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How to sell yourself in your resume? (sixth post) 如何在你的简历中推销自己?

三月,每年都是申请暑期和秋季实习的热季,这个时候各个大公司的HR都要忙翻了天,开始接收来自各地的不同简历,那么,如何才能从众多的简历中让自己脱颖而出呢?今天,就让小咔同学从PR的角度来跟大家分享一下Resume的小Tips吧。

From Resumebear.com

March is always the busy season of internship application for summer and fall. HR managers receive snowflakes-like resumes from all over the country. How would you like yours stand out from others? Today, Color is going to share some tips of resume from PR perspective.

为什么要实习?想要一张白纸简历的人可以直接跳过本文了。中美教育的最大不同之一就是美国一直在强调一个人的实际能力,而不是考试能力。一个人的品质,性格,领导力和组织能力往往更能体现一个人的价值。而如何才能让别人看到你的实际价值呢?用一次接一次的实习经历打开这扇门吧。除此之外,对于自身来讲,实习是让你看到自我的一个重要机会。不同工作场所的实习让自己看到自己对不同环境的适应程度,从而了解自己将来想要发展的方向。

Why we need internship? A person who would like a blank paper as resume could skip the following part, you don’t have to waste time on this. Other fellows, the experience of studying abroad elaborates to us that one of the huge differences between educational theory of China and US is the latter focuses more on a person’s actual ability. Hence, you would better show yourself from your various working experience. Besides that, internship is a good chance for you to review yourself. Different experiences in different workplace review your adaptive situation therefore find out what kind of environment fit you best.

最优秀的促销是自我促销。来自中国这样一个注重谦虚文化的国邦,我们总觉得自大有罪。但是美国的文化会要求你偶尔适当地自大一些,才能更好的展示自我。那么如何才能把自己的简历整理成一个完整的包裹然后递送给你的申请公司呢?

The best promotion in the marketing world is self-promotion. Coming from a country like China, we always treat modest as one of the best qualities that people can have. Nevertheless, competitive American culture requires you to be more confidence to show yourself. So, how can we systemize our resumes, package us as ideal products and deliver ourselves to HR managers?

  1. 列出你的背景,教育,实习,研究,活动,工作。然后看看哪些是你的雇主所希望看到的。
  2. 头脑风暴找出自己的长处和技能。不但要让潜在雇主看到你能做什么,而且要看到你做的有多好,为什么这个很重要,你能给公司带来怎样的成绩。
  3. 说出来和卖出去。你不但想要雇主看到你在说“快看我”,更要让他们看到“看看我能为你做什么!”
  4. 运用一些具体的细节来突出你的能力
  5. 不要只说你的经历,也表现你的其他特点,比如你重要的品质,你的责任心,公司不是单单在招一个工作机器,而是在招一个co-worker.
  6. 不要一直强调第一人称,大家都知道这是你的简历。
  • list your background. your education, internship, research experience, campus activity and work. check which of them will be seen as benefit from employer.
  • Brain Storm your advantage and skills, not just let your potential employer see what you can do, but also how well you have done, why it matters, and what kind of achievement you can bring for the company.
  • Telling it and Selling it. You are not just want to say “Look at me”, but also want to let them see “what I can do for you”
  • Using some specific details to show your ability. Some numbers, outcomes and achievement will impress your HR manager and make your resume looks reliable.
  • Don’t just list facts of your life, show other characters of yourself, like your personality, your important quality and your responsibility. Remember, company is not just looking for a working machine, they are looking for a co-worker here.
  • Don’t always emphasized that the first person, everyone knows that this is your resume.

应该选择怎样的格式呢?

What kind of FORMAT will be helpful for you resume?

