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We are no strangers to volunteering. After all, how do you think I got started building websites?

Fast Company posted Volunteering Will Save Your Career (Or Put You In A New One) today. The article discusses how companies are starting to value and highlight volunteering experience in addition to professional experience.

If you just left college, been on the job market for a while, or looking for a new career, volunteering may just provide that spring board into your next opportunity.

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It’s not often that I pull the angry auntie, or tia card (depends who you are talking to.)

This all started a long time ago, when women weren’t allowed to do certain things.

Fast forward to today.

At the recent #140edu conference in New York City, Lynn Langit (@llangit) – co-founder of Teaching Kids Programming was told as a young woman,

“Oh honey, girls don’t do math.”

The kettle was getting warm.

Then later in the week, Webgrrls posted about how one of the reasons girls and young women don’t go into technology  is that it can limit their dating potential.

The kettle was boiling.

Finally, JCPenny was selling these “I’m too pretty to do Homework T-shirt  and “My Best Subjects” to little girls.

These definitely caused the kettle to blow!

The power of the Internet did save the day and the retailer, decided to stop selling the Homework T-shirt.

With September being Women of Achievement Month, we should look to examples of women how have paved the way like Ada Lovelace , Sophia Germain and countless others. I hope that we can point to more pioneering women who are continuing to lead the way.

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Being based on the East coast, if I wasn’t able to use mobile text messaging over this past week with everything that went down, I don’t know what I would have done. The Fast Company article, Text Messages Aren’t Enough When Natural Disaster Strikes explores how social media has become a part of communications during a disaster.

Speaking of texting, Blackberry is still “in the hotseat” in its role in the riots. How Blackberry, not Twitter fueled the London riots
http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/08/08/how-blackberry-not-twitter-fuelled-the-fire-under-londons-riots/

To end on a lighter note. All Things D has a cartoon strip called “Don’t Shoot the Messenger.” One you read the post, you’ll understand.

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Tory Johnson of Women for Hire and frequent Good Morning America contributor “hit it” right on the head.

Like it or not, Social Media is here to stay and Facebook (with Google Plus accelerating) is leading the pack. As we said earlier, more recruiters are using Facebook & other social media to look for candidates. 

Are you up to date with social media, as it is becoming more of a skillset rather than just a ‘passing thing’?

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