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ABOUT ME
• INSTRUCTOR, SHERIDAN COLLEGE
• JOINT PROGRAM WITH UTM IN THE CCIT PROGRAM
• WEB DESIGN AND CAPSTONE PROJECT
• INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT, WEB WEAPONS
• CLIENTS INCLUDE NPOS, REAL ESTATE, SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT,
FINANCIAL AND POLITICAL SECTORS
• BACHELOR OF COMMERCE IN INFO TECH MGMT., RYERSON UNIVERSITY
• SERIAL WORDCAMPER. WENT TO 7 LAST YEAR AND CROWDSOURCED MY
TOUR THIS YEAR FOR 7 MORE AND HOPING TO DO WORDCAMP MUMBAI
2016.
• CO-ORGANIZER, WORDCAMP HAMILTON AND TORONTO 2015-16
SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 2 JANUARY-25-16
1. OWN YOUR SPACE
• GET YOUR OWN WEBSITE AND DOMAIN
• PLENTY OF OPTIONS FOR FREE OR ALMOST
FREE
• HIGHER CONTROL OF WHAT GOES ON IT
• CENTRAL POINT OF FOCUS, THEN SHARE
OUTWARD
• PRESENTATIONS, RESUME, BLOG POSTS
• LOOKS MORE PROFESSIONAL
• CHANCE TO BE AN EXPERT
JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 3
2. MANAGE YOUR PROFILE
• LINKEDIN SHOWS HIGHER IN SEO THAN
FACEBOOK
• FIRST THING EMPLOYERS LOOK AT WHEN
THEY WANT TO HIRE YOU
• HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD BE OKAY WITH
ME PUTTING YOUR PROFILE ON THE SCREEN
RIGHT NOW?
JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 4
3. LEARN TO CODE
• SCARY, I KNOW!
• TONNES OF RESOURCES AND METHODS
• HTTP://CODECADEMY.COM,
HTTP://UDEMY.COM, HTTP://WORDPRESS.TV
• MARKETABLE SKILLS (HTML, CSS)
JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 5
4. DO YOUR RESEARCH
• LEARN TO LEARN
• SHOCKING I KNOW, BUT YOUR
INSTRUCTORS/PROFESSORS DON’T ALWAYS
KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS EITHER
JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 6
5. ASK FOR HELP
• BIGGEST MISTAKE THAT STUDENTS MAKE:
NOT ASKING FOR HELP
JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 7
QUESTIONS?
TWEET ME:
@SHANTADOTCA
EMAIL:
SHANTA@SHANTA.CA
MY WEB SITE:
HTTP://SHANTA.CA
JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 8
RESOURCES
THESE ARE SOME OF THE ONES WE LOOKED AT DURING THE TALK. EMAIL ME IF I’VE MISSED
SOMETHING SPECIFIC YOU NEED HELP ON!
• CHRIS LEMA – ESPECIALLY FOR ECOMMERCE AND MEMBERSHIP ON WORDPRESS
• MICHELLE SCHULP – THE GOOD CLIENT GUIDE
• WORDPRESS.TV – SEARCH MY NAME
• LEARN.WORDPRESS.COM – MOSTLY FOR WORDPRESS.COM, BUT SKIP TO #5-ISH
• SITEGROUND HOSTING – (STUDENT/FACULTY VERSION)
JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 9

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  • 3. 1. OWN YOUR SPACE • GET YOUR OWN WEBSITE AND DOMAIN • PLENTY OF OPTIONS FOR FREE OR ALMOST FREE • HIGHER CONTROL OF WHAT GOES ON IT • CENTRAL POINT OF FOCUS, THEN SHARE OUTWARD • PRESENTATIONS, RESUME, BLOG POSTS • LOOKS MORE PROFESSIONAL • CHANCE TO BE AN EXPERT JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 3
  • 4. 2. MANAGE YOUR PROFILE • LINKEDIN SHOWS HIGHER IN SEO THAN FACEBOOK • FIRST THING EMPLOYERS LOOK AT WHEN THEY WANT TO HIRE YOU • HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD BE OKAY WITH ME PUTTING YOUR PROFILE ON THE SCREEN RIGHT NOW? JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 4
  • 5. 3. LEARN TO CODE • SCARY, I KNOW! • TONNES OF RESOURCES AND METHODS • HTTP://CODECADEMY.COM, HTTP://UDEMY.COM, HTTP://WORDPRESS.TV • MARKETABLE SKILLS (HTML, CSS) JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 5
  • 6. 4. DO YOUR RESEARCH • LEARN TO LEARN • SHOCKING I KNOW, BUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS/PROFESSORS DON’T ALWAYS KNOW ALL THE ANSWERS EITHER JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 6
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  • 8. QUESTIONS? TWEET ME: @SHANTADOTCA EMAIL: SHANTA@SHANTA.CA MY WEB SITE: HTTP://SHANTA.CA JANUARY-25-16SHANTA R. NATHWANI - HTTP://SHANTA.CA - @SHANTADOTCA 8
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  1. Hoping to get to Pune!
  2. We have to know when we’re in over our heads