根据dummies.com的分类,在Resume的写作中,一共有以下几种格式:

逆序式:从最近的工作和教育经验写起。

功能式:列出你能做的而不是你曾经做过的。

综合式:以上两种方式的综合。

According to the classification of dummies. Com, in resume writing, there are a total of the following formats:

  • Reverse chronological: Lists all employment and education, beginning with the most recent and working backward.
  • Functional (skills-based): Shows what you can do instead of relaying what you’ve done and where you did it.
  • Hybrid (combination): A combination of both the reverse chronological and functional resume formats.
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    From Dummies.com

    Read more: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-choose-your-best-resume-format.html#ixzz1GJPqJVrz

    A link that might be helpful here.

    Dummies.com

    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/business-careers/careers/Resumes/Resume-Basics.html

    Three Things You Need to Know About Groundswell (Fifth Post)三件关于网络营销不得不说的事儿

    最近和一个朋友聊天,聊起来网络营销的事儿,朋友表示病毒传播不可取

    聊起来PR这个专业,朋友表示只能想到黑丝美腿

    最终本咔表示很无奈,决定还是写一点儿东西为PR和网络营销正正名

    网络营销说到底也不过是一种市场运作方式,而且不知道比广告有效多少倍。我们平日里不知不觉地也在成为网络营销中的一份子

    譬如学生会对于活动的推广,Kent CSSA的论坛,公共主页,QQ群,都可以被视作网络营销。

    Recently has a casual chat with a friend. While we talking about the online marketing, he was thinking about online spam.

    While I talking about PR major, all he can think about is high heels and long legs.

    I showed my disappointing and decide to write something for my major and online marketing.

    Online marketing is nothing but a marketing way, a more effective one than ad. We are potentially be a part of online marketing or groundswell in our daily online activities.

    For example, how CSSA promote their activity, how they run public page and manage QQ chatting group, these online activities are all considered as groundswell strategies.

    QQ group talking page

    1. 网络营销阵地

    Groundswell technologies

    网络是集合公共意见的地方,什么地方能够聚集公共意见,大家已经众所周知了,我认为并没有必要再做赘诉,但是以防万一,在此还是对于网络营销和意见整合的领域做一个简单的介绍。网络营销的阵地包括博客,维基,书签网站,社交网络,论坛,评分系统,评论系统,RSS订阅以及一些常见的窗口小工具。

    Internet is place gathering public opinions. It is well-known that in which place people share ideas and opinions. Here, I will simply introduce the groundswell technologies. Introduced by the authors of Groundswell, “Groundswell technologies” includes such as blogs, wikis, bookmarking and tagging sites, social networks, forums, ratings, reviews, RSS feeds, and widgets.

    2. 用户分类

    Social Technographic Profile

    Charlene Li和Josh Bernoff 将网络用户的分类法则介绍给我们,通过甄别你的目标市场里不同的用户特性,以此来帮助任何组织选择正确的营销团体和方式。

    用户分类包括Creators, Critics, Collectors, Joiners, Spectators, Inactives, 以及近年出现的conversationlists.

    • Creators致力于创造新的在线内容,他们经常性地使用博客,维护一个独立网站,或者上传音频视频。
    • Critics 对他人的在线内容进行回应,譬如回帖,使用评分系统,或者编辑维基词条。
    • Collectors 使用收藏夹和书签,在线订阅收集和整合信息,从侧面讲,是对Creators和Critics的肯定。
    • Joiners 使用社交网站维持一个基本的存在状态。
    • Spectators 是只读不写的在线受众,就是我们常说的潜水。潜水者是一个巨大的人群,在米国的在线受众中占据了将近二分之一的比重。
    • Inactives 不被网络营销所影响的人群
    • Conversationlists 在线进行信息交流的用户,譬如QQ群。

    作为组织来讲,在进行市场营销策划的过程中,首当其冲应该找到在你的用户人群中,什么特性的用户占了什么样的比重,你的目标受众都在使用怎样的软件和网站,从而决定用什么样的网络营销工具来进行宣传和意见整合。此外,如何激发inactives和Spectators也是一个可以有很大发挥空间的话题。

    Kent CSSA renren page

    Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff introduce an interesting data tool called the “Social Technographic Profile”. By showing how you can use this metric to understand what percentage of online audience in your market, it will be hopefully helpful for organization to choose the right group and right method to conduct groundswell.

