Fun Finds | Pathbrite

Do you wish you could showcase all your awesomeness somewhere on the web without having to design your own website?

Of course you do!

Okay, sorry to start off sounding like an advertisement, my brain isn’t in full writing mode yet (only 1 cup of coffee down). Late last night, while perusing Facebook, an article from Mashable caught my attention.  Specifically it was this article.

Now, I am not a graphic designer / artist / video guru, so I always assumed portfolios in the traditional sense were not really necessary for someone with my skill set / career goals.  But then I read this article about Pathbrite. And wow, were my socks knocked off.

Basically you can categorize your important life experiences/skills into a visually pleasing portfolio that is quite intuitive to use.  I’ve begun mine, however there is probably a lot to learn about how to best utilize this for job search / online presence. Always a lesson waiting to be had….

Anyway, I couldn’t make mine small enough to capture a great screen shot and still include everything, so don’t mind the less than wonderful shot here, but definitely go check my page out to see how easy it is to interact with.  You can simply select the categories on the top to see which of the images is relevant to that section.  They are color-coordinated, so it is super easy.

Either click here to visit my portfolio or click the image below.

As you can see I’ve chosen 4 categories: Travel, Social Media, Work Experience, and Life.  They are obviously not the most inventive of category names, but as this is supposed to be utilized by anyone who comes across it on the web, I wanted it to be logical.  Social media, for instance, simply allows a “reader” to see images of my Pinterest page, my Klout page, Twitter, and my blog — where you are right now :)

Travel has pictures from my study abroad last summer (my new computer doesn’t have pictures on it yet, so I had to utilize their Facebook importer — which, to be honest, needs a little help).  Work experience brings up my resume (PDF, downloadable) and the logos of the companies where I have worked. Lastly, Life showcases my graduation from University of San Diego. Again, a lack of photos and an eagerness to get the portfolio set up resulted in a “rough draft” if you will of my Pathbrite page.

UPDATE: this post was seen by the wonderful people of Pathbrite and they featured my portfolio and blog on their site! check it out at: http://www.pathbrite.com/2012/08/21/portfolio-spotlight-megan-eilers/

 

So now that this is by far one of the longest postings I’ve done in a while, I’ve got one bit of exciting news to share before signing off.

I GOT A JOB!!!!!

At long last (in my mind — I only graduated at the end of May, so I’m ahead of the curve), I am employed. And let me just say, it feels damn good. I will be an associate at Valerie Frederickson & Company, a HR services firm in Silicon Valley. Yay Me!!!

Alright, apologies for the lengthy post. Hope everyone has a great week, and be sure to comment below about Pathbrite. Let me know if you’ve used it, how you like my portfolio, and if you think digital portfolios will bring an end to the hard copy resume in the future?!

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My Musical Cubicle

Hey Bloggers,

So as you may know if you have read my blog before, I am a total music junkie.  I am always keeping my ears open for a good song (mostly because I have music A.D.D and I have troubles listening to a song for more than a minute).  I really love to make mixes due in part to the fact that when I use “shuffle” on my iPod, I tend to end up listening to songs I absolutely hate (yes, I could take these off of my iPod, but that just seems like a lot of work).  So because I have this passion for creating different playlists, I wanted to share my most recent one with all of you (I think it turned out really well).  As a side note, most of my playlists/mixes have a certain “feel” to them, for example, really upbeat songs are usually what I use to work out to, so if a mellow or sad song slips in, the whole mood is ruined for me.  On that note, I’m not entirely sure how to describe the mood that this particular mix evokes, but I will do my best.

The songs in this mix are a combination of alternative and pop songs.  The “feel” of them together creates (for me) the perfect environment for me while I am at work.  I don’t know about you all, but I am allowed to bring my iPod to work (thank goodness), but there are some songs that are just not conducive to working at a computer.  Side note:  I have a good friend, who shall not be named (but you know who you are), who thinks I’m a little bit crazy for saying that there are “computer songs”, “car songs”, “workout songs”, etc….but for me, music has to mesh with what I am doing, otherwise things get ugly! :)

So, bloggers, here is my new favorite playlist for while I am at work (I think it might work for homework as well…which will be starting up again way too soon).  Let me know what you think in the comments (the link is at the top of the post), and as always let me know if you have any new songs (or old) that you would like to share with me. An important side note:  these songs does not fully represent the type of music that I like, I really enjoy a variety, this mix simply flows together well–if you suggest music, please don’t suggest a ton of alternative & pop, I like lots of music! :D

No Sound But the Wind by Editors

Tremble for My Beloved by Collective Soul

Dancing with Myself by Glee Cast

Set the Fire to the Third Bar by Snow Patrol & Martha Wainwright

Speechless by Lady Gaga

Love You ‘Till The End by The Pogues

Secrets by OneRepublic

The Bird and the Worm by Owl City

Don’t Stand So Close to Me by Glee Cast

Paperweight by Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk

Stay by SafetySuit

Bruises by Chairlift

Done All Wrong by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Brown Eyes by Lady Gaga

Go All the Way (into the Twilight) by Perry Farrell

The City is at War by Cobra Starship

Keep Holding On by Glee Cast

Le Disko by Shiny Toy Guns —–I’m not a huge fan of this particular song, but it does go well with the mix

Last Train Home by Ryan Star

She is Love by Parachute

Mercy by OneRepublic

Speeding Cars by Imogen Heap—love love love this song!

