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Youth digital media & online civic engagement lead opportunity

The YMCA is seeking a Civic Voice Lead working with teens and young adults around digital media, online civic engagement and leadership development.  The Civic Voice Lead will coordinate all aspects of the PugetSoundOff.org project including the supervision of two AmeriCorps staff who will facilitate workshops and participate in PugetSoundOff.org conversations through blogging and commenting.   Additionally, this position will also support the annual recruitment and selection of 16 young, diverse leaders to the Get Engaged program where they serve one-year terms on City of Seattle Boards and Commissions.  PugetSoundOff.org is a local online hub for youth-led movements and meaningful dialogue with peers and invested adults.  They are currently looking for someone with a passion for digital media, youth development, and wants to take online civic engagement to the next level!  For more information, please visit  this job posting and share with your connections!

Sit down, plug in, change the world – Seattle Give Camp

GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where software developers, designers, and database administrators donate their time to create custom software for non-profit organizations. This custom software could be a new website for the nonprofit organization, a small data-collection application to keep track of members, or an application for the Red Cross that automatically emails a blood donor three months after they’ve donated blood to remind them that they are now eligible to donate again. The only limitation is that the project should be scoped to be able to be completed in a weekend. All activities take place at Microsoft Building 37 in Redmond; developers can go home in the evening or camp out at the event for the week.

Some of our past projects have included:
• Data-collection applications to keep track of members or clients
• Websites to communicate with stakeholders and constituents
• Mobile phone applications
• Mobile websites

GiveCamp is looking for non-profits who would like to be a candidate for participation – you can fill out an online application here by August 12. They are also looking for technical and nontechnical volunteers before, during and after the event, so click here for those opportunities.

Get Online job search tools and resources

The Internet offers many tools that can help you with managing your online job search process.  There are a lot out there, so be selective, look into them and select the one that you think you can stick with.  Some things to consider are whether you can access these sites from anywhere, are they simple to use, and do they offer more of the features you like or want in one place.

Here are some that we’ve found that are free and come recommended by our partners:

LinkedIn.com is the world’s largest professional online networking site, with over 277,000,000 members.  Here you can post your profile information, which includes your past jobs, your photo, and your interest areas both personal and professional.  You can also connect to others through your email accounts and encourage them to endorse your skills, while you endorse theirs.

Becomed.com is a free online tool that you can use to manage your job search.  You can track applications you’ve submitted, store your resume and cover letter templates, and strategize what the next steps in your job search will be.

JibberJobber.com is an online tool to help you manage your job search process and progress.  You can keep track of your contacts, what information you have sent them, interview dates, follow up notes, and tracking people you know working at these companies.  The regular account is free and includes the ability to keep track of up to 500 contacts and 500 companies.

GlassDoor.com not only helps to connect you with the jobs that are available out there, it also provides a listing of over 6 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, office photos and more.

Seattle City Light builds, you save

Participate in City Light’s Community Solar project on Phinney Ridge and enjoy the benefits of clean solar energy. Receive annual City Light energy credits and Washington State incentive payments which result in lower electric bills. Solar units cost $150.  Buy one or several (while supplies last).

Get more info here.

Michael Mattmiller is new chief technology officer

michaelmattmillerMayor Ed Murray has named Michael Mattmiller as Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer.  He came to the City after positions as a senior strategist at Microsoft  and seven years as a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in D.C. He took over from interim CTO Sabra Schneider.

Mattmiller is in charge of Seattle’s Department of Information Technology (DoIT), including
the City’s main data center, Seattle.gov web site, The Seattle Channel, the City’s fiber, data and telephone network, the Public Safety Radio network, cable franchises, Community Technology Program and technology oversight and planning.

See more.

Making online connections for your job search

You probably have a number of people who are willing to share job announcements when they see them.  Have you thought about moving those connections online?  While employers are looking for you, they also want to see who you know and how they may already be connected with you.  They often do this to see if you will be a good “fit” for their employment “family.”  We often spend more time at work than anywhere else, so a good fit is important and one way to see this is through your online connections.

Many people are using LinkedIn.com, to network online.  Here you can post your profile information, which includes past jobs, your photo, and your interest areas both personal and professional.  You can also connect to others through your email accounts and encourage them to endorse your skills, while you endorse theirs.

Here are few extra steps you can take to help you successfully build an online network:

  • Create an email signature with a link to your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or other social media tools you use to connect with others.
  • Build your network by inviting your email contacts to connect with you through LinkedIn, Facebook and/or Twitter.
  • Keep communicating with the connections you make. Networking is a two-way street, both online and offline.

Interested in more tips for making online connections?  Visit http://seattle.gov/getonline for more information and resources for your online job search.