    The social technograohic profile includes Creators, Critics, Collectors, Joiners, Spectators, Inactives, and of course the newly added, conversationlists.

    • Creators dedicate on producing new online content, they post new articles on blog, maintain an independent website, or upload video and podcast.
    • Critics react to others online content, like post a comments, use the grading and reviewing system, or editing wiki.
    • Collectors use bookmarking and RSS feeder to collect and integrate information. To some point, they complete the works of creators and critics.
    • Joiners use social network website and maintain basic profiles.
    • Spectators, all they do is merely reading. They do not react or create to the online content. The specific number of percentage of spectators among US online audience is 48%, almost half audience remains a spectators statue.
    • Inactives, they are non-participating for online conversations.
    • Conversationlists, people share idea and information with online chatting. Like QQ group.

    The real value for the organization to use this classification is to help you locating your audience’s characters in your target market, find out what they are using now, and therefore will help make decision on what kind of online promoting tools to conduct groundswell and public opinions monitoring. Besides, how to active inactives and spectators is another topic we could go deeper.

    3. 确定网络营销的目标

    Establish your objective of groundswell

    网络营销不是打酱油,确立目标是关键一步。

    Groundswell一书提出了五种目标:

    第一,了解受众需求。知道你的受众的活跃区域是那里,通过不同在线网站和软件的意见整合,了解你的目标受众,现在需要什么,关注什么,并且据此发现自身问题,调整产品改善服务。

    第二,进行受众沟通。通过网络营销的工具,我们可以参与到受众的讨论中来,与受众的直接沟通往往会对组织的形象有直接的影响作用。

    第三,激发受众兴趣。如果已经建立起一定的忠诚度,那么就鼓励和促进你的忠实粉丝进行在线意见表达。比起广告效果,人们更倾向于朋友推荐,这是不争的事实,没有任何广告对你的影响效果能比得上身边朋友的一句推荐。

    第四,促进受众群体形成。受众是具有粘合性的,他们会自觉的组成小团体,而你要做的就是保持这种团体的粘合性,并且不断扩大。

    第五,促进自身发展。当有一天你的新产品是由受众所决定的,那你就达到了网络营销的终极目标。并不是你的新产品要得到受众的认可,而是受众的呼声决定了你的推陈出新。这是五种网络营销目标中最难达成的一个,让你的用户参与到组织结构的决策中来,取其Idea为我所用,才是groundswell最理想的状态。

    需要注意的是,五个目标并非递进关系,而是基本处于一个平行状态,你的网络营销策略可能或多或少地取得了某些成就,但是并不代表你已经成功地达到了上一级的目标。

    Online marketing needs walk your talk, you need to establish your goal first to help you achieve it.

    There are 5 goals mentioned by the book Groundswell.

    1. Listening: First you need to know where is your targeted audience group, what kind of tools and websites they are using, what’s they opinion. By integrating public opinion, understand what they need and focus for now, and find wealthy ideas that can help you improve your products and enhance your services.
    2. Talking: By using the groundswell technologies, we could have the chance to join the conversation. The direct communication with audience will have direct impact on organization’s image.
    3. Energizing: If you already build a loyal audience base, then find a way to enable and encourage your audience to express online. Comparing with ad, people tend to accept suggestions from friends. Word of mouth recommendations and advice from your audiences can go a lot further than anything you do on your own.
    4. Supporting: Adhesiveness is building audience group. People naturally have the tendency to gather together when they have something in common. What we need to do it to maintain and improve this group.
    5. Embracing: When one day, your audience is helping you with products, you are achieving the final goal of groundswell. It is not like you need reorganization from your audience, but what you did is to meet the demand from your audience. This is probably the hardest goal among total five. Find ways to use the groundswell to involve your customers in your decision-making processes, and implement their best ideas as quickly as you can.

    One thing needs to pay attention is comparing to going forward one by one, the above five goals are more likely parallel. The achievement your online strategy accomplished for now does not necessarily mean your accomplishment to one or two goals.

