorm what keywords to use. Usually it works well to think of broader categories, especially if they’re words you use in your regular vocabulary, then brainstorm details you might search for later. For example any given file in my music library might have these tags: music, mp3, hiphop. This is already a successful organizational methodology in use by companies like Del.icio.us and Amazon.com, now just think of applying that same efficiency to your resourceweb.

Search usually works well on its own but at times there are too many results. Tagging can help limit search engine scope, and also allows you to browse topics of interest without locking on to the perfect search term.

How do you organize your resourceweb?

Part of being human is to seek interaction with other humans. Usually that means as we move through life we build relationships with a growing number of people. Maybe you use Microsoft’s Outlook or Google’s Gmail to organize your contact information, and maybe you have a separate set of contacts for your professional life and personal life. What happens then if for some reason you need to call a friend from work (maybe a new job opportunity, social event, or emergency)? On the flip side what if you need access to professional contacts when you’re away from the office to move a project or idea forward?

image With that sort of arrangement it’s difficult to pull information from the separated contact management systems. Meet Plaxo. They’re in the business of combining all of those contacts into one manageable interface that’s accessible anywhere.

Beyond that advantage, it acts as a social network that lets all of your contacts update their own information. That way you never lose touch with contacts — unless you choose to.

It also provides some nice features like easy searching, instant messaging, click to call, and integrated mapping.

If you’re looking for a better way to manage your contacts it’s worth checking out, and it’s free.

Today an unusual site caught my attention. Not because it seems immediately useful though there’s potential for that. It’s called MyDrawings and the idea is that everyone shares one canvas that stretches on forever. Just scroll to a blank area and start editing. Note that to edit the canvas, registration is required.

Graffiti Snapshot While at first glance this might seem like a purely whimsical pursuit, I see a new potential avenue for artist advertisement and perhaps eventually a way for illustrators to discover more specifically what draws the human eye.

The canvas works just like Google Maps, with the ability to click and drag to new areas of the “graffiti map”. I can also see this being a source of inspiration for writers looking for a prompt.

On a larger level this electronic canvas captures the diversity of human perception.