Free coding lessons for women and minorities

Google is offering vouchers to any women and minorities interested in learning how to code, CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt reports.

In a blog post from Gregg Pollack, CEO of the Code School, Google is paying for three free months for any women and minorities interested in tech to expand their skills.

While Google is also offering the same vouchers to the women in attendance at its annual I/O developers conference this week, the search giant has released an online application that’s available to women everywhere. Google says its available vouchers for women number in the “thousands.”

This new initiative comes just days after Google published a diversity report that revealed only 30% of its employees are women, while African-Americans and Hispanics only comprised 1 and 2% of Google’s tech employees, respectively. Google said the current state of its company diversity is “miles from where we want to be.”

Google did say at its I/O keynote, however, that there were twice as many women in attendance compared to last year.

The search giant also recently launched its $50 million “Made With Code” initiative, which aims to help close the gender gap in tech. (That particular enterprise is unrelated to the Code School vouchers.)

Outside of Google, the Labor Department says only 20% of software developers in the U.S. are women, while only 12% of computer science degrees today go to women.

Megan Smith, vice president of Google’s X division, said the company’s initiative to encouraging women in tech is all about “debugging inclusion.”

“We shouldn’t feel guilty about our biases,” Smith said. “We should wake up and do something about them.”

Seattle Public Library to host ‘Supporting Startups and Investing in the Community’ June 12

The Seattle Public Library is hosting a town hall session from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 to explore how the Library can expand its technology, instruction, research and service offerings. The session will be held at the Seattle office of Internet marketing firm Moz, 1100 Second Ave., Suite 500.

The event is free and open to the public and is particularly geared to startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and members of the creative and lifelong learning communities. Please RSVP by Friday, June 6 here.

“Supporting Startups and Investing in the Community” will feature a keynote presentation by Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin, the “Wizard of Moz,” followed by a panel discussion that addresses how the Library and its partners can:

  • Help grow the local economy
  • Help people succeed with new technologies and increase their competitive skills
  • Help people participate in a culture of creativity and meet their learning goals.

The panel will feature City Librarian Marcellus Turner, librarians and members of the Library’s Technology and Access Advisory Committee. Rebecca Lovell, the startup liaison for the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, will facilitate. A Q and A session with the panelists will follow.

One of the Library’s five service priorities is to enhance technology to provide discoverability and increased access to materials, information, services and interactive experiences.

“We know that technology is a key enabler of Library services and is fundamental to achieving the Library’s mission to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives
and build community,” said Turner. “We want to hear from the public to make sure we are providing what patrons need.”

This event is presented in partnership with Moz and The Seattle Public Library Foundation.
For more information, call the Library at (206) 386-4636 or ask a Librarian.

Your Online Presence – Jobs & the Internet

Often referred to as a “digital footprint,” this is a digital record of everything you do online – whether it’s visiting a web site, chatting with friends, posting reviews to restaurants you have visited, uploading pictures and video and even just writing on your friend’s Facebook wall.  Your online presence is your online life.   Take a few moments to review these steps so you can see what’s out there about you.

Search yourself

Open up different search engines (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, etc.) and see what comes up.  Do you recognize the images that come up? Does the info you see reflect who you are, or how you want to be represented?  Is the information outdated?

If you don’t like what you see, there are some steps you can take to delete the information.  Contact your friend who posted that picture of you on Facebook, and ask them to take down or untag the photo.  If you find that your information is popping up on social media sites you used to use, but no longer are active in, close those accounts.  JustDelete.Me is a directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.  It paints a very clear picture of what accounts are easy to remove and which onese are impossible.  Stay on top of your information and understand that it may take a while for your information to disappear from searches.

Protect your online privacy

Don’t share confidential information on your resume, cover letters, email or accounts set up in online job search sites.  These include: date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number, mother’s maiden name, spouse’s name, etc.

  • Create accounts and email addresses for job searching only.  This will help you to stay organized and protect your privacy as well.
  • Create dedicated login names and passwords for job searching sites, different from the ones you have for personal accounts.

Think before you post

  • Once it’s posted, it can be difficult to remove.
  • Don’t post things that you don’t want others to see or know about.  This includes responses to what others post as well.

Learn how to be successful in your online job search at: www.seattle.gov/getonline.

Opportunities for youth groups to visit Seattle’s IT

Would your youth group like to know what it takes to run the cities IT? Learn what education one would need, what work life is like and a lot more.

Your youth will be able to speak with the people who help run our TV Network Station, Network Operation Center, Help Desk, and Emergency operation center.

If you’re interested in having your group come contact Derrick Hall at 206-233-5061.