    More Information could be found on the author’s blog.

    http://forrester.typepad.com/groundswell/

    When Mr. Cold Brings Mr. Cold! (Fourth Post) 后冬天时代,谨防感冒

    Help me to relieve my throat pain....

    This one makes me sleepy all the time....

    最后还是不抵感冒而倒下了。因为担心是Flu还专门去校医院做了一个流感测试(很难过的测试。。>_<)

    幸好没得。

    Finally have to being sick once for this winter and have a Flu test to eliminate my concern. (It’s a terrible test… >_<)

    Glad I don’t have flu….

    都怪上周乍暖还寒的错觉,让我以为春天要到了,熬了很久冬天的自己,一下子没收的住狂躁的心,第二天早晨醒来,嗓子开始疼,随之而来的是咳嗽和流鼻涕等症状。

    Contributing to the spring illusion in last week, I naively thought spring is coming. After expecting it for such a long winter, I probably was too exciting, and turns out with sore throat in the very next day.

    Eura很激动,Color你一定要听我的,赶紧去做个Flu Test, 我当年就是耽误了48小时治疗期,然后才一拖很久…………

    Eura is more exciting than me, “Color, you have to listen to me, go to have a flu test now” she said, “I was in your position and wasted my time for best treatment within 48 hours, and make it a serious one later.”

    Okay. Let’s go.

    University of Health Service at Kent State University is located in the DeWeese building on Eastway Drive.
    24 hours nurse line. 330-672-2326
    Making an appointment to see doctor: (330) 672-2322

    常用的看病小短语

    A little English and Chinese Corner

    • symptoms               症状
    • Headache,drowsy, dizzy,fatigue,         头疼,瞌睡,头晕,疲乏
    • nausea, vomit        反胃,呕吐
    • fever and chills. low-grade fever    发烧,发冷, 低烧
    • phlegm, sputum, cough,sore throat , scratchy throat    痰,咳嗽,嗓子疼
    • aching muscles  肌肉酸疼
    • a stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing  鼻塞,流鼻涕,大喷嚏
    • Loss of voice  失声
    • Watering eye  流泪

    普通感冒和流感的区别

    The difference between common cold and flu

    Cold symptoms start slowly. Flu symptoms are more sudden and include higher fever, major aches, chills, sweats, weakness, possible severe sore throat, cough, and chest discomfort.

    感冒症状开始比较慢,而流感一般来的急,症状包括高烧,身体疼痛,发冷出汗,虚弱,嗓子疼痛,咳嗽和胸部不适。

    —-Information from Health Center Care Provider

    最有效的鉴别方式是直接去校医院做一个流感测试,花费25美金。

    The most effective way to distinguish whether you have cold or flu is to have a flu test in Health Center, cost 25 bucks.

    预防方法

    Preventive Measures

    • 前2-4天,尽量避免和他人接触以防止病毒传播。
    • To prevent spreading a cold to others, avoid contact during the contagious phase(first 2-4 days)
    • 勤洗手,尤其是擦过鼻鼻或者吃东西之前
    • Wash hands often, especially after blowing your nose or before  handing food.
    • 避免到拥挤处,尤其是冬天
    • Avoid crowded places when possible, especially during the winter
    • 营养均衡,健康饮食,多补充维生素C. 偶现在就天天喝柠檬水
    • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Enough Vitamin C supplement. Have Lemon water!

    诊断和治疗

    Diagnosis & Treatment

    自我恢复是最管用的,其他的药物都效果不明显

    Self -care and time is usually all that is needed for a cold. There is no cure for cold.