Don’t Rain on My Parade by Glee Cast

The Violet Hour by Sea Wolf

So Happy I Could Die by Lady Gaga

**FYI, many of these songs are from soundtracks, including: Twilight, Dear John, P.S. I Love You, Glee, New Moon, & others… (just in case you can’t find them on their own)

Hope everyone likes these songs, I know that for me, working is far more enjoyable when I’m in my “musical cubicle!”

-Megan

Nothing Comes Close to the Golden Coast…

Well Blogging World, it is official, only 9 more days until I head to California to start work at Tiny Prints again.  Well, lucky for me (and I am being serious) I get to make the 9 hour drive all by myself.  Now, this may seem crazy to any sane person, but let me tell you: I LOVE ROAD TRIPS! Of course, it is a lot of fun to go with other people, but after a stressful quarter of classes and the challenge of choosing a different college for next year, I could use 9 hours to just sit and zone (while watching my speedometer of course).  The only reason that this long drive is bearable, and in my mind, enjoyable, is that thanks to the joys of technology, I can make playlists (instead of mix cds or tapes) on my ipod.  Yes bloggers, I will admit, I am that crazy girl driving down the freeway screaming at the top of her lungs in her car (p.s. I suck at singing, so it is best when nobody else is in the car).  I am okay with this, its a great tension reliever!  So, despite the fact that I really should be studying for my last final of sophomore year (I have 13 hours left before the test), I am instead creating playlists of the best road trip songs. So far one song that must be on the playlist–and is the reason for the title of this post–is, “California Gurls” by Katy Perry because it is so incredibly appropriate—I am a California girl through and through, and I absolutely love this song because it reminds me of being home in the sunshine.  I also plan on including some songs by Journey, Taio Cruz, OneRepublic, Carrie Underwood, B.o.B., Glee, and Brad Paisley. My gauge of a successful road trip is how hoarse my voice is when I get to my destination.  As always, I would love to get feedback in the comments. What are your favorite ‘car songs’? Is there any one band/song/genre that you have to (or for that matter cannot) listen to when you are driving? Let me know :)

-Meggers

Here are some of my top picks for the drive (quite a few of them are oldies but goodies!):

Secrets by OneRepublic

Dynamite by Taio Cruz

Undo It by Carrie Underwood

Faithfully by Journey

United State of Pop 2009 (Blame it on the Pop) by DJ Earworm

Inconsolable by Backstreet Boys

It’s Amazing by Jem

Speeding Cars by Imogen Heap

Halo/Walking on Sunshine by Glee

Last Train Home by Ryan Star

California Gurls by Katy Perry

Waka Waka by Shakira

O…Saya by A. R. Rahman & M.I.A (from Slumdog Millionaire)

Cowboy Casanova by Carrie Underwood

Callin’ on Baton Rouge by Garth Brooks

Will it never end?

Photo by: Megan Elizabeth Eilers

So I’m doing homework (and have been for almost 5 hours already!) and I am sick and tired of it, so I decided to post a blog entry to see who else was avoiding homework right along with me (or avoiding anything you know you should be doing)! :D Yes, I really am that bad of a procrastinator (although I do always get my stuff done in the nick of time).  Thankfully, I finished my biology portfolio, but very unfortunately I have yet to read any of the assigned book we have for my history class (Murder in Amsterdam) or write the paper that goes along with it–due tomorrow by noon.  Have you read that book? Any insight? I think instead of starting I may do some laundry or go to the gym, maybe reorganize my closet… oh the possibilities of procrastination.  Amazing Race ended so I don’t even have a show to watch tonight to take me away from homework later. Grrr. Will the homework never end? Will summer ever come, I’m ready for the beach and sunshine (see photo)? Going to work is so much better, I get paid to do stuff… and I enjoy it a whole lot more!

-Meggers

2 letters. 1 FANTASTIC weekend!

Hey Hey Hey!

So I had to share my amazing news, not only did I get my amazing internship back for the summer, but I also got into University of San Diego!  I’m so excited that both of these pieces of news came this weekend, what a fantastic way to end a relatively stressful week!  I don’t know for sure where I am going to be going to school next year, but I know that I will be in my all time favorite place…CALIFORNIA!! Well I have to wake up at 5:30 tomorrow morning to drive back to school, so I am off to bed.  Have a great Monday!

P.S. Check out how gorgeous USD is…I mean who wouldn’t want to go there?!

Summer, Part Deux!

Photo by: Megan Elizabeth Eilers

Okay, so I’m not one to post a million things in one day, but my excitement requires another post.  I GOT MY SUMMER INTERNSHIP BACK!!! I’m so thrilled, I may scream! My internship is at Tiny Prints, the most amazing online stationery company–EVER (seriously, check it out)!  I work in merchandising along with some of the coolest, kindest, and most creative people in the world, and I am super-duper excited to go back for a second summer. (Some of their personalized stationery is below–I love writing letters on it, I feel like a real grown up!)

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