Elizabeth Richmond of Oasis Training in Plymouth discusses how she has encouraged her clients to use SkyDrive to store, access and send their CVs, as well as other documents, safely and effectively.
Tell us a bit about yourself. (Your job, organisation, and your technical ability!)
As well as being the Community Education Coordinator, I run the Oasis Training Job Club (aka Work Club) to help job seekers find work, training, develop their employability chances and increase personal confidence. I also lecture in English and ICT, and propagate the benefits of e-learning as being a rich resource for personal development.
Why did you look for this tool in the first place? What did you need help with?
Funding issues are a continual problem, even for something as small as providing Job Club attendees with a USB memory pen to hold their CVs and letters. Therefore, when people create a CV and an email account (if they don't already have one) I show them how they can save their CV to SkyDrive, a 'cloud storage system' where they can access all their files.
How did you find out about the tool?
I have known about this tool for some time, and use it myself. I think I heard it from 'word of mouth' in the local University.
What is this tool mainly used for?
My clients are able to store their CVs and other documents and access them easily. This is particularly useful for some people who do not have home computers, so they can come in to me or use our free internet cafe, or go to their local library, where they can access computers, and through Sky Drive have their own virtual storage area.
What do YOU use it for?
I use it for storage of files.
What have been the benefits of using this tool?
For my clients, having a virtual storage area for their CVs and letters of application is really useful, especially when they do not have USB data storage devices and/or their own computer.
Is there any cost attached to using this tool?
No - it's free! :-)
Are there any online tutorials available?
The SkyDrive website provides clear information on how to use this tool; you can also search for a video tutorial on youtube there are a few.
Did this tool need much of your or a colleague’s time to set up at the beginning?
None at all. The only time required is when showing clients how to use it, but once they see the benefits it's well worthwhile.
Are there any limitations to using this tool?
Do you have any top tips for using this tool?
Not really, as using it is really simple anyway, but it is great because you can access files, photos, videos and music files from anywhere in the world, from any internet-connected computer.
Do you have any other recommendations of digital tools you use, and what you use them for?
I use Twitter and would highly recommend it. I don't use it for social networking, but professional networking; through it I am connected to hundreds of academics, lecturers and other professionals and it offers a wealth of resources and information.