    其他的可以帮助自我恢复的小建议包括:非处方的缓解性药物,足够的睡眠,多喝水

    Other suggestions that could help with recovering includes: Nonprescription cold preparations, getting extra rest, drinking plenty of fluids…

    药物建议

    Medication Suggestions

    • 抗生素是没用的,如果你一周过后没有缓解反而症状加重的话,可以开始使用抗生素,但是之前,尽量用你自身的抵抗力来对抗感冒
    • Don’t use antibiotics for normal cold. It is useless. Antibiotics could be used only after you did not feel any better after one week. Before that, let your own body’s defenses fight off the germs.
    • 为了减轻感冒症状,可以使用一些非处方缓解症状的药物,譬如acetaminophen, decongestants, nose drops or sprays, cough remedies, and throat lozenges.
    • 最好使用那些对某一症状有作用的药物,譬如runny nose, 而不要使用针对多种症状的药物
    • If use drugs, use product works for one symptom, such as a runny nose, rather than a multi-symptom product.

    常用非处方对抗感冒药物

    OTC Cough and Cold

    Source: Coming from My Doctor…

     

     

    Managing your relationship- Third Post

    情人节快乐! 

    From: http://www.dajs.gov.cn/index.html

    元宵(sweet dumplings)- traditional food in Lantern's Festival

    元宵节快乐!

    Happy Valentine’s Day, nerds!

    Besides, happy Chinese Lantern Festival!

    我在肯特见识过了各种各样的人才,以及各种各样的生活态度。这不是一个复杂的生活环境,却装满了各种各样复杂的人物关系。星座书说摩羯座今年会变感情咨询师,有时候和各种各样的人聊起这里的生活的时候,有时还真有这种错觉。

    生活在一个全新的环境,当爱情,友情,亲情全线位移,生活的地点180度的旋转,但是生活的态度却仍要坚守在一个坐标。

    I have seen a lot different kinds of people here and a lot different attitudes of living abroad. This is not a complicated environment but fulfill with complicated relationship. Horoscope book says that Capricornus this year is playing a consultant role, and I do feel that way sometimes. 

    From XinhuaNET

    Lantern Exhibition

    Living in a total new environment, while there you have to replace your whole relationships including love, friendship and kinship, but the only thing you do not want to replace is your attitude towards them.

    爱情 Love

    很多人在坚持一场异地恋,很多人被异地恋打败,生活是一场演出,却演不出人心的苦辣酸甜。我是异地恋的失败者,但是我由衷地佩服那些能坚持到底,至少是坚持到现在的人。

    时间是谋杀一段感情的凶手,距离也是.当你们之间的共同话题越来越少,当你们看到的未来越来越模糊,你怎么维护这段爱情?有时候正是因为把感情看得太过认真,所以犹豫太多,迟疑太久,然后不知该如面对支离破碎的感情。

    朋友说了一句话给我听,有时候,我们总在想前面有多少困难,多少辛苦,于是在这些困难还没到来的时候就把自己吓退,可是如果我们真心想要在一起,就会去想想怎么样克服这些困难,怎么样在一起。另一对坚持了很久的异地恋情,也常常吵架缠身,但是她说,不管怎样生气,在道别的时候都要对对方说“我爱你”。

    我们的爱情,就是要被这些小小的真心连在一起,然后才能看到一个闪亮的未来。所以,请不要吝惜你对爱的表达。

    Long distance relationship, I never see so much long distance relationship in my life. Sometimes you win, but most time you lose. Life is a show, but cannot perform your heart. I am a loser of long distance, but I do admire those ones who still hanging there, at least hanging for now.

    Time is a murder for killing a relationship, so is distance. While the topics for sharing are getting less and less, while future is getting blurrier and blurrier, how can you find a way to maintain your feeling for each other? Most time, we just treat it too serious, so we hesitate too much and too long, and convince ourselves to give up this hopeless feeling.

    I question myself, and maybe get an answer by chatting with a friend. He is saying based on his own experience, “We are always thinking about how many difficulties we are going to encounter, how long we have to hanging there, and scare ourselves away even before we actually face them. But if I want to be with this person, I would like to think about how to conquer tribulation and be together.” Another girl who lasting for a long time LDR said that, the quarrel is unavoidable, but no matter how mad they were during the quarrel, they made a rule to tell each other “I love you” before farewell.

