Hi happy people of the bookstore. In an attempt to create a more professional atmosphere the management has decided to create a more conservative dress code. However, employee input is desired and welcome. We will have a meeting in one week in which we will give the new rules, have a fashion show, and allow for employee input. Come with an empty stomach because we will provide food from the Hon-Kong Restaurant.
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When creating your own webprofile here are some helpful tips to remember.
1). Professionalism: make sure all of your links work, and everything is punctuated and spelled correctly.
2). Individuality: Your profile should be a reflection of you. Characterize it to fit your unique personality. This would include the layout and information given on the profile.
3). Content: A profile should provide an employer with all the information they may want when looking for a potential employee. Ex. resume, cover letter, examples of writing, awards, pictures, hobbies, interests, professional writings, letters of rec, and anything else you think an employee may want to know about you.
4). Uniformity: your blog should be consistent in all aspects. This point closely relates to professionalism, but it is more critical than general. What I mean is that, if I link to another site to view some information, then you may want to consider using the same color scheme, border, and shading. Little things like this make the profile unique.
Check out some links of some profiles I think are pretty good. Let me know what you think!
Professional Profiles makes profiles for businesses. Check out some of their work.
Patti Branowicki is a cancer patient, she used her profile to draw attention to her cause. She uses a moving story at the begining of her page to grab the readers attention. I found this to be a very good example of how to get some one to read your profile. It is kind of like the United States “shock and awe” tactics used terrify the Iraqi army into submission. I think the most important part of a profile is the first page. Shock and Awe the reader into to submission, and make them read about your boreing self.
When profiling a person there are some important things to consider
1. be curious be very interested in how your person works
2. ask alot of questions to get more detail
3. ask a short question at a time, so they don’t get lost in the questions
4. Never loose site of the story you are creating. Have a point to the questions you are asking.
5. Dont be to intrustive but dont be too diferential.
The tips that we seemed to came up with on our own, when actually writing the profile is that its imporant to have the background infomation of the person. This gives the reader a chance to know what and who you are talking about. Next to make sure you quote the questions and answers so that the information can be shown that it is true and give concrete examples for what the person says.
Over all the most important thing we found in looking at how to write effective profiles is to ask important questions, ask questions that the person will be excited to answer and will give you more infomation, that way you can write your profile with good concrete information and it will be interesting to the reader.
Looking at the many profiles located at Boomerang Box: People Profile Archives there are a few key factors that appear in the profiles that maintain interest. They all provide introductions to the person that raise an interesting question that makes the person intrigueing. The profiles tell what the person does for a living and the basic history of the job in an upbeat, conversational way. Some examples of well written profiles on this site would include those of Alfredo Perez, shipper for Toys ‘R’ Us, and Captain Moore, a ship captain. These profiles don’t use direct qoutes but engage the reader in a way that brings the person’s personality to life. One draw back to the set up of the profiles on this site is the lack of subheadings. Without subheadings it is hard to understand what the profile is about without actually reading it. Otherwise these profiles are very entertaining and easy to read.
What makes a good profile? Well, the first thing you have to take into account is the presentation of your information. You must have an eye-catching title that catches the readers attention and pulls them to your topic. Next, your introduction should be intriguing and cause the reader to continue reading. A boring introduction can cause a person to leave your page in a matter of seconds. While doing all of these, you must keep in mind the people that will be reading your profile. You want to use the appropriate voice and tone for the occasion. For example, we found a profile on Ken Lay that portrayed him as a Christian man that cared about everyone. If you are familiar with business, then you probably know that this was not what he was most famous for during his lifetime. But, given the circumstances of his death, this profile did seem appropriate because his friends and family are the ones that are most likely to be reading up on this profile of their deceased friend or family member. Lastly, you want to include a good conclusion that effectively wraps up the main points you have attempted to get across.