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    Happy Holidays!

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    Exams are done, end of term projects are submitted, and hopefully everyone made it to their destinations despite any freezing rain or snowstorms. Hope you have a great holiday and find time to catch up with a few friends and eat a few goodies. Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season and a great start to the New Year from the GoDevMental team!

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    Curious about HTML5?

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    If you are using HTML5, you might want to check out Modernizr, I wrote a blog for the Make Web Not War site about how Modernizr so can help you start using HTML5 features but still support older browsers.

    And if you are doing HTML5 check out our truly awesome HTML5 Canadian coat of arms…I think we need a name for that angry beaver, feel free to suggest one! As our holiday present to you, you can even download the image if you want it (PNG or SVG)!

    cadhtml5coa

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    Wow! Seriously great rewards for publishing a Windows Phone App

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    Publish 1 quality phone app get a Kinect, or 1 TB hard drive, 2 apps could get you a $500 gift voucher or Xbox with Kinect!!!

    Okay exams just ended, if you weren’t sure what to do during Christmas break, you need to check out this awesome promotion! It boils down to this: if you publish a quality app before May 20th, 2012 you can get cool stuff (go to the rewards tab to see your choices). If you publish 2 quality apps you can get even more cool stuff, and it just gets better!

    If you think you can’t build a phone app, guess again, if you can code, you can build an app. Check out some great resources. Or join me on my phone app building journey blog series as I prepare to publish my first app.

    Make efficient use of your time. Develop your app as an entry for imagine cup and/or do it as a project in a programming course.

    What are you waiting for, stop reading, and get coding!

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    Sharing a Student Success Story

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    Just a short note because, aside from an urge to use alliteration, I wanted to share with you a cool success story.

    Microsoft Game Studios just published a new game called Hasta La Muerte by Pohlm Studios. Why did I want to tell you about it? Because Frederic Pedro, from France, created Pohlm studios and I love his story! He was a Game Design finalist in the 2008 Imagine Cup (Ecological Tycoon), and a Microsoft Student Partner from January 2009 to September 2010 and he also mentored a team to first place in game design Geekologics (Brainergy). Pohlm is also a Bizspark startup, if any of you are graduating and thinking of starting your own busines, you should look into the Bizspark program to see if you qualify.

    Now I think I need to find a few great Canadian student stories to share!

    Susan

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    Facebook is fun with friends, but LinkedIn can help you get a job!

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    I know most of you are on Facebook (and hopefully have liked our Facebook page, hint hint). After talking to many technical students in the past few months, I get the feeling many of you don’t see or understand the purpose of LinkedIn. I wanted to make sure you aren’t missing out on a tool that can help you find work.

    Facebook is generally regarded as a tool for keeping in touch with friends near and far, it is also used by companies to share information about promotions and offers. LinkedIn is generally regarded as more business oriented. It has become a tool used by recruiters to find potential employees and a way for professionals to network with other professionals through groups and connections.

    I go to Facebook to make comments on my friends photos, I accept friend requests from people I have met over the years and former classmates.

    I go to LinkedIn to share technical resources, to find out about technical events going on in the community, and to build my professional network. It is interesting how often I will be presenting a topic, and will walk around the room and spot someone perusing my Linked In Profile. Creating a Linked In account and setting up your profile is like creating an online resume. It’s free and easy. There’s a great blog that provides some stats and quotes about how employers use LinkedIn during the hiring process.

    Here are ten tips to help you create a suitable LinkedIn profile in no particular order

    1. DO list your current and past positions in your profile
    2. DO fill out the summary in your profile, treat it as a mini resume that highlights your skillset and experience, put detailed information about past job positions under experience
    3. DO select some core skills in the skills section
    4. If you are bilingual, DO consider creating your profile in both languages
    5. DO set your public profile URL so you can link to your online resume in emails when you apply to jobs
    6. DO keep the tone professional in all your status updates
    7. If you tweet, DO NOT automatically have all your tweets appear as linked in status updates, use a client that allows you to select which tweets go to linked in with a #li hashtag or some other optional selection
    8. DO try to get 3 recommendations from other people on LinkedIn to help you get a 100% profile
    9. DO start building your connections and network
    10. DO join technical and professional groups on LinkedIn to stay connected and informed (I recommend Canadian Technical Students hint, hint, if you ask to connect to me I’ll always say yes if I see you are a member of that group Smile)
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