Monday, March 18, 2013

Read News, Get Out of your Bubble

Read the news every day--good point. You really don't want to have the "deer in the headlights" look when a prospective employer tries to start a pleasant conversation with you about something that's making headlines everywhere except your head.

When you apply for jobs, you really want to know if there's a spin or an angle you can use in your cover letter, or your conversation (or a spin to avoid, for that matter) that will help you stand out in a crowded field.

Besides--reading the news has gotten a heck of a lot more fun over the past decade or so. The Hack College blog I've linked to recommends on source for news that is interesting, quirky, but nevertheless based on solid reporting -- Kicker.

Another fun and dazzling way to consumer news, with apps for both iOS and Android: Flipboard

Digg (both app and online formats) also has a well-curated, eclectic assortment of goodies.

By the way, if you've cobbled together your own newsfeed using Google's RSS reader, you probably know that Google is pulling the plug on their RSS service as of July 2013. I understand that Digg is working to create a new RSS aggregator to pick up the slack; I don't know what it will look like, or what my other options are right now--but be aware of the transition upcoming!

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