    Our love, it connected by these tiny heartfelt expressions and indicates a shinning future. So, do not hesitate for your expression of love to those person you truly love.

    Facebook Self-expression ad campaign, tell them how you feel, and you won’t regret it.

    友情 Friendship

    爱情如水,友情如山。在异地的生活里,总是这群人一直在给你打气,他们可能在你身边,也可能远在重洋之外,但是却永远都是你的后援和支撑,陪着你走过艰难的时光。你们在彼此的身上折射出了梦想的形状,分享了快乐的时光。不要一味的呆在家里,多交朋友吧,只有打开你的门,才能让别人走进你的世界。

    Love is to water as friendship is to mountain. While living abroad, they are the bunch of people always be there for you whether they are in Kent or far away from ocean. No matter what, they are support and back you up for your every difficult time. You are reflecting the shape of dream from each other, and cherishing the happy moment with each other. Do not stay at your room like forever. Leaving your dorm and making friends. Opening your door is the only way to let others enter your world.

    Sheldon, the friendship algorithm. Big Bang Theory

    亲情 Family

    他们是最牵挂你的人,千山万水走遍,只有你的家人永远守着一方水土,等着你归来的佳期。这是一个touching topic,是心底最柔软的地方,更是所有海外学子躲不开的硬伤。

    第一个不在他们身边的春节,中秋节,元宵节,第一个没有他们陪着你的生日,第一次背井离乡的流浪感,第一个在深夜里惊醒时恍若一梦的慌乱。感谢生活给我们的坚强,让我们成为他们的自豪。

    每逢佳节倍思亲,有空打电话回去,聊聊彼此生活,向父母报个平安。有时候,距离让我们更亲近。

    They are ones who care you most. No matter how far you go, parents are the only person who will stay in that forever point and waiting for you. This is the softest place in your heart and a wound you can never get rid of.

    Since being here, you have the first Mid-autumn Festival without them, and the coming Spring Festival and Lantern’s Festival. You also have the first birthday without them, and firstly experience the loneliness while you suddenly awake in the midnight. All we can do is thanking for the courage bestowed by life that making us the pride of families.

    Thanks for the technology, we can talk and look them without being there. Talk to them, because they are experiencing the same miss just like you. Sometimes, distance can close our relationship.

    腾讯春晚广告,我不知道腾讯砸了多少人民币在这短短的两分钟,但是这是一个十分成功的广告营销。

    “This advertisement by Tencent was broadcasted during the  Spring Festival Gala, which is one of the most expensive air times on Chinese television. The familiar story is something a lot of Chinese families go through and has moved thousands of overseas Chinese students to tears.” — TNW Asia

    Wanna get a car now? (中英文版)

    From dreamstime.com

    From dreamstime.com


    As we all know, America is a country on the wheels, and without a vehicle, life here can be rough. Without having a car, how can you broaden and enrich your life via such activities as going out for internship or work?

    When the spring is around the corner, it is the best time to purchase a car. Considering that lack of money and uncertainty of future are the two crucial problems for international students, the initial choice is to purchase used cars, which is going to be the main topic of this article.

    众所周知,美国是一个车轮上的国家,在这里生活学习工作,没有车是万万不能的,当一个人的行动受限,你还如何扩展和充实自己的生活?

    眼下又要到了开春的时节,买车之事当务之急。

    作为留学生,未来未卜,预算紧张,二手车往往是我们的首要选择,本文将重点介绍二手车市场。

    When to buy?

    什么时候买车?

    From Dreamstime.com

    In my opinion, it is the best time to buy a car right now instead of the conventional idea of buying a car after spring. I have three reasons for this opinion:

    First, your car has to face the long winter in Ohio. Hence, it is important to make sure your car has good condition during the snowy day. So, while you purchasing a car, why not test the performance in snowy day?

    Second, as I have observed, the price of most cars decreases except SUVs and trucks during winter.

    Third, as an old saying that time is treasure, waiting a long-lasting freezing winter does not deserve. At present, semester having begun, winter being ending, and the price having not increased yet, buying a car right now can keep you away from the rush hour of purchasing a car.

