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FWIX screen shot

Today I am posting about my new internship opportunity with the great folks at FWIX (Feeds with in the Mix ) This is a great opportunity for me to get my foot in the door with a start up company.   I participated in Start up Weekend Detroit and I know how hard it is to start a company from scratch.  So this is providing me insight and input into the creation of this website as well as any questions or concerns I may have

FWIX is a blog aggregator.  So it takes all the best news stories and blogs and puts it on the homepage.  This is great because it is a mix of blogs and sometimes actual news stories.  To do this, Fwix pulls from thousands of sources like Yelp, Twitter, local newspapers, Zvents and now, TicketStumbler.

Ticketstumblr added to Fwix.

Ticketstumblr added to Fwix.

To make things simple.   I am writing about how to use FWIX because sometimes there  is some confusion.   This technology is ever changing and evolving so I asked for them to create neighborhoods.  Since they would like to be your local  news stand.  I contributed to the neighborhood idea.  So you can add me to your neighborhood or visit my page for more clarity then hit add neighbor.

You are probably wondering why you would want to comment twice?  They have a badge which you can add to your blog similar to the one I have on mine.  So this drives traffic to your blog and if it is chosen that day to be on the homepage you will get more traffic.  I am asking the same thing but I think they just want you to add more spice to a centrally located page.

Since there are different users on FWIX then necessarily who your audience is.  You can get more traffic to your blog this way.  Plus, who wants to hear all the doom and gloom.  When you create your own content and their isn’t doom and gloom people in Detroit can see a different side of things.  Which maybe would have been missed.

I encourage everyone to participate.  It is a young company with lots of goals and they even have an Iphone app.  Who doesn’t love an Iphone app? Well other than the people like myself who don’t have a smart phone?

This app is cool because it will be able to tell you where the HOT SPOTS are in the city you are in.  Who wouldn’t want to know where to avoid if you don’t want to deal with crowds or if you want to be in the heart of the city where the cool stuff is going on.  They also have a Blackberry one in the works. Regional news feeds come to your phone! How cool is that?

Iphone app shot!

Iphone app shot!

So do you think this cool? Do you think this is different from what you have seen before?  Could you help me to spread the word on this technology? They are ever changing and if you can help with any ideas where I might be missing then you can just let me know.  They were also featured in Techcrunch and this is what is in Crunchbase!

I prefer to be the leader of change instead of waiting for something to happen! What do you think?  If you are looking for Detroit, scroll down and it is in the bottom right corner to click on Detroit.

Let’s work together to show everyone Detroit is doing good things together! Let’s collaborate and discuss issues which are important to us! Let’s make this great! New beginnings is what everyone is looking for and with this fresh out look let’s create something positive.

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More Job-Search Success Stories
by Kevin Donlin

Kevin Donlin is creator of TheSimpleJobSearch.com. Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 11,000 people. Kevin has been interviewed by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Radio and others. His free report, The Simple Job Search Manifesto, is found at www.TheSimpleJobSearch.com.

Despite the down economy, there are plenty of jobs and internships to be had for anyone willing to work smartly and diligently to meet more hiring authorities.

You can do it the old-fashioned way – networking in person and by phone – or using new social media, like Facebook.

Here are two recent success stories from job seekers who did both, with lessons you can use today …

1) Work the Phone and the Room

“I started my job search in late August 2008 and had a new job on October 13. In addition, I had two other offers and each was $25,000 more than my previous position. I eventually ended up with a $40,000 pay raise. I count my lucky stars every day,” says Christopher Kelly, who now works at Burlington, Mass.-based nSight.

How did Kelly do it? Two ways …

First, he picked up the phone. “I called my top-tier employers before sending any resume. In fact, every interview I received was the result of a proactive phone call.”

Kelly researched employers using sites like MarksGuide.com and LinkedIn.com.

How many calls did Kelly make? “I’m not sure, but my September phone bill was for 3500 minutes,” adding that he used downtime while driving to make as many calls as possible.

Can you make 3500 minutes of phone calls today? No.

This week? Not likely.

But can you spend 35 minutes a day on the phone for 30 days? That’s 3500 minutes. And that’s very doable.

So, are you willing to make 35 minutes of phone calls today, to build relationships with people who can help you get hired? The answer should be yes.

Second, Kelly went to networking events. “The job I landed was the result of attending a mixer sponsored by a local industry association. I met someone who was looking for the exact background I have. I called him 9 a.m. the next day and set up an interview. I had an offer sheet 14 days later,” he says.

How did Kelly connect with this person? “I talked to as many people as possible. One person I spoke to told me he had just met someone looking for someone like me, and that man pointed me to my current employer,” he says.

To sum up, Kelly worked very hard – but for less than two months – to build relationships, by phone and in person, until meeting the manager who hired him.

2) Use Social Media Smartly

When Jamie Favreau, from Warren, Mich., updated her Facebook profile in mid-December 2008, she didn’t know how quickly it would lead to a new position.

“I changed my status on Facebook to ‘Looking to volunteer for a new non-profit,’” she says. That evening, a friend who saw her new status brought Favreau’s name up to a hiring manager, who later called to interview her.

Within three weeks, Favreau was working as an intern for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, doing media relations, social media, and public relations.

Favreau’s job search was simple, and can be boiled down to three key actions …

First, she built her network before she needed it.

The woman who discovered her status change had to first be in her circle of friends on Facebook. So Favreau was smart to build a network of connections on Facebook, in addition to her network on LinkedIn and Twitter.

How’s your network? Could it be bigger and better?

If so, try adding one person per day for one month. That’s 30 new connections – 60 more eyeballs to spot employment opportunities for you.

Second, Favreau used the right keywords, putting the phrase “social media” in the Info section of her Facebook profile.

Keywords are simply the words people search for online. If the phrases describing your ideal job aren’t in your online profiles, employers are less likely to find you.

Tip: Make a master list of keywords found in job postings that appeal to you. Then, include all relevant keywords in your profile on Facebook, ZoomInfo.com, and other sites.

Third, Favreau started working before she was hired.

After researching the needs of her prospective employer, Favreau did something smart. “I created a social network plan and I brought that to the interview.”

What did the hiring mangers think of her bringing a sample of work she hadn’t yet been hired to produce? “Their reaction was, ‘Oh, you know what you’re doing,’ and it was well-received,” says Favreau, who got the internship shortly thereafter.

Both of these successful job searches required thinking, research and diligent effort, something anyone can emulate.

Why not you, starting today?

Kevin Donlin is creator of TheSimpleJobSearch.com. Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 11,000 people. Kevin has been interviewed by USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Radio and others. His free report, The Simple Job Search Manifesto, is found at http://www.TheSimpleJobSearch.com.

Mentioned in Jobsinminneapolis.com

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