    很多人都说开了春再买车,可是从个人观点来看,现在才是买车的最好时间。

    一来,Ohio的冬天是你的爱车必然要遭遇的事情,所以更应该在买车的时候就测试出车子在雪地上行驶的性能如何。

    二来,据我观察,SUV和卡车冬天会涨价,但是其他的车子冬天会相对降价。

    三来,很多人等啊等啊,就是为了等到春天再买车,可是把寒冷的日子都冻过去了,何苦来着。现在冬天将过,车价还没有回升,开学也有一阵子了,避过了买车的高峰时节,该下手就下手吧。

    How & where to buy?

    怎样和上哪儿买车?

    How to buy a car depends on lots of factors, and the very first thing you need to do is to choose the brand and age of car according to your budget. This kind of information is all over the professional websites like KBB, which is informative for buying a used car. This kind of websites has two functions: 1) estimate the price of the used cars; 2) find out the dealer near to your location.

    There also some other websites of this kind such as Cars.com, Autotrader.com, Edmunds.comCarsdirect.com

    看车子的地方很多,首先根据自己的预算决定买什么年纪的车子。这种信息可以在KBB上查询,这个网站比较专业,二手车信息比较全.这类网站一般有两个作用,一个是估算旧车的价格,另一个是查询附近的dealer.

    类似的网站还有Cars.comAutotrader.comEdmunds.comCarsdirect.com

    From Craigslist.com

    From Craigslist.com

    Without considering about having no information page of Kent, Craigslist is another good alternation. However, you still can find information under the Akron/Canton and Youngstown from both dealers and individual owners.

    BE CAUTIOUS with Fraud on Craigslist!

    The advantage of dealing with owner is that you don’t have to pay the extra money for foxy dealer, but if you are not the expert, probably you need to bring one as your accompany when you go to test the car. Otherwise, go to dealer.

    Craigslist也是一个不错的选择,但是没有Kent,大家可以在Akron/Canton和Youngstown附近寻找,这里不但有dealer的信息,还有个人放上来的Owner信息。碰到个人买卖的要持谨慎心态,不该收的支票不要收,不该寄的支票也不要寄。我反正是见识过两次这种事儿了。向Owner买车最大的好处是避过了狡猾的dealer,具有很大的价格优势,但是自己如果不懂车,最好有懂车的朋友协同前往,才能看出车子的优劣,不然还是乖乖找dealer去吧。

    If you find the car you want, you should begin to focus on the paperwork, especially the Carfax. Carfax is a kind of file of car including all kinds of records such as transaction and accidents information. Usually, dealer will provide Carfax files, which sometimes do not show the whole information, though. If you buy a car directly from an owner, you need to order a Carfax by yourself. Just make sure the information such as accident, insurance and the number of transitions.

    From Carfax.com

    From Carfax.com

    Carfax is not free, and each will cost $34.99. But if you buy five once, it will just takes you $45.99 totally. You can keep the Carfax account for several months. I have some if you need, leave me a message.

    遇到了中意的车子就要开始做功课了,去Carfax查车子记录是很重要的。Carfax就是车子的记录。从保养到倒卖,车祸等等,几乎所有的信息都在上面。一般来说,如果去dealer那儿买车,会自带Carfax记录,但是有同学反映,这个记录往往并不准确。如果去Owner那儿买车,一般有Carfax的可能性不大,所以需要自己查,看一下有没有大修过,有没有事故,保养记录如何,多少个车主。

    Carfax需要花钱购买,$34.99一个,$45.99五个,账号有几个月的保存期。

    如果有需要Carfax的,可以给我留言,我还没用完。

    Other information might be helpful

    The one has the information of how to test the car’s performance

    http://www.tiandaoedu.com/liuxue/Ready/2009/0325/6704.html

    The one has a lot strategy of purchasing a car

    http://www.carbuyingtips.com/

    Statistical analysis of each index of car

    http://www.jdpower.com/cc/auto